Just a few more nights to Halloween! A kid’s favorite holiday (except for Christmas…that trumps EVERYTHING). As a kid growing up in Dominican Republic, we didn’t celebrate Halloween like kids do here. It was a day of masks and festivals but not of trick o’ treating. We didn’t go around and collect candy from neighbors. It just wasn’t how it was done over in the island at that time.
When we moved to NYC, we got to experience how the Americans do it. Whoop! Whoop! Best.day.ever. Going around the neighborhood and asking for candy and GETTING candy upon request. Wow. I filled my bag with all the candy I could get and threw caution to the wind as I peeled and opened and ate just about everything I received. Happy day.
When I had kids I wanted to make it a fun day too. Ever since my first was a baby, we’ve done the traditional trick o’ treating. Except that unlike what I was able to do, I don’t let my kids eat all the candy they receive. I know, I know, party pooper parent, but I can’t help it. So instead we do the Pumpkin Fairy. Still a good time to be had by the kids but with a lot less sugar.
And so yes, here we are days before the BIG day. And this year I almost had everyone’s chosen costumes with plenty of time…until 3 out of 4 tweaked their ideas and changed things up. So this week we’ll be back to putting costumes together. But it’ll be a fun day and night on the 31st and we’re counting the sleeps until then.