Thomas-Walters Estate Planning October 2019

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October 2019

Traditions of Halloween Enjoying the Start of the Holiday Season

When I was a kid, Halloween was much simpler in some respects than it is today. We kids were pretty happy just to have our parents throw a sheet over us, hand us a pillowcase, and leave the house to gather candy. Today, both kids and parents seem to get into dressing up for the night and having a lot of fun. But there’s one aspect of Halloween that hasn’t changed at all: Kids love trick-or-treating. When I was growing up, I was happy to go around the neighborhood with my parents to try and fill my pillowcase as much as possible. This is a bit different than how I celebrate Halloween with my kids. It seems like all the traditional aspects of Halloween are becoming more and more popular each year. Our neighborhood is pretty unique in how we celebrate the Halloween festivities, and it’s one of the best areas to go trick-or-treating because every Halloween, both the street we live on and the street next to us shut down to cars and through traffic. Nearly the whole neighborhood gets together and throws a big Halloween block party. Even children from neighboring streets are invited, as there are no cars for parents to worry about. Kids can freely run up and down the street, going from house to “My kids are getting to the age where they’re too old to go out trick-or-treating. It’s a little sad to have this part of their lives come to a close, but I’m happy they’re planning this Halloween to be their big last hurrah.”

house in a mad dash to fill up their pillowcases with as much candy as possible.

one can see his face. He wears a mask every Halloween, sometimes as a stormtrooper or a monster. This year, he’s planning on going as the creature from“Stranger Things,” the Demogorgon. People will be hard-pressed to guess who is hiding under that costume. The whole family is pretty excited for Halloween. I always look forward to seeing my kids all dressed up, turning the front lawn into a graveyard, and handing out candy to the kids who come to our door. Halloween is also arguably the first celebration of the holiday season, which makes it an exciting time of year. No matter how you and your families celebrate Halloween this year, I hope you all have a wonderful and spooky night.

My kids are getting to the age where they’re too old to go out trick-or-treating. It’s a little sad to have this part of their lives come to a close, but I’m happy they’re planning this Halloween to be their big last hurrah. I thought last year might have been the one where they’d stop, but, according to my son, they’ve still got one night of trick-or-treating left in them. Both my son and my daughter are planning on dressing up as characters from the show“Stranger Things.” When I was their age, I wasn’t big on wearing costumes, but the two of them like dressing up every year. My daughter has always enjoyed going all-out for an ensemble. She’ll buy something she likes at the store and then customize it to fit whatever character she’s aiming to be for the night. My son likes the mystery of the night and dresses up so that no

-Les lie Thomas

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