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Costumes and Candy What Halloween Means to Me
Nothing makes you more nostalgic for childhood than Halloween. Back in those days, kids had to be strategic with their trick-or-treating. We didn’t have GPS or cellphones to help us navigate from place to place, and our parents weren’t exactly willing to drive us to the most well-to- do neighborhoods. I spent more time planning my route than I spent planning my outfit. In fact, my most memorable costume from my childhood wasn’t even used for Halloween, but for the day after. When I was young, my family used to celebrate All Saints’ Day rather than Halloween. I was too little to remember if we followed all the traditions or not, but one thing we did was dress up as different saints. One year, when I was 6 or 7, I went as St. Francis, a mustached man and also my namesake. I don’t know where in the scriptures it says that the patron saint of nature had a big mustache, but someone in the family got the idea of painting one on me.
candy is still fun for them, but
they have little intention of eating it. Let’s just say complimentary bowls of candy will be available at our office by the time November rolls around.
“I never imagined when I was younger that Halloween could be even more magical as a parent than as a child.”
The adults in our family aren’t left out of the fun. We have an aunt who lives nearby, and she started bringing her golf cart to the festivities. That way, we parents can cruise along and chat while keeping an eye on the kids. Sometimes we’ll even ferry them between neighborhoods. I never imagined when I was younger that Halloween could be even more magical as a parent than as a child. But getting to experience the holiday through my children’s eyes has been an absolute blast. More than candy or costumes, it’s a day for having fun and creating memories with your family. I can’t wait to see what costumes the kids come up with this year.
None of my subsequent Halloween costumes got nearly as many laughs as my St. Francis ‘stache, but that was okay with me. I was far more interested in filling my pillowcase with candy than wowing people with my costume. I used to think I was the master at trick-or-treating until I met my nephew. If you think using a pillowcase sounds like a bit much, you should know that my nephew had the inspired idea of using a garbage bag! There was no way he was going to eat all the candy he managed to collect, but I have to say I admire his enthusiasm. As for my own kids, they’re sort of the inverse of me. They aren’t much for sweets, and Halloween is more about the fun of getting dressed up. One year, they went as zombies, with fake blood and gruesome face paint. It was strangely cute and creepy at the same time. Getting
From our family to yours, have a safe and happy Halloween!
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