Hallowe'en is here. And we're ready. This may not seem newsworthy but it is. There have been years where we've found ourselves panicking to get costumes ready at the last minute; running to the store hours before trick-or-treating to buy whatever might be left of the Hallowe'en candy; tossing around some last minute decorations… all in a stressful hurry-up-and-get-ready blur. This time the costumes were ready by last weekend and that by itself is cause for celebration.
Granted, we’re getting off easy this year. We didn't have pumpkins to carve due to an incredibly hot & dry summer that resulted in disappointing apple and pumpkin crops. There was no apple-picking this fall, and pumpkins have been impossible to find. Outdoor decorations were also struck off the Hallowe'en to-do list thanks to Hurricane Sandy. They would have just ended up halfway across the neighbourhood.
One of my favourite Hallowe'en photos, from way back when they were all still young enough to go trick or treating:
And I have a confession to make. Those boxes of Hallowe'en chocolates, the ones sitting in the pantry appearing to be whole and intact…. well, they're not. I opened them. And ate some, a lot actually. And hid the wrappers. And glued the boxes back together.
And finally, a peek at my Hallowe'en Pinterest board. Pinterest is the ultimate time waster... I love it!