Every year, when Halloween rolls around we all become very excited. “Halloween is my favorite holiday” the boy said. “Really? I would have thought it was Christmas” I responded. “Mom, Christmas is great too, but Halloween is awesome! You walk around a neighborhood and everyone gives you a piece of candy–a little present from the world”. I love his take on Halloween.
The doll loves this time of year too, for different reasons. She loves dressing up, decorating our picture window and the annual Halloween parade sponsored by our church and various school organizations; which runs down our street and around our neighborhood. Last year she dressed up, joined the parade and made it half way around before she realized, the kids dressed up on curb, watching the parade go by get all the candy. This year she walked half-way, then dropped out. Walking up to me afterward, she said, “Look there really isn’t that much candy is there!” Laughing I said, Doll you can’t have it both ways. Be happy you got anything at all. The boy dressed as Indiana Jones opted out of the parade. Later when someone asked him what he was dressed as, he replied, “A beggar” lifting his hat to show all the candy inside it.
Friday night the doll and her dad got busy creating their masterpieces. After she outlined the pumpkin face she went to work crafting her jack-o-lantern. “I was trying to leave a little peace of an eye…” she began “but, then I accidentally cut it out. So, I changed my mind.” She said, showing me the pumpkin part she cut out.
In the meantime daddy worked on the floor next to her on his own pumpkin. The boy, Mr. minimal as he’s known around here, decided the pumpkin looked best uncut. “Mom, we can just freeze it until next year” he suggested. Shaking my head I said, “Uh, yeah, that’s not happening!’
When all was said and done, we took the annual Halloween pumpkin picture. Sadly, something tells me our Halloween traditions are waning; especially when there are cartoons to watch instead of carving pumpkins. Sigh.