This weekend and the Holiday, monday, will be very busy for me, so, I’m saying it now. Happy Halloween. I have various costumes to finish, play taxi driver for the kids to their parties, an annual Library Birthday Fund Raiser that I always participate in, a Chili Cookoff (gotta defend my win),
and candy to buy for the urchins. I’m room mom for my youngest daughter, and we have a tradition of a big Halloween party for the class. I give foods gross names and have a really horrid looking punch that tastes great. The kids love it, and always make sure I bring the putrid punch and monkey brains, etc. Oh, Eggs and Toilet Paper to hide from my oldest two.
My parents never were into holidays. If the neighbor kids were lucky, Mom would buy a little bit of candy to hand out.
I used to make my costume, and later think of ones for my younger siblings. I remember going out with the neighbors and spending the night Trick or Treating. A good haul was a paper grocery bag full. Dave one of our neighbor boys would usually made it home with two of them full. Ahhhh the indulgence and sheer joy of that much candy to a kid. Yes, even way back then, we had heard of drugs and razor blades in candy and fruit, a cursory glance and we were satisfied. I would make my candy last, for what seemed forever. My brother, John, two years younger, would eat his as fast as he possibly could, then try and find my stash. I hear so many people gripe about Halloween, I wish they would remember when they were young, the fun and excitement they felt, or the lump you get as a parent when you take your little one out and see that moment they make the connection of, all I have to do is say, trick or treat and people give me candy!!
The most embarassing Halloween, I was in 8th grade, and our family went on vacation during Halloween. My parents had befriended and older gentleman who was on the slow side, but he was very good with our dog. They asked him to stay at our house and take care of the dog, and hand out the candy my Mom had bought. When we came back, I had kids I didn’t even know come up and either give me crap or just want to know what kind of weird people we were. It seems that Ray had run out of candy early in the evening, and I guess not wanting to turn anyone away, he looked through the kitchen for something else to hand out. My Mom never has been one to keep much on hand in the kitchen, so, all he could find was, potatoes…. Yep, uncooked good ol potatoes, and that’s what he handed out. One per person mind you! LOL It’s funny, now! So, Happy Halloween and here’s hoping you don’t get a potato. LOL BIG HUGS, Steph
Below, a cute Halloween Cartoon to make you smile, and, now, don’t get too excited, … me in my sexy Halloween costume! "I’m too sexy for my costume, too sexy for my costume, too sexy, Yeaaah"