Halloween wasn’t a holiday my family ever celebrated, but here are my top five memories:
- Turning off all the lights, pulling the shades down, and sitting in the darkness to watch a movie. I felt like a spy! (Or maybe someone hiding from the spies…)
- Telling my dad I had to “walk the dog,” and then hiding in the bushes with my siblings. We giggled and watched the costumed kids walk by right in front of us.
- Getting a piece of candy from my Grandma’s leftover trick-or-treat stash, plus $5 in a Halloween card.
- Carving jack-o-lanterns when we were really little, and roasting the seeds we scooped out of the pumpkins. I still love to roast and eat pumpkin seeds!
- Walking around the day after Halloween, looking for dropped candy in the street, and admiring the toilet-papered trees. I always thought it would be fun to toilet paper a tree. If I do, I’ll make sure I use one of my own maples!
I still don’t celebrate Halloween, but my kids know it’s a national holiday. How can you escape it? It’s EVERYWHERE! My kids and I have had some good chats about why we don’t celebrate this holiday, and why their dad and I won’t let them go trick-or-treating or watch parades. I know I can’t force my beliefs on my kids, so I hope my kids see my actions measure up to my words! I mess up sometimes.