Happy Halloween

I love Halloween.  I don’t know why because I’m scared to death of everything.  When the movie Scream came out I watched it during a party and still couldn’t sleep for weeks.  Apparently on the scary scale it isn’t that scary. 

I’ve cried at haunted houses even though I still want to go.  I probably cry because Steve likes to throw me out in front and encourage the freaky masked men to get me.  Now we live out in what I consider the country of the Eastern Shore.  Ok it’s not really out in the sticks but the haunted houses are!  They haven’t heard of being politically correct or boundaries so they still think it’s acceptable to grab you in order to scare you.

Not only that, some of the people working there are not in costume when you think they are.  (Queue the theme song from Deliverance).

Anyway we used to go out and get hammered and have a blast checking out all the costumes when we lived in Ocean City.  Once we moved out this way we started staying home and getting hammered on the front porch with a few friends and hand out candy.  Ya know after all we were living in a civilized community so we wanted to seem neighborly by handing out candy.

Then we had kids and the world changed.  I started plotting out all the fun and amazing fall activities to do.  I used to purchase tons of pumpkins and decorate like a madwoman.  But this year was different.  I came home one day and found the pumpkins lined up like this:

I loved it.   So simple.  The girls set them all out in a line and I couldn’t’ have felt more proud.  A holiday just isn’t a holiday until you have kids.  They bring so much magic it’s amazing.  The photos below are from their first, second and third Halloween.

Last year we had about 30-40 friends over.  The ladies took the kids out while the men stayed back to drink the beer and navigate the masses.  Minimal decorations at best.

 

The Second year we hit a bar to go trick or treating before hitting the neighborhood and then sitting on the porch enjoying the children by the bus loads rolling in.

 

Daddy and Jack handing out candy while I took the girls to hit 4 specific houses

And the first year I went over board with about 40 pumpkins and the works.  They dont’ remember a thing but I have great photos and memories.

right side…left looks the same

 As of last week we did have to remove the pumpkins because of Sandy but we are still having a house full even though I won’t be home; Steve will have to navigate alone:)  Happy halloween and I hope everyone has fun, is safe and gets tons of candy!

 

6 thoughts on “Happy Halloween

  1. I hear you on the Haunted House thing and I’m the one in the group that they like to scare, ALWAYS…. a few years ago we went to one waaaaay out in the sticks and it was awesome! BUT….when we got out of the woods there was a huge clearing and you walk all the way back to the start through a field. Well, they had a guy dressed up as the headless horseman on a huge black stallion. He was sitting on a hill so you could only see his outline because of the lights behind him. Well I FREAKED! I started walking faster and everyone was laughing and I saw him start to trot towards us slowly. I was semi-running but then I stopped because I had nowhere to go and didn’t think he would come near us. I covered my face in my hands and just stood there waiting……then everyone got a little TOO quiet and then….. I felt the horse breath on my neck and I lost it!! It was the scariest moment of my life. NO more for this guy.

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