This year, Halloween is proving to be difficult for me. As a Christian and as a rather crunchy type, the holiday has pretty much no redeeming qualities. Pagan history. Lots of sugar. Plus, I just have a serious problem with parents sending their children out to ask for candy from strangers.
So I had no intentions of really ever celebrating the holiday with my own family, beyond putting up some seasonal decorations and maybe carving a pumpkin or two.
But Swing Des Moines has a Halloween dance and we encourage costumes. So then we all have costumes.
Can you see where this is headed?
Plus, Halloween is seriously Wally’s favorite holiday. Spiders, bats, pretend axes, mummies, ghosts, skeletons, skulls. He LOVES it all. The year he was two, I did pause to wonder if my kid was a total freak. Other kids his age were scared of the Halloween decorations asile. Not Wally. He didn’t want to leave it.
This year, he somehow has acquired an understanding of trick or treating.
And, despite the fact that I really never ever intended to participate in this insanely stupid activity, we’re considering it this year. At the very least, I think we’ll head to Night Eyes at the zoo or the Halloween activity at LHF. (Or at least, Daddy and Wally will if Mommy’s busy taking care of a newborn.) I’m not sold on the idea of trick or treating around the neighborhood, though.