Tag Archives: Halloween

Too Much of a Good Thing

I love Halloween. Kids in costumes, glowing pumpkins, roasting seeds, raiding the kids’ candy stash. What’s more fun than that?

Last year, I loved it way more than Leo did. I forced / bribed him into his monkey costume. (Pro Tip: Saying, “Do you want candy? Yes? Then get in this costume!” is not bribery; it’s an incentive system.)

This year, I’m not sure how Leo feels about Halloween. But I know how he feels about his giraffe costume: Continue reading

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Haunted House How To

Zoe loved being a (not at all scary) ladybug.

So far, Halloween as a parent is more fun every year.  (I assume this stops at some point, but let’s not worry about that today.)

This year, I thought visiting the Scouts’ Haunted House was a great idea.  From 5:30 to 6:30, the lights would be on.  The posters promised games that sounded fun for little kids.  So, Zoe and I made a date with her friend Sam and his mom.  What could possibly go wrong?

Oh, my friends.

For starters, “lights on” was a pretty loose concept.  It was dark up in there.

Also, there was spooky music.  And surprisingly scary and gory stuff around every corner.  (Way to go, Scouts!  Seriously, impressive work.)

Now, since this was a haunted house, I really had no excuse for being so surprised.  Heather and I hurried through the house of horrors as quickly as we could, clutching our frightened children to our chests and saying, “It’s just pretend!” over and over.

Amazingly, Zoe did not scream like the poor little girl in front of us.  (More amazingly, neither did I.)  I’d like to credit my awesome parental soothing skills, but I think the real hero was a fourth grader from Beckville.  As we entered the too-scary-but-too-late-now haunted house, one of the glowing skeletons waved at me.  “Pastor!” he whispered.

Relieved, I said, “Hi, Sam!  Look, Zoe, it’s our friend Sam from church!”  And sweet Sam lifted up his mask and grinned.  Zoe was still scared, but she was comforted.  There’s just a chance she isn’t scarred for life.

There’s a lesson here, team.  In fact, there are at least two:

1. Haunted houses are scary.

2. If you don’t want to be scared, ask the skeletons to lift up their masks.

If I had been a little faster, you might have seen Zoe’s face under the witch’s hat.

Do you like being scared?  What are your spookiest or silliest Halloween memories?


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Halloween Greetings!

Two things I love: Halloween and the public domain photos on Flickr.

Put them together, and what do you get?  Bippity, boppity, BOO:

Hallow'een greeting.

If I were a different sort of person, I would totally send this card to all my unmarried friends.  (Halloween Greeting, ladies!)

Instead, I will use my powers for good.  Did you know, friends, that on Halloween night you can see your future husband’s face in the mirror?  All you do is this:

Retire into a dark room with a lighted candle. Place the candle in front of a mirror and gaze into the glass. At the same time, you must be eating an apple or combing your hair. After a few moments it is said that the face of your future husband will appear over your shoulder.  (NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART)

So, single ladies and gentlemen, that’s your Halloween activity all lined up.

Coupled ladies and gentlemen, please return to pondering whether a couples’ costume is adorable or not.

Enjoy the other postcards in the series, then tell us your spookiest mirror story!

Hallow'een greeting.

Hallow'een greeting.

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I hear that ShopKo is already setting up the Christmas trees.

In this politically divided time, surely we can all agree that this should not be so.

Hold the line with me on this, America.  Focus on Halloween  until November 1st!  Or, if you love scooping up clearance costumes and bargain candy as much as I do, for a few days after that!

Now, I try to restrain myself until it’s actually October.  (Pro Tip: By this I mean, I do not buy candy corn until October 1st.  Which, if you’ve ever mixed that stuff with dry roasted peanuts or almonds, you know is a grand gesture of self-control.)  But I also have an adorable child who loves to dress up, so I will admit that I’ve been perusing the costume offerings with great interest.

I’ve looked on Amazon, and at Wal-Mart, and last night, I looked in my favorite photo browsing spot: the Commons on Flickr.  And maybe Christmas did come early, friends, because this is what I found:

Halloween Visitors to the Oval Office. Caroline Kennedy, President Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jr. White House, Oval Office, 10/31/1963

That’s right, team.  It’s President John F. Kennedy, in the Oval Office, with Caroline and John-John.  And a costume that will haunt my dreams.

