1. I kind of hate carving pumpkins--out of all the holiday traditions, this is by far my least favorite, but year after year this task falls to me as my husband is always busy at work. For one thing, I'm pretty sure I have some sensory issues, so scooping out pumpkin innards is not my idea of fun. For another, I find it hard to spend money on a pumpkin just to cut holes in it and then throw it away a week later when it starts to decay on my front porch. Also, because of the aforementioned money spending issue, we usually only get one or two pumpkins. I have four children. You do the math. There are always disagreements as to what the finished Jack-o-lantern(s) should be. My kids don't usually go for the simple, traditional triangle eyes, and nose--they want things like "the Eye of Sauron" or a dragon that shoots real flames from a flame thrower that is rigged up to it (not making this up--it was actually discussed a couple of weeks ago).
|I am kind of proud of our chunky Cyberman pumpkin from a couple of years ago, though.|
I see all these darling, family coordinated costumes from my friends on Facebook and Instagram and I think, "there is no way I can think of something that creative/pull something like that off without a ton of time and money". I just can't compete. We suffer from what I'll call the "Cowboy-Hobbit-Pirate Cycle." I've tried to come up with some great things in the past with limited success. To be fair, I have had some great ideas, but getting everyone in a family of 6 on board with coordinated costumes is not the easiest thing to do. There are a few costumes we always return to though--army guy, greaser, cowboy, hobbit, pirate.
4. Giving candy away--Who wants to spend a ton of money on candy just to give it all away? If I'm going to spend money on candy I want to consume it myself. Just being honest here.
Lest you think I am a total party pooper, there are a couple of things I DO like about Halloween.
1. Seeing how excited my kids get.
2. Halloween food--I can get behind a themed dinner. I have a friend who did a Great Pumpkin dinner--Charlie Brownies for dessert? Brilliant.
|Graveyard cake from a few years ago.|
|Candy Corn themed dinner from a few years ago.|
4. Seeing how clever and cute other people's costumes are. I can totally appreciate a clever costume. I just don't want to go to the work myself.
5. I know I'm kind of contradicting myself, but even though I don't love spending the money on candy to give away, I love handing out candy to all the kids who come to our door. I also like taking my kids trick-or-treating because some people are so nice I feel a little bit of faith in humanity restored and I feel more connected to my community.
6. Spooky music. I use Halloween as an excuse to listen to Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor by Bach every year.
7. Cemeteries. I know they aren't really a Halloween thing, but people seem to think they are. I just love visiting cemeteries. I find them both peaceful and fascinating--so much history in these places.
|From a cemetery in North Molton, Devon, UK.|
So, I guess technically there are actually more things that I like about Halloween than things that I don't like. I'm thinking this will be a holiday that I appreciate a lot more when I am a grandparent and someone else is doing all the work and I just get to enjoy seeing the cute kids in costumes.