the memories I have of this day, this evening with my small kids… oh, so bittersweet!!! I am lucky enough to being living right now in a place where the ghouls, goblins, power rangers, butterflies and princesses are flocking to my door. It is truly wonderful to see… I remember MY trick-or-treating days… when Mom and Dad MADE us eat dinner, us so excited and anxious to GET OUT THERE, but them making us wait until our neighbors were prepared. (You never went too early back then, the neighbors, too were having dinner!!) and then repeating that ritual with my kids… my pumpkin, my butterfly, my care bear, my unicorn… such great memories. I know that now, my grandkids are following that same ritual.. handed down thru the generations.. and loving every minute of it… Then the “pouring out of the candy”, checking to make sure it was safe… and just enjoying watching the anticipation of my adorable children, patiently waiting for mom and dads okay. (the days after, trying to “ration” the goodies… worked when they were little, lost some control later in the years), and then, finding… years later, my own children rationing themselves.. to make it last… and sometimes finding gooey, un-edible candy in bags, because they WERE waiting and not eating it all at once… THAT was a sweet find… without my knowing, they had learned and so my job on Halloween was done… hehe
I miss not being with my grandkids for this day… I miss that part. But knowing that the ninja turtles, ghosts, brides and angels are here at my door is a sweet rememberance of those times.
and I told the “big” kids, if my light is on later, it means, come on by again… you can clean out the bowl.
(remember being a bit older and going late, and the folks at the door were “done” for the night, and you would get the rest????)
Oh yah… seeing the little ones dressed up, and then the passing of the torch to the older kids…. these kids are not dumb… they know strategy…