How nice that Halloween falls on a Saturday this year. The little ones don’t have to go to school, and can instead focus on the fun ahead this evening. I sure do miss the days when our kids were little and we hosted the annual Halloween parties with the all important scavenger hunts. It was a safe way to have lots of kids, games and goodies and of course gave the parents a reason to dress up and celebrate. Most of the school friends and neighborhood children attended and the scavenger hunt was always the highlight of the night. Split into 2 teams they would search my property for Halloween related items that were hidden earlier in the day. Oh, the excitement in their faces when they would find the most witch’s nails, or the tiny skeleton worth so many points. Our boys certainly developed a love for this holiday, and even at 25 and 22 I can be certain they will do something tonight to celebrate. My husband and I still dress up, put on some horror sounds cds, light the just carved pumpkin and some candles, sit outside and give out candy. Haven’t decided what we’ll dress up as yet, but by sundown we will have figured it out.
Sure, I know it’s a scary world out there, but for the most part people really aren’t so bad. Keeping kids safe is paramount and that’s pretty easy to do if parents participate appropriately. Obviously young ones need to be escorted and all trick-or-treaters should wear clothing that can be seen in the dark. Any unwrapped treats should be discarded. Don’t forget to keep the chocolate, and anything with artificial sweeteners AWAY from your dogs!
If you are in the midst of a weight loss program, perhaps today (or even better, tomorrow) makes for a good cheat day. Everyone knows one of the most fun things about this holiday is going through the kids candy to find what we love best. Allow yourself this indulgence as it only comes once a year. Come Monday, I’ll be sending any leftover candy to hubby’s office…. let his co-workers figure out what to do with it….it’s all part of our tradition.
HAVE A VERY HAPPY HALLOWEEN ONE AND ALL