Holiday Traditions~Fun Monday

For this week’s Fun Monday, Deborah of the Humble Housewife wants to know about a holiday tradition. So, I’ve been sitting here trying to write about the Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings of my youth, but my mind keeps going back to Halloween.  So I’m giving up on my original thought and going where my muse wants me. 

I’ve always loved Halloween.  You get to dress up in your most outrageous outfit, throw on lots of sparkles and glitter and everyone thinks you look wonderful.  (Any other day of the year, those same people look at you as though you are nuts) And, if you still happen to be a kid, you get to wonder around the neighborhood at night begging for candy.  What’s not to love about that?

Before we had children, I used to create costumes for Shaun and myself.  One of my very favorites was a dragon for my beloved.  I’m still quite impressed with the man that donned a huge, green felt body suit and stuffed dragon head.  Only, when he wore it to work at his bartending job, it was aptly renamed a “Lounge Lizard”. 

We were so excited that first Halloween that we had KT.  I whipped up an adorable purple clown costume for her and we hauled our ten month old baby girl around the neighborhood to trick or treat.  Most people understood that the camera wielding young couple were just excited and showing off their pride and joy, but there were others that thought we were just plain nuts. (Not that we cared!)

Every year since then, that had become our tradition.  I would make the costumes and we would both wander the neighborhood with them.  (Of course we both had to go…neither one of us could bear to miss out on the fun.  We simply left a bowl of candy on the porch and let the other kids fight over it).

Sadly for us, this year was a bit different.  KT felt that, at nearly 16, she was too old to go.  (last year she went around collecting for UNICEFF). Mimi knew she was really too old as well, so she went home from school with a friend that had younger siblings.  She “helped them out” and collected her own loot in the process.

Shaun had called from work asking KT and I too join him for dinner.  We met him at the food court of a nearby mall.  (I never said it was a fancy dinner!) We enjoyed each other’s company as we watched the children dressed up in costumes trick or treat through the mall.  Maybe this will be our new tradition…Although I do feel a smidge guilty about that huge bag of candy that we didn’t end up giving out…

Today I am thankful for…being able to sleep in an extra hour!

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0 Responses to Holiday Traditions~Fun Monday

  1. Stephanie says:

    If you ever want to “borrow” any kids…just let me know 🙂 I have a few to spare.

  2. Sandy says:

    Now is the time to dress up and scare the bejeebers out of the kids who come to trick or treat! Think what fun!

  3. photowannabe says:

    Hubby and I dressed as clowns for Halloween. The kids were so surprised when we opened the door. Most eneded up giving us compliments about our costumes. that was fun, since this was our first holiday in our new neighborhood. We even met some of the neighbors. i guess we will be tagged as the crazy new neighbors from now on.

  4. You’re tradition has evolved into something new. Now, you’ll take the kids to dinner. Sounds great to me.

  5. mrsgatt says:

    I love Halloween too, because it gives me a chance to be a kid again…tricks, costumes, candy. What’s not to love.

  6. Pavel says:

    Making costumes for you and hubby sounds awesome! That must have created some great memories. Halloween is just plain fun…

  7. chrisb says:

    I think it’s great that you dressed up, we really don’t have such a tradition of Halloween here in the UK.

  8. Kell says:

    Sleeping an extra hour is something to be thankful for!

    I love handing out Halloween candy because it’s the only chance I get to see everyone in costumes. We don’t usually dress up in costumes, but I do wear a black head band with a bat sticking out of the top of it.

  9. Tiggerlane says:

    My kid Loooooves dressing up for Halloween – and she’s almost 14. I hope she doesn’t get too old for it! I love dressing her up! I dressed up once as a bag of raked-up leaves – most uncomfortable costume EVAH!

  10. Tink says:

    A Lounge Lizard! Hahaha. Do you have pictures of those handmade costumes? I would LOVE to see them. I’m just not crafty like that.

  11. FeeFiFoto says:

    I love Halloween too. It’s the main holiday, aside from one’s birthday, that’s all about me me me: gimme stuff and look at me!

  12. mjd says:

    That is a fun tradition. Did you see my Halloween post with my son Luke’s costumes? He likes Halloween too.

  13. Dawn says:

    The time will go by fast and you will have grandchildren and perhaps they will go to grandma’s to set out on their adventure.

  14. Karmyn R says:

    I’m thinking that maybe in a few years (like, hopefully 10) your daughter will have grandchildren you can make costumes for!!

  15. Patsy Ann says:

    Hey, Did you forget? Now is the time that you have Halloween Parties, invite the neighbors and the teen kids and all your friends, have the old dive for apples, and all the halloween/fall games fun fun too bad that you forgot, and you get to dress up too! love mom

  16. Alix says:

    I love Halloween too and I think we need to see pictures of the costumes!
    That extra hour this morning was great but I hate that it was dark at 6pm!

  17. Alix is right, pictures would be FANTASTIC :).

    One of my kids’ favorite things to do as children was to play dress up…we still have many of their costumes squirrelled away somewhere, and I have lovely blackmail pics of my boys in their sister’s dresses!

    I used to always shop the day AFTER Halloween to get bargains for the next year (but they’d start wearing them right away).

  18. Lisa's Chaos says:

    It is sad to see the kiddies grow up. 🙁 But someday you’ll have grandkids to dress up. 🙂

  19. I may borrow you to help me make some costumes! LOL! Dan Dan’s grandmother has plenty of land for them to spread out. LOL!

  20. Debbie says:

    That would be fun to sit and watch little ones trick or treat.

  21. Kaytabug says:

    I want to have the kids trick or treat for unicef too! But I will wait until they get to old for it!
    Once they do get too old then i will enjoy sitting on my porch handing out the candy and remembering when my babies used to be that young.

  22. robinellablog says:

    I remember mall trick or treating. I think it sounds like a fine new tradition. People watching is a lot of fun.

  23. Ann says:

    I love Halloween too. I can’t believe your able to make such elaborate costumes. I’m impressed.

  24. Hilary says:

    Fun idea.. wish I’d have thought of it years ago. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  25. min says:

    How come my teens are just now beginning to think trick-or-treating is fun? They’re those annoying ‘big kids’ that come to the door sans costurme and make people wonder about what lousy parents they must have to let them horn-in on the little kids’ holiday.
    Actually, they just like being out at night. Their candy usually ends up going to little kids anyway.

  26. Christine says:

    My kids love Halloween, dressing up. They start counting the days down. My oldest daughter is 13, and she still wanted to dress up ths year, but I can see in the next couple of years, she’ll just want to help out her brother and sisters.
    *sniff* It is sad to see them growing up.

  27. Karina says:

    I’m just now making it around to the Fun Mondayers…better late than never, right? Anyway, it’s sad that your tradition has reached an end with the girls growing up, but hopefully now, this new tradition of having dinner together (or maybe a completely new tradition) will take hold.

  28. Jo Beaufoix says:

    I know every ones said this, but there may be grandkids, and you’ll be the coolest granny on the planet when you make their costumes.

  29. theotherbear says:

    Sounds great with all those home made costumes. Sort of sad that your kid grew too big but there will be new fun different things 🙂

  30. my across-the-street neighbor came over on halloween dressed up with her just-turned-one-year-old daughter. they were so cute, i took their picture! maybe they’ll be caring on your tradition for you. 🙂

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