I know, I know..I'm un-holiday not to love Halloween..
Around here, they decorate more for Halloween than any other holiday..
And I think it started when the kiddos were little and they got all dressed-up..
.. what fun it was, first deciding on what costume..then finding the money, or the time, or the resources to actually make the outfits...
Then to figure out the logistics of who goes with the kids and who stays home to answer the door..
What candy to buy so we don't seem like the cheap-o house..
..what neighborhoods might be better to take them to..who gives out full-sized candy bars and who gives out raisins...or old pennies..
..who has screeching, screaming music on the loud speakers at their house...
..who delights in scaring the be-jeebers out of the little kids at the door...
..all the time trying to convince the by-then hungry kiddos NOT to eat any of the candy before Mommy checked it over..and don't cry..that scary man was just trying to....uh..scare you..
Only to get home and try to sit down when your door-watcher has all of a sudden something important to do in the next room, or the next house, or the next country..and you're left to answer the door, make all baby-talk about the "cute little ghoulies and grim reapers"... and no, you can't have another and yes, you do need to say "thank you" and no, please don't throw the wrapper on the lawn..and please don't tease the dogs..
Then it's washing the faces, taking off the costumes (no, you cannot sleep in your Metalica make-up ) refereeing in the barter system of "this candy bar for that one" ..tossing out the suspicious home-made stuff from who knows..and fruit...
I'd prefer to just leave the bowl on the stoop, get a bigger bowl for me, turn off the lights and sit in the dark and main-line Candy Corn and Red Vines...
And what is it about all the ugly decorations? Creepy spiders...ugly half-dead zombies..gravestones?? yuck..
And don't forget the sugar hangovers the next day..not to mention if it's on a school night, having to get up after being awake late..and ingesting huge amounts of sweets??
Yeeeah..not my favorite holiday. I prefer "pretty" holidays..Easter, Christmas, Valentine's Day,
...National Pancake Day..
So, even though I do dress up and look ridiculous, humiliate myself by wearing balloons and a clear garbage bag and calling myself a bag of jelly beans..
..and even though I love pumpkins (before we manage to completely ugly-fy them by carving evil looking faces..)
I still don't like Halloween.