You’re welcome, America.

What are you mixing with your candy corn this year?

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Rocket Girl

“This rocket costume is cute, if you have a boy,” said the other mother pawing (excuse me: perusing) the 70% off Halloween costumes at Target this weekend.

Well, I do not have a boy, but I do have a girl who picked that rocket costume over a variety of dresses, a Scooby Doo suit, and an airplane (pro tip: if you have the opportunity to choose between a plane and a rocket, you obviously want the rocket).

She held the rocket costume in her arms through the rest of our Target trip and the whole car ride home, where she immediately put it on and started jamming on her kitty keyboard.

I’m pretty sure this episode of Yo Gabba Gabba is responsible (apologies for the poor video quality, if you are so inclined to check it out).  Thanks, Nick Jr., for teaching my child that rockets are better than princesses.  At least for now . . .


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Trick or Treat

Waiting for her ride ("The wagon! The wagon!").

Zoe happily donned her bumblebee costume tonight, but only reluctantly left the house (there are toys there).  Once we made it to Grandma Vergie’s building, where a roomful of grandmas was waiting with buckets of candy and compliments for Zoe, however, she was all in.

We hit probably six houses between Grandma Vergie and Grandma Lexi, which was plenty for Zoe, who was delighted but stunned by the kids in masks (“I’m not wearing a mask!”), grown-ups dressed like witches, crazy lights, music, and decorations.  She made a pretty good haul.  I have already begun the selfless task of eating the candy that she does not like or is not old enough to enjoy.

I am such a good mother.

Greeting the trick-or-treaters at Grandma's house.

Happy Halloween!


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Just Another Manic Monday

This weekend found me hunting for clothes pins and gourds in a corn maze by flashlight, attempting to teach fourth graders about the Bible, screaming like a girl in the haunted house in the church basement, celebrating Zoe’s baptismal birthday some more, and wearing my Very Favorite Ordination / Reformation / Pentecost Shoes through two worship services and a potluck dinner.  No wonder I’m moving even more slowly than usual this Monday morning.  I mean: Monday afternoon (see what I’m saying?).

Zoe was also moving slowly this morning, in the sense that running around the house while your mother attempts to feed and dress you is “slow”.  But: she was beyond thrilled to don her beloved bumble bee costume.  So much so that she resisted other parts of the outfit, like pants.  (Pro tip: call them “bumblebee pants” and you are good to go.)

She perched adorably on her Big Wheel tricycle, but of course I couldn’t find the camera.  So, here are a few photos of her outside of day care, where I tried to make her pose after we picked up the camera from Grandma’s house (no wonder I couldn’t find that thing).

Waving bye bye to Daddy, who was waiting in the car. "He's not driving away!" she said, apparently disappointed that he was waiting for Mama.

More and better photos to follow, I hope.  If we are very lucky, she may even keep the antenna on for more than three seconds in a row.

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Dressing Down

My heart sank as Zoe and I got out of the car at the library today.  Getting out of the car in front of us were Snow White, a hippie, and a superhero.  Getting out of the car next to us were Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

“Were they supposed to wear their costumes today?” I asked Buzz and Woody’s mom.

“Well, they could if they wanted to,” she graciously answered.

Zoe noticed (“I’m not wearing my costume!”) but was not upset (“I’ve got my shirt on!” she proudly told the librarian).  I, on the other hand, was crushed.

Seriously, you guys.  I was thisclose to dashing back home and grabbing Zoe’s bumblebee costume.  It’s partly that I love Halloween and dressing up, but mostly it’s that I don’t want my kid to be left out.  And I certainly don’t want my kid to be left out because I missed the wear-your-costume-to-story-hour memo.  (Pro Tip: Never skip story hour right before Halloween.  Apparently.)

Thankfully, those five kids were actually the only ones wearing costumes.  Also thankfully, the other moms and grandmas had clearly not gotten the memo either, so we all felt like bad parents together.

Solidarity, my friends.  That’s what it’s all about.


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