Halloween has been completely different this year than other years, and Halloween doesn't even really come for another two days! When you aren't married, you might spend Halloween in a bar with friends, most women wearing sexy costumes and receiving free drinks. When you are married, you might attend a party or two and turn on all the house lights and camp out by the front door passing out candy and remarking on all the adorable costumes. But when you are a parent, Halloween becomes something completely different and it becomes all. about. the kid. And it's AWESOME. (photos from last year's Zoo Halloween, as I haven't taken any yet this year)
Last week was the Zombie Parade and Treasure Hunt in downtown Fort Wayne, and we met up with many friends, donned zombie makeup and lurched our ways through the streets. James had a ball dressing like Super Why (a PBS cartoon super hero) and wasn't even freaked out by all the walking dead around him. He was just happy to be chasing around his friends.
Yesterday, I took the day off and attended the costume parade at his school and helped with the little carnival. As a result of being surrounded by dozens of toddlers, I spent the evening crying and drinking. But seriously, I don't know how teachers do it with your patience and ability to zone out the deafening noise. You all rock.
Then tonight is trick-or-treat at my grandparents' retirement community, tomorrow is something I can't even remember at this point and Sunday is the New Haven carnival and trick-or-treat with friends. Halloween has turned into a two-week event for us, and it's just so fun. I've heard people say that holidays are for children, and I'm starting to realize that while that may be somewhat true, I'm having a ball too.
Are there certain things that you love to do this time of year? Are there particular foods that you make and love to eat? I'm a huge fan of roasted pumpkin seeds. You?