Halloween will be here soon. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. However, I’m sure this year will be much different than in the past due to the pandemic. I’m expecting to see very few if any trick or treaters. I will buy some candy though, just in case. Chances are I will be sending that candy to work with Vic for the people that work in the shop the day after Halloween.
When my kids were small, I took them trick or treating every Halloween. After dinner they would all get dressed in their Halloween costumes. We would all head out, them carrying their cute little Halloween buckets to get their trick or treat candy. Just about every year it was the same routine. Walk around the neighborhood and then just a little further. They usually got tired before me. We were always home early. They never wanted to walk very far. Not like when I was little. Back in the day, when I went trick or treating, my big sister would take me out trick or treating. I carried a pillow case and walked until I could hardly carry it anymore. We would go home, dump it out, and go back out in the opposite direction. I had enough candy to last until Christmas for me and everyone else.
When the kids got to be teenagers, they didn’t want their mom walking them on Halloween night to go trick or treating. The three of them went walking and I stayed home on candy duty. I didn’t mind. I loved to see all the costumes and happy faces.
One year, instead of candy, I gave out breakfast bars. I bought so many boxes of breakfast bars, but I knew I would have a lot of kids coming to the door. I didn’t want to run out. I thought it might be nice to give out something that was a little nutritious instead of candy. I figured everyone gave candy. How many will give out breakfast bars? A couple of my friends told me “Kids don’t want nutritious breakfast bars, they want candy”.
The next year at Halloween, I bought candy for the trick or treaters. In fact, I bought six big bags of candy because we always had a lot of trick or treaters. Wouldn’t you know it? The kids from the year before remembered where they got the breakfast bars and were looking for more this year. They would knock at the door and I would compliment their costumes and tossed some candy in their bags. They would look at me and say “What’s that?” I said “Candy” they would say “Last year you gave out breakfast bars. They were good. Are you giving out any of those?” They seemed disappointed to get candy. Kids can be full of surprises.
About seven years ago, my youngest daughter called me and asked me to go walking with her and two of my grandchildren when they went trick or treating. They were so cute in their costumes. We walked for quite a while until they were tired and then we went out for something to eat. It was a fun night.
This coming Halloween, I will be staying home. If you are staying home, you can still make it a fun Halloween night. You can make it a family game night. Or, make it a family movie night. Make some popcorn, grab your favorite beverage play a board game and/or put a movie on. My favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus. It stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker along with other actors and actresses. It’s a 1993 movie, but I think it’s great. Do you have a favorite Halloween movie? What is it?
If you are venturing out for Halloween this year and even if you’re not, there are some really great Halloween items to shop for. I have four items listed below and where you can find them!
- Halloween Witch Necklace flying on a broom, of course! You can find this in my shop GemstoneArtsDesigns. This is a cute necklace available in either silver plated or stainless steel. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/868847001
- Two Masks Washable Cotton Face Mask with Filter Pocket by CarolArtBoutique. These mask are adorable and perfect for the fall season. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/868910597
- Friends Halloween Shirt by RJCCustomGraphics. The perfect color t-shirt this season! Pair them up with your favorite jeans. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/732756259
- Monogrammed Halloween Bucket by TSKMonogrammedGifts. Kids are sure to love these to go trick or treating or even carrying their school items. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/554823037
I have been working in my shop, getting it ready for the holidays. There is so much to do and so little time. Have a fun Halloween and don’t eat too much candy! Happy Halloween!