I have a confession… I Love Halloween but I HATE being scared, I don’t know why. It seems a little backwards right? Most of the people I know who LOVE Halloween love going to haunted houses and spooky corn mazes and watching scary movies – but you guys, I can’t even think about going to a haunted house with sweating and having a slight mental breakdown. Maybe I can blame it on all of my Halloween themed / haunted house birthday parties (my birthday is October 28th) because the birthday girl has to be tough and make it all the way through the haunted house… even if her friends have all wimped out and taken the chicken exit. Or maybe its because I have a super over active imagination and those clowns and zombies stick with me in my dreams for WEEKS after Halloween. Who knows?! But what I do know is that I have found lots of neat and not so spooky All Hallows Eve traditions over the years and I want to share a few of my favorites with you.
– Halloween Dinner: I had a classmate whose mom was awesome and made a HUGE batch of chicken and dumplings for all of the neighborhood kids before they went out trick or treating. It was so thoughtful of her to make sure that all the kiddos had a warm meal before they went out and got all sugared up. And it brought everyone together and is something they all remember getting to be a part of. Creating memories like this might be one of my favorite parts of Halloween.
– Movie Marathon & Handing Out Candy: This is for the older kids who are too old for trick or treating but a little too young to attend the parties. My sisters and I would go to grandmas house (because she lived in town… we lived in the boonies) and hand out candy to all the cute little kiddos. Seriously, there is nothing sweeter than seeing all the cute kids come and ask for candy. And while we were doing this – we always had some of our favorite Halloween movies playing. And since we are all scared of scary horror movies, we watched family friendly movies – our favorite is Hocus Pocus… we usually watched it at least 3 times. Side note with this one, you are going to want to make sure you have lots of extra candy since the hander outers will be sneaking pieces every time they hand it out to the trick or treaters.
– Family Costumes: Our family may have been a little odd on this one but it is so much fun. Starting when I was born with matching garbage bag pumpkin costumes, our family would dress up as a theme. That first year, it was my mom and all my aunts and little me. But as my many cousins were born, they all joined the fun. We were Teletubbies one year but my favorite was the year I was Cruella Devil and my cousins were all little Dalmatians – I only had 6 pups not 101 – but it was adorable. Not only did it make adorable pictures but it also helped our moms keep track of us while we were out collecting candy – just look for the group of puppies!
I hope these fun traditions help inspire you to come up with your own family traditions for this frightful holiday.
Until Next Time,