Halloween's approaching and I'm getting excited. I'm going to try and take the little guy to a few houses this year. Yes, I guess I officially became one of those moms. The ones I used to roll my eyes at during my pre-baby years of shelling out, wondering why anyone would take a kid out when they're too young to understand. Well now I know why. One: They're so freakin' cute all dressed up. Two: I get the candy.
Last year the baby was just over a month so I didn't take him trick or treating (you gotta draw the line somewhere people), but I'll admit I did put him in a costume. It was a little bat costume that was basically a hat with bat ears, a cape, and little bat feet booties. He HATED it. He screamed until I took it off. I felt terrible. So hopefully this year won't be quite so traumatizing for him.
I've always really loved Halloween, and my childhood memories of trick or treating are some of my most vivid and fun memories of all. For me I think it's special because you really get a sense of community on Halloween. Unlike other holidays, everyone is out and about on the streets on Halloween night. There's something surreal about seeing every single kid in the neighborhood out in the street at the same time. You get to meet your neighbors, get to see into their houses. And that's a rare thing these days, when people just seem to keep to themselves. They hunker down behind closed doors and reach out to total strangers online (ahem....) but don't know who lives on their street.
True, for some kids Halloween is about greedily gathering as much candy as they (and their parents) can carry home. Ok for most kids. But I like to think that Halloween also still holds that magic eerie energy that I remember from my childhood. When the leafless trees take on an ominous presence and dark corners hold horrible possibilities. When you look up at the wispy clouds drifting over the moon and half-expect to see a witch fly by on her broom. When you diligently light your jack-o-lanterns just in case there is any truth to the legends. When you let yourself get a little spooked, because it's sooo much fun.