How I learned to love Halloween
In case you're wondering why I suddenly have such an enthusiasm for Halloween, I thought I'd better explain. I have a few friends who are Halloween-CRAZED --they know who they are, but I've never been a big fan. Dustin and Nate both have birthdays just days before and it seems like there are so many stinking things going on that time of year. You've got school parties, friend parties, Church parties, neighborhood parties, going to the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins and then the actual day itself. Then there's always the gobs of crappy candy you don't want your kids to eat that they've gatehred through all these events.
So in general, I've just never done very much around the house for Halloween. I figure there's enough going on already. My big thing last year was getting the kids pumpkin shirts because Nate loved pumpins so much. We've never even carved a pumpkin!
Last week I was talking to Ellie's room mom about how we should start planning the Halloween class party. When I taught school we had the BEST Halloween parties. One mom brought in smoke machine! Anyway, back to the story. So the mom e-mails Ellie's teacher and we find out that there is no Halloween party! The school district doesn't allow you to celebrate Halloween. WHAAAATTTTT? I'm going to spend $50 on a Halloween outfit and Ellie isn't going to have 80 billion things to go to? She's in school all day so she's missing out on half the usual Halloween hub bub. PLus it's a uniform school, so it's not like she can even wear a pumpkin shirt to school.
Suddenly Halloween has a whole new appeal to me. I don't know if I'm drawn to it because it's taboo, or just because I feel bad that Ellie won't get to enjoy a two week long celebration. Whatever it is, I'm suddenly in love with Halloween. Jill and I are re-instating the neighborhood Halloween party -- Janel and Casey are dying to help out I just know it! Monday I went out to Target and went Halloween crazy. We've been eating off of Halloween placemats this week and I can't wait for October 1st to put out my pumpkins. I love Halloween! Bring it on!!!