November 1st has always made me a little melancholy. Growing up Halloween was almost as exciting as Christmas. Something about the day after Halloween and seeing the pumpkins and knowing it, Halloween, was over just makes my heart a little sad. The anticipation of what I was going to get to pretend to be for one night. Of course, the candy, helped, too.
My Mom made me amazing Halloween costumes, and my Dad would take me and my cousin trick or treating in what felt like the biggest subdivision in the world. We walked for miles! One of my favorite Halloween memories was dressing up a She-Ra. I wish I had a picture of that Halloween. I remember feeling that I was invincible dressed up as a superhero.
Flash-forward to today. I’m feeling the same melancholy. It is November 1st, and Halloween is over. We didn’t carve a pumpkin, and I feel good about it. We had a great Halloween, which lasted more than one night, (Trunk or Treat and a very little bit of trick or treating) but the same feeling of Halloween coming to a close weighs on me.
Lessons learned from Halloween:
- We didn’t carve a pumpkin. We did plenty of other fun activities.
- We didn’t go to a pumpkin patch. We didn’t miss it.
- My girls didn’t pick out their costumes. In fact, this may be my best parenting advice for Halloween for new parents. Don’t set the expectation that the kids can pick out what they will be for Halloween. You may disagree with me. But we do it a little different – it’s a fun time when I unbox their outfit (that I have scoured the internet to find), and they have no idea that most children pick out what they will be for Halloween.
We didn’t carve a pumpkin, and I’m ok with it.