No Tricks, Just Treats

I love holidays! I think I’ve said that before, but let me reiterate. I love holidays! All holidays! Special food, special dress, special gatherings, special activities, gifts, honors, speeches, everything, all of it, the whole . . . . . well, you get it. Any reason to party, that’s me.

We are now heading into the biggest holiday season of the year. For me, that means YIPPEE SKIPPEE for the next 3 months. If a person could possibly die from too much fun, I might be in the ground by January! But seriously, I do enjoy a good celebration.

Some people, I know, have a problem with Halloween. They may have even participated as a child in grand Halloween rituals but as an adult, they have begun to question the “morality” of Halloween. I’m not here to question anyone’s beliefs or principles, but I do know that pretty much anything can be used for good or evil. Halloween included. I’d love to share with you all the goodness I believe can come from celebrating this holiday of Halloween.

First of all, it involves dressing up and pretending to be someone else. Who doesn’t want to be a princes or a superhero? I would like to be both, thank you very much! They say “The clothes make the man.” Well, costumes spark the imagination.

And the time and energy you spend together with your child planning and hopefully making the costume is precious . Too precious for words. Maybe even spend some time role playing the pretend character – now wouldn’t that be treasured time?

Then there’s all the candy and chocolate. Well, if you can’t enjoy a BUCKET of candy AND chocolate, well . . . I just don’t know what I can say. I mean, candy AND chocolate . . . . . . a BUCKET!

Now, some may think Trick-or-Treating smacks of greed, but I don’t think it has to be that way. Having                                                         adorable children (and maybe some adults) come to my front door dressed “to the nines” is such a treat for me, that I am more than willing to reward them with one of my treats, like candy or chocolate . . . . or both.

What sweeter picture can you conjure in your mind than getting dressed up as your favorite princess superhero, walking through the neighborhood with little equally dolled up princess superheroes, meeting all your fancily dressed neighbors on their porches and being given candy AND chocolate because you look so cute!!

Now that I’ve gotten all that said, I must be off to the sewing room to work on my princess superhero costume, then to the kitchen to whip up a few batches of candy and chocolate treats. Of course, I must decorate the house and the front porch for all my visitors, because I want to share my excitement. I can’t have all this fun by myself!

So my advice is to make this Halloween a holiday of imagination, playfulness, a pinch of indulgence, a lot of sharing and all the fun you can handle! Oh, and don’t forget candy and chocolate . . . . . . . . and a BUCKET!

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