This was once one of my absolute favorite holidays; but, it has slipped in the rankings over the years.
When we lived in a populated town/city this holiday had a lot of action around it. So much going on: the decorating and parties; the get-togethers, haunted houses, costumes and trick-or-treating. Even the Halloween inspired cooking and baking was a must! I would start working on stuff the first week of October. With three kids, I usually made their costumes. More often than not, I would be working on them up to the last minute before they headed out to overload their buckets! I really did enjoy it; it was all a lot of fun!
I haven’t done anything Halloween-ish in the last few years.
It’s not like I said: no more! I am done with it all. No, it was gradual. Country living can wean you from a lot of the hubbub (and those occasional over-doing-it’s).
Hubbub – a word from my upbringing. Does anybody even use it anymore? I love the definition: noise, uproar and confusion. The synonyms are just as old-school as the original word: ruckus, clatter, and hullabaloo. No matter how you say it… it can sum up how the Halloween holiday can go, any holiday really, if you don’t keep it simple (streamline it and keep things in check). 🙂
So, simple is where we are these days with this Halloween holiday. It’s so simple that it’s practically non-existent. We are, officially, not even carving a pumpkin. Well, the carving I am doing is: cutting it up and baking it to eat! 🙂
The kids are grown up and have moved out. But even before that, the holiday activities had gradually dissipated over the years, since we moved out of any city limits. We still carved pumpkins and would just buy a bag of candy to indulge on. There wasn’t really any trick-or-treating going on in the sticks. You packed up everyone and drove to the closest town to do so. This (long, drawn-out, night) would eventually be ‘bought-out’ (or traded-in for) with a bag of candy (let’s just simplify all this craziness, shall we?).
Yes, the farther removed we got the cheaper the holiday got too! Halloween for around 25 bucks (for 3 kids)… ummm, okay! 🙂 They seemed pretty content with it. They still got to pick out and carve a pumpkin, they still got their candy (and actually picked what they wanted! What a dream! All chocolate and no suckers? Yay!). We even kept up with some of the fun baking. This worked out just fine as they all grew into their teen years. Teenagers and Halloween becomes ‘their-deal’ and not a huge concern, as the parent, to keep them fully entertained. They are off doing their own thing (while hopefully being smart and safe about whatever it was they chose to do).
Well, it’ll be a regular-ole evening for us. And I see this trending. I’m totally okay with it. Where we live, we don’t even see any signs that Halloween is going on around us. Just a quiet, mellow, country road. However, we might see a black cat, there’s definitely some big spiders around here with webs to match. Bats? Not sure. The full moon has already passed. And, let’s see, what other cliché things are Halloween? A witch and a ghost, a zombie and a werewolf, the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane. I guess those will have to be found in a movie or two. 🙂 Yes, it has definitely become a normal-ish day.
Have a safe and fun Halloween, whatever it is you find yourself doing. Even if it’s… nothing at all. 🙂