Ohhh, Halloween. Scary movies, kids running around on a sugar high, answering the door to five teenagers in hoodies…
What I do love is experiencing Halloween with Molly (Queen of the Ocean) and Brady (Jake the Pirate.) Watching them run up and knock on doors, screaming “Trick or Treat!” with their bags clutched in their tight little fists. Then running back to me on chubby little pirate legs and with hoop skirt dresses a-flying yelling, “We got candy!”
Let me tell you, these kids can move if candy is involved. Making beds? Cleaning rooms? That can take hours. But we can do a two block circuit at a 6mph pace in 45 minutes.
Here are some other things I’ve learned about Halloween over the past couple of years…
You will have zero control over costume choice after the age of two. Your four year old will say, “I want to be the Queen of the Ocean!” And then you have to figure out what that looks like.
Rookie mom mistake year one: letting them eat every piece as they got them. Not good. Now we have a two piece limit.
You will have to remind them to say “thank you.”
After every single house. Candy hunger clouds their brains.
The slutty fourteen year olds dressed up like…hmmmm….will make you look twice and shake your head. Not my daughter! No sireee!
And then you will feel 100 years old.
You will raid their candy bags when they fall asleep and eat the best stuff…and throw out anything that looks god awful. Pixie stix? Not on your life. Reese’s? Those are MINE.
Now if you’ll excuse me I must go eat some more candy…someone’s got to get rid of it, right?