The Flu that Stole Halloween

Up until Friday, we were having a great Halloween season.  My son invited friends over last weekend for Halloween fun and games.  And, he spent all week practicing his dance moves for The Thriller dance in school on Friday.  He was suited up as Master Chief from Halo and ready to dance…when the stomach bug struck.  Running for the bathroom, he ripped his Master Chief costume trying to get it off.

As I entered the school to pick him up, all of the teachers were wishing him well and sorry that he wasn’t feeling better.  I got him home and to bed.  He has been crying this afternoon, because he is too sick to go trick or treating.  Instead of out with his friends, he is lying on the couch in his Master Chief costume watching Halo cartoons.  I have to admit I feel a little sad too.  I love going out in the neighborhood with him and seeing the excitement of all of the children–pure childhood joy!  But, tonight we are giving candy to the other children and wishing them a Happy Halloween!  I hope that you and your children are having a very Happy Halloween!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Ever since I was a child, I have waited with anticipation for Halloween.  I would spend months designing and creating my costumes.  And, my brothers and I would spend all evening trick or treating–only to catch our father sneaking candy out of our bags.  Another tradition continued in my house by my husband (one of the perks of being the parent).

Last night when I met a new Mom excited for her first Halloween, I knew I had met a kindred spirit.  Before going to the hospital to deliver her baby, she made sure to buy a pumpkin costume for baby’s first Halloween.  She has been waiting months to see her daughter in the costume, and her excitement was barely contained.  Listening to her, I enjoyed a flash back to my son’s first Halloween.  He was the most adorable Pooh Bear stuck in a honey pot.

Flash forward to today, my son is no longer a cuddly Pooh Bear.  This year he will be Master Chief from Halo.  Instead of bobby for apples at our party, we are fighting a Zombie Apocalypse in my yard.  Our Halloween party this year will be shooting at the Zombies that I have planted in my yard. Hoo-rah!  What are you doing for fun this Halloween?

The Bucket List

As soon as I finished my first trimester, I started forming a bucket list of the activities that I wanted to do with my child. The list was quite extensive by the time that my son was born and I couldn’t wait to get started. What I wasn’t prepared for was the wait to start my list. On the first holiday on my bucket list, Easter, he was still just eating and sleeping. It took until Halloween before he was finally ready to start working with me on the bucket list.

His first Halloween he was adorable in a Winnie the Pooh costume, crawling up to the door to say hello to everyone. In between trick or treaters, he played with the bowls of candy. He was more interested in all these strangers visiting him than eating candy.

Because there were still more Halloween activities on my bucket list, I couldn’t wait until the next year. At the top of my list was find the perfect costume. Since I couldn’t decide which costume was perfect, I bought two; a cowboy costume for his party at pre-school and Clifford the Big Red Dog for trick or treating.

Also on my list was a vision of baking cupcakes and allowing the kids to decorate their own cupcakes during class. Sadly, I found out that pre-school children don’t listen to instructions. Didn’t they realize this activity was on my bucket list? Instead of following the instructions for decorating their cupcakes, they put their faces I the cupcakes with frosting on their noses and cheeks. And then there was my little cowboy covered head to toe in frosting. Thank God for the second costume for trick or treating!

After a fun day at school, we went for our first trick or treating. He wasn’t able to walk too far. I spent most of the evening pushing him in his stroller between the houses and carrying him up the stairs to their front doors. He would softly knocked on a door, and look up with his big blue eyes at our neighbors. It was precious! They couldn’t resist him and filled his plastic pumpkin with candy. “You are the cutest Clifford that I have ever seen!” they all exclaimed.

Another item on my bucket list was a Halloween Party, but I waited until kindergarten to invite all of his friends from school to join us for bobbing for apples, do a trick and win a treat, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating and a big cauldron of witch’s punch with floating eyeballs. Checking the home Halloween party off of my list, I moved onto the PTA school Halloween party the following year. What do you get when you combine bouncy houses, games, food, music and dancing with hundreds of elementary school children? Thunderous Chaos! It took me days to recover from the noise and confusion. I’m glad that we have checked that item off my list.

This past year I finally completed my Halloween bucket list. Someone posted on Facebook that our neighborhood was the best place for trick or treating in the area. Car loads of people came to join our quiet neighborhood. It was great! It reminded me of the Halloween fun of my youth. Lots of happy people enjoying the night.

While not everything on my list turned out exactly as I had envisioned it, I have many fond memories that I will always treasure. Since we have just begun my list with Halloween, we will be continuing my bucket list for more holidays in later posts. Join the dialogue by sharing about your bucket list. Bucket lists can include activities from all year round and are not limited to specific holidays. What have you checked off of your list so far? What items are you still looking forward to?