I know. I know. Halloween is over a month away. Try telling that to the party-supply store I took my kids to today. The store had about 5-8 HUGE demon costumes hanging from the ceiling. They had attached enormous pieces of fabric to make them look like they were zooming around the store. One was a giant red devil with giant wings and was a little frightening even to me. Lydia showed so much self-control and just closed her eyes when we went by. Which is awesome for her—she would usually start screaming and not stop till we left.
So, I paid for my wares (plates and napkins for Asa’s first birthday party on Saturday!) and pushed the stroller toward the exit door. Suddenly, I hear the cashier say, “You forgot your bags!” Oops! I turned around and grabbed the bags, leaving the stroller where it was. Well, right by the exit door–so you CANNOT get away from it– is a zombie-Michael Jackson that wakes up when you walk by and screams while his red lazer eyes glow. Sure enough, Michael Jackson-zombie awoke while I was getting my bags and Lydia AND Asa began to scream hysterically. The neon-blue-haired cashier did not remotely offer to turn off the thriller-zombie OR to open the door OR to help me with my bags. It was a literal nightmare.
I felt sick when I left. I had to apologize to both my kids for taking them in that store! It was a horrible feeling.
Now, here’s the thing. I’m not opposed to a good trick-or-treat around the neighborhood. In fact, I love me a good costume. And I get excited about candy corn and Reece’s peanut butter pumpkins. I love all the churches that do carnivals and parties in October. The past 3 Halloweens I’ve let Lydia dress up. Last year we went to my mom’s church & their festival, once we went to the Atlanta Zoo’s party and once we went trick-or-treating at my aunt’s house. Lydia had NO idea what was going on. She was just excited that we got to dress up and have candy.
Now she’s 3 1/2. And thanks to our Michael Jackson-zombie she now understands that Halloween=scary stuff. So if we do an innocent dress up this year, it’s going to take some explaining…how do I tell her, “Oh, yeah, well, we don’t like this gross scary stuff. But we are going to dress up in a nice costume and hope we don’t see any scary costumes. And get some candy. So, yeah, we hate Halloween. But we also really enjoy it.”
I had a friend that told me her parents never let her do Halloween. She and her brother were mad and thought their parents were being unfair. One day before Halloween her parents came home with bags of candy and dumped them out all over the kitchen table. They told their kids, “This is NOT about candy.” They wanted to show their kids that they weren’t keeping them from something good (candy), they were really keeping them from something evil (insane zombies, etc.).
SO. I think I’m rambling. But I’m just wondering about what you do. How does your family do Halloween? Or how do you ignore it? It’s YOUR turn…