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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

We don't really celebrate Halloween much. Of course Zachariah is aware of it, mostly because he sees and hears about it everywhere he goes. He's seen his DVDs about it and likes to talk about it too. We just don't go all out for this holiday.

But we don't really have Halloween parties that we go to (or even know about). I have a few pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns that I put up for decorations. Our neighbor gave Zachariah a door hanging with a ghost, pumpkin, black cat, etc on it. I put it on the front door (most I've ever put up for Halloween), and Zachariah loves it. A few weeks ago while he was visiting my parents, they carved a pumpkin. So that sits on the front porch too.

Trick-or-treating here was on Thursday evening. We have always taken Zachariah to the mall. They do "mall-or-treat", and the stores that participate stand at the entrances and hand out candy. It's great for many reasons. 1. He's young, and it's easy just to stroll around the mall and collect treats. 2. The years it's cold on Halloween, we're warm inside. 3. No worries about finding a safe neighborhood to trick-or-treat in.

We have lived in this house for over 8 years. We have never had a trick-or-treater. Every year I leave the light on and always have something around if someone would stop. It's never happened (Zachariah was disappointed when he found this out Thursday.) We live on a semi-busy road right on the edge of town. There are no sidewalks and not many young children live around here (except for right next door). We did notice that there were plenty of trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood behind us. They have sidewalks and quiet roads, so maybe we'll do that next year when he's a bit older.

We had a lot of fun Thursday night. And maybe we'll think of something Halloween-y today to do with Zachariah. It is fun to make new traditions. (And I have some cute Halloween cookie cutters that we haven't used yet.)

So I hope that you and your family have a fun Halloween!


d e v a n said...

Looks like he had fun! Happy Halloween!

Jana said...

Look at all that candy! I'm glad he had a good time!