Being the Halloween week she asked us to look for the 'Saints, Souls, Sugar Skulls and Scares'.
Halloween is one of the few holidays I don't care much for. It's not in our culture, but that's not it - we don't have Thanksgiving either and we embraced Thanksgiving the moment we arrived in Canada (we had Turkey and pumpkin pie the very first year!). For me - it symbolizes the dark side and I don't like it. In my perfect ideal world (the one we all create in our heads) I wouldn't have to do anything for it - and we didn't (other than giving treats to kids and carving pumpkins) until William was about 2 years old... He started school that year and I didn't know they are supposed to be in costumes on Halloween day, so I sent him in his uniform, then I went to work. About 1 hour (by train) away (plus bus rides in the city)... only to receive a call at noon from my own child, when he arrived home with a sweet request:
~ Mommy, I want to go trick-or-treating tonight!
Err... sure... Dressed as?! It's Halloween day and I'm in downtown Toronto - I checked all the stores and none had any costumes left... Now what?!
Growing up in a society where pretty much everything was missing I gained a very useful skill, one my mom calls it "to make a whip out of sh*t, and to have it crack too!" (pardon my English, that's the expression!). On my way home I stopped at the drug mart and bought a yellow vinyl rain coat. At home - I put the coat on the child, add the red rain boots, a red and yellow sand pail, and the red firefighter helmet we got just a couple of weeks before at the Firefighter Open House. Ta-daa: I had a very cute firefighter on my hands and we had the best time trick-or-treating.
That being said, I bought his costume every year after :) But the tradition was created - the child is looking forward to that special night of the year when he can get tons of candy and have fun with his friends. And I still don't like it, I don't decorate the house for it, but we carve the pumpkins and let daddy to give out candy!
Long story, eh?! This just to show you our pumpkins, in fact (and explain why there are no Saints, Souls, Skulls, or Scares here, sorry!):
- The child's creation - wait! I have a skull!
- mom's Tinker Bell - the child was adamant he won't have this one out! We solved the issue quickly: you got 2 pumpkins, now mind your own business :) Apparently he's going to be embarrassed by people thinking a little girl lives here.
- Of course, William's: a scary spider (scary again :) )
- You guessed it, mine :)
- All 4 waiting for the night to arrive :)
That's my take on Halloween this year - I hope you had a nice one (just keep off that chocolate now!)
Please make sure you visit everyone below - it promises to be a neat Halloween parade!