Halloween is in a few days. I like Halloween. I enjoy seeing the little kids dressed up cute, and I love the candy. Oldest One and I have a thing for candy corn, which Husband and Little One think is very wrong. I know you can buy candy corn all year, but it only feels right to eat it around this time.
I’ve done a lot of Halloweens with the girls. Oldest One wasn’t quite 2 months old for her 1st Halloween, and I dressed her up in a clown outfit my Mom bought to hand out candy. Sometimes all of us dressed up, and sometimes only the girls. It was always a big deal at the beginning of October to talk about costumes, and figure out what to get.
I love looking at the pictures of past Halloweens. Little One wore a great lady bug costume one year that Husband made huge wings for. They both spent a couple of years in the toddler blue and purple clown outfit, complete with a shiny blue tinsel wig and lipstick red nose. Little One went as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz one year, and she looked just like her, except her skirt was sparkly. Sparkle and glitter are very important for my girls. One year I ordered a pirate costume for Oldest One, which was too short when we got it, so she had to wear shorts underneath to not flash everyone. Last year, her senior year, I bought her the Sandy from Grease outfit of black leather pants and the black shirt. I curled her hair, and she looked amazing. Her friend dressed as Danny, and they were so cute together.
This year Little One was supposed to be cheering a football game on Halloween, but parents and athletes weren’t too happy with that (I was fine, candy is expensive!) so the game was moved to Thursday. Little One isn’t sure what she is going to do, but all I know is she has no costume, and time is running out, and teenage girls can get very upset if the costume isn’t right. Husband has to go buy candy, but that is the easy part. Oldest One needed 3 costumes, but traded with friends so we didn’t have to buy all 3. I’m hoping to see pictures, but since she was a cat at the sorority meeting last night, and I didn’t get sent anything, I’m probably not going to.
I think I understand why those whose kids have left home might not be as excited about Halloween. It reminds you of the fun you used to have dressing the kids up and taking them out, and that those days are over. That everyone is getting older, including you. That time marches on, no matter how much you try to slow things down and live in the minute. That those pictures taken through the years are worth more than any artwork.
Well, I think right now I’m going to go get my valuable artwork, and spend some time with it. And then eat some candy corn. And brace myself for the costume chat with Little One. Because I want to be fully in the moment this year, and remember it always, so feeling sad is tempered with feeling grateful all of us made it through sane.