Halloween . . .
It means kids losing their minds thinking about all the chocolate and sugar they are going to consume on October 31st!
It means parents losing their minds thinking about all the chocolate and sugar their kids are going to consume on October 31st!
It means plunging into a pumpkin up to my elbows to remove the "guts".
It means gathering with friends and family around a roaring fire, telling stories and sharing bowls of chili and cornbread while eerie sounds come from the bushes and ghosts hang above.
It means letting my kids stay up extra late to watch "Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown".
It means baking punpkin cake and bringing it (along with a giant tub of Cool Whip) to the annual family Halloween party.
It means taking the kids to trick-or-treat at Grammie Dori's house (where I had the lights scared out of myself all throughout childhood and now I'm passing this tradition along to my kids).
It means tucking in little faces at the end of it all, some smeared with left-over face paint, some smeared with gooey candy, some sticky with the remains of who-knows-what. Happy Halloween Baby. Knowing that when I strip their beds the next day while they are at school, I will be reminded of the magic of Halloween with each sweet smelling pillowcase that I wash.
What does it mean to you?