In case this photo doesn’t give it away, I think the most wonderful time of year may be Halloween, not Christmas. No buying gifts, no baking required, you get to pretend to be someone (or something) else, and then there’s …CANDY!
(Son1 told me about a bad dream he had the other night. It was Halloween and I was out of town for some reason. Surfer Guy had forgotten to buy candy, there was none on the shelves at the store, and Dad was having the kids put Cheerios into sandwich bags to hand out to trick or treaters. Son1, recalling the nightmare with true horror: “We were going to be one of those kinds of families!”–in reference to the households that give out healthy stuff instead of chocolate or other sugary treats.)
I do dearly love Halloween. Had so much fun as a kid. In our small town, after about 8 years old, you went together in a big group, no parent chaperone. I remember dressing up as a “Lady in Mourning” (Mom’s idea, old fashioned black dress with a hoop skirt, hat with veil), a cowgirl, and what doesn’t seem very politically correct now…a hobo. I was very little and my older brother was one as well. We wore our parents’ jeans, held up with suspenders. I had a “fur” collar around my neck, and we took the pots and pans from my doll cooking set and tied them to our belt loops.
Surfer Guy and I met on Halloween (dance at college) and so we’ve always had a special reason to celebrate. Our kids love it. After trick or treating, the neighborhood tradition has been to gather here for food and drink and then Surfer Guy has carnival-style games (Impossible Football Catch, for example) and the kids bet him candy. What a meanie to take little kids’ goodies, except they’re all very smart and only bet pieces they don’t like.
I collect Halloween decorations and particularly like those by designer/artist Bethany Lowe. This is one of my black cats. Notice the Halloween tree. He’s also carrying a little hat box kind of thing that really opens. Note the skull painted on the front.
Well, today I added a new fellow to my Halloween collection. We rode bikes around the bay (October in SoCal is beautiful!) and then hit our favorite holiday decorations store. They have a million Christmas things, but there is a special Halloween room. Very scary! They turn out the lights when you first go in and then everything lights up and shrieks and screams. Eek!
Speaking of which, we’re going to a costume bash the Saturday before the 31st. I don’t know what I’m going to wear…I’m considering dressing as Santa, because I find it particularly scary how close we are getting to that other Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
What is your fave holiday? Do you have an easy costume idea for me?