Hey! I got some Halloween decorations out more than 10 days before Halloween! Usually it ends up being the day before Halloween and we decide it really isn’t worth it. I was subjected to some guilt-inducing moments, though. As the boys were putting out our various knick-knacks I heard them say things like “I’m so excited” and “This is my favorite time of the year” — I hope they don’t look back on their childhood as a time of disappointment in a Mom who didn’t have her holiday decorating act together.
What started me on my spurt of holiday cheer was finding this cute banner on a blog on Saturday. (The blog is Allsorts, here’s the direct link the post with the letters for the banner . I need to go back and straighten out the rick-rack so that the letters lay flatter.
We bought some pumpkins the other night, the boys have been asking to carve jack-o-lanterns this year. My husband claims that the boys and I carved pumpkins last year, but I have absolutely no recollection of that. I can’t seem to find any photographs, which seems odd — wouldn’t you think I would take pictures if I had gone to all of the work of carving pumpkins?
I’m not sure when we are going to tackle that. I want to find a recipe for roasting the seeds. My husband says he’s never had roasted pumpkin seeds before. Halloween is not his favorite holiday — I think we could skip right past it and he’d be just fine. The boys though: they talk about Halloween and Halloween costumes all year long. Every week or so someone will say “I’m going to be XYZ this year.” And I will say “That’s nice, honey.” And I’ll know that next week XYZ will be ABC and the week after it will be LMNOP.
And I can guarantee you that that conversation will start on approximately November 1st.
As I was attempting to fall asleep last night I started thinking about Halloween memories from when I was a kid. I don’t remember all of my Halloween costumes — I do remember in 3rd grade I was a Fairy Godmother and had the silliest get-up — it involved a pink tutu and I don’t know what else.
For several years we lived next to a family that became very close friends (back in May my Mom and I went to the wedding blessing for the daughter of the family). The daughter was Princess Leia for several years — it seems like they may have even had to buy her a 2nd (bigger) costume as the years went by. Our Dad’s were in the Navy and often out to sea, but I remember several Halloween’s when they were both home at the same time and the Dad’s were the ones that took the 5 of us kids trick-or-treating. They brought their mugs with them — I think there were several homes in our neighborhood that had hot cider available for the grown-ups. Now that I’m a grown-up, I wonder — do you suppose that cider had anything “extra” in it?
I think my favorite costumes for the boys was the year they were 2: I made (made!) Eeyore and Tigger costumes:
Look at them! It doesn’t get a whole lot cuter than that. I made those big enough that they actually wore them the next year, as well.
I’ve enjoyed seeing Halloween costumes on other people’s blogs — I’d love to hear more about Halloween memories and stories!
Have a great Monday –