In a blink of an eye, the