In our neck of the woods, trick-or-treat was Thursday evening.
That information is a precursor into the really annoying talking pumpkin we own that sings a song that goes like this…
I’m out of my skull on Halloween.
I’ll find a way to make you scream.
I’ll be everywhere on Halloween.
I’ll find you and I’ll scare you.
Ahahaha (evil laugh).
On Halloween night.
On Halloween night.
Ahahahahahahaha (evil laugh).
I’ve written about it before, which begs the title On Halloween night 2. Not exactly like a horror movie, but more like a happy mommy remembrance, like the lyrics, all over again.
That pumpkin has claimed his place as the “it” toy that my kids and their friends are going to remember from Halloween. That creepy voice that they love and get scared of all at the same time. That voice that played nonstop tonight in the already noisy background of multiple families joined together in camaraderie.
Kids, costumes, chili, cornbread, homemade wine, candy, friendship and fun beckoned my door tonight. Buckets of candy chased nine kids into our home after an evening of trick-or-treating.
I found a half eaten lollypop under the couch and few Snickers bars in my daughter’s toy baby cradle as I cleaned up long after the guests had gone and my kids were in bed. On both accounts, I smiled.
My husband wore the same clown wig he’s been wearing for a few years, and I wore my, now traditional, cat mask. As a parent, it was one of those nights that I wonder who had more fun — us or the kids?
Now the day is over. The annoying talking pumpkin, the spider candelabra, and the decorations are all put away until next year. The kitchen is clean; the house is quiet.
When my kids wake up, the magic will be gone. Their candy has been secretly screened (by me!), yet their buckets are in the same position they left them. They will feel enough ownership to remember the magic, yet a controlled (I hope) desire to make it last.
Tomorrow we will lounge in our pajamas and watch movies and know that another spooky night has graced our doorstep.
Happy Halloween, even if a few days early for most!