Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Traditions

Traditions are very fun to start with kids.  Do you have a Halloween tradition? Some fun Halloween traditions might include visit to the pumpkin patch, the hayrides, and carving pumpkins.  Every year since our kids were young, we have joined up with a few neighbors for a Halloween dinner the evening of Trick-or-treating.  My wonderful friend and neighbor came up with the idea and graciously hosts the dinner each year in her garage (yes, garage!) We decorate the eclectic grouping of tables and the parts of garage. Each year neighbors bring fun Halloweenish treats and food to share and devilishly devour.  Usually the menu consists of the basics of chili and hot dogs and lots delicious and sometimes creepy sides (the ones you can no longer take to school because they aren't pre-packaged!)   It is timed for all the growing ghouls and parents to eat and then head out on their trek of "candy hunting" (as my daughter called it when she was young), otherwise more commonly known as "trick or treating."  Each year we line up the costumed guests before it gets too dark and take the annual Halloween Picture.  As the kids grow and as neighbors come and go, the picture changes and is always fun to look at. Then as the bewitching hour comes close the kids make their final costume adjustments and head out in masses.  In the early years, one parent manned the door and the other joined the group of parents heading out with the kids.  This will be our first year that we have two parents manning the door-the start of a new tradition!  Good luck with your traditions.  Start them and continue them.  Your kids will remember and look forward to them!! 
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