Halloween has been an all time favorite of mine for as long as I could remember. I loved growing up on Bleeker Place in NYC. We had a tight group of friends on the block and you can count on someone’s parents throwing an amazing Halloween party for us kids. Year after year we couldn’t wait to dress up and trick or treat and dive into the scare fest.
However, once we hit middle school there was this crazy thing called egging. We used to run around the neighborhood with shaving cream and eggs and throw them at other kids participating in this madness. So far as a parent, I haven’t seen “egging” reappear. And I am hoping its something that doesn’t become a trend and stays buried in the past where it belongs.
Like most parents, Bobby and I want to make Halloween the most memorable for our kids. We dress up with them and go trick or treating year after year. There are many steps we take as a family to make it memorable.
We always start the season off with visiting a pumpkin patch. If you didn’t read about our visit, you can read about it here. From hay rides to corn mazes, a pumpkin patch is a great way to start the season off right. My advice is why go to one when you can go to a few to maximize your experience.
Carving pumpkins at a close friends house was surely a hit. The kids loved drawing silly faces on the pumpkins, while dad got to carve it out for them. It’s such blessing to find friends with similar interests for the children. We get to have our adult conversations and the kids get to experience the fun.
For both the kids and the adults, the costumes are everything when it comes to Halloween. We like to let the kids choose. Jackson & Dylan opted for a Zombie football player and cheerleader, while I was drawn to being a MOMBIE due to my exhausted state of mind. However, I did try to be a chef with a baby lobster, but that lasted for about 60 seconds. Ultimately, baby Brody and Daddy looked adorable as the Karate Kids while Roman was a very happy Ninja Turtle.
Go Green… Another cool concept is to go green with your costumes and use all recycled materials. I am hoping to try that one year.
Trick or Treat
For us, we got together with our neighborhood and crawled the streets. We all dressed up for the most part and gathered in a cul-de-sac for a small pre-party to kick things off. We then watched the kids, groups at a time as they went door to door in search of the best candy. I like to keep a close eye on my kids due to past Halloween that spooked me.
When our little girl was three, we lost her in a crowd. She exited the side of a home that was on a corner and ended up three homes ahead of us. It was horrifying to say the least. I was screaming for her and my son Jackson was crying reacting to his distressed mom. I never want that to happen again so I make Jackson and Dylan hold Roman’s hand assuring he doesn’t stray too far. Another saving grace for me is flash lights: I like to carry a big one that can light up 50 feet ahead of me and the littles hold small hand held ones they can wear on their head.
Candy and The Great Big Pumpkin
My dear friend Susan told me about this one. She told me to have the children pick out 10-20 pieces of candy and to leave the rest out for the Great Big Pumpkin because he comes and takes all the candy and leaves each child a cool present. We did it this year and it worked like a charm. Such a great way to get the bad stuff out of your house.
Overall it was another great year. I would love to hear from you. Please share any fun recipes or fun traditions you do with your kids. Comment Below