When my kids were growing up, we enjoyed the excitement leading up to Halloween. (No, these are not my kids). The shopping for the costumes, large pumpkins, candy to pass out, and even the container they would carry for their special treats. I remember being exhausted travelling from Grandparent's house to Grandparent's house to Aunt & Uncle's house, to Best friends house, then around our neighborhood. My kids were trained that we examine the candy before eating. Each would make their own piles and do their trading after we examined it. They would usually give Mike and I our favorite candies.
Some of my most enjoyable times were when I was their Room Mom in Elementary school and helped plan the parties. I can remember one year going to McDonald's and getting Big Mac containers donated to later change them into treat containers. We spray painted them black and added black pipe cleaners and turned them into spiders. My mom helpers and I had a blast working around my kitchen table. I was blessed to be able to work at their school, which made it a lot more convenient. The costume parade was a highlight of the school party.
A few days before Halloween we would carve the pumpkins at the kitchen table and I would usually bake the seeds. I loved how they would get so creative with their carvings. We would put a candle inside and sit out on the porch.
Now, I'm a grandparent and I get to enjoy opening the door to my little trick-or-treaters and await their arrival with camera. I look forward to my own grand kids and nephews kids coming by and meeting up with their cousins who they haven't seen in a while. And the neighbor kids. It's like a little family reunion. And the traditions live on....What's yours?