I’ve always loved dress-up so, as you can imagine, Halloween is one of my favourite holidays each year! As a child, I would spend months making my Halloween costumes. They weren’t store bought; they were always home made and elaborate. I wish I had photos to show you but sadly I don’t (a subtle reminder to all parents to take lots of photos of your kids’ costumes). One year, I was a “dice” and I spent hours painting the black dots on the white background of the box. Of course, my cheeks were face painted with dice and my stockings were covered in polka dots. Another year, a friend and I dressed up as Raggedy Ann and Andy. We even made the wigs out of red wool – one strand at a time. You can imagine my excitement when it was time to make costumes for my sons. Inevitably they wanted to be action heroes such as Spiderman and Superman. My kids weren’t satisfied with one-day celebrations and, in fact, there were several years when they insisted on wearing their costumes all day, every day (except on school days because of the required school uniform). They even went out for dinner to restaurants in their costumes. I was happy to indulge them because imaginary play and dress-up is a very important stage of childhood development. My sons are away at university now but apparently there are still Halloween parties. Listening to the stories about the costumes some of these students wear is shocking and hilarious. Even as an empty-nester, I am still excited about the prospect of sitting on my porch with my dogs and handing out the treats on October 31st. There’s nothing cuter than watching the little kids skip with joy from house to house, bewildered by all of the free candy everyone is giving to them. As for house decorations, I’m sorry to admit my efforts have been rather boring over the past couple of years. When the boys were younger, we used to hang spiders, bats and skeletons from the rooftop and we always made a scarecrow out of bundles of straw and old clothes. The scarecrow sat on the chair on our front porch until the first snowfall. Even our pumpkins were carved elaborately; each of the boys picked their own pumpkin and designed the face they wanted to carve. Sadly, my Halloween decorations this year will be my ceramic pumpkin with the light bulb inside of it. I just don’t seem to have the same energy for climbing up the ladder and hanging all of the Halloween paraphernalia. But I certainly admire the efforts of my neighbours. The skeletons, ghosts and spider webs adorning people’s front yards intrigue even my dogs. In fact, my puppy decided to attack one of the hands that were protruding from a neighbour’s lawn the other day. I couldn’t stop laughing because I honestly think my puppy thought he needed to save me from this predator! What are your plans for Halloween this year? Are your kids still young? What costumes are they wearing?
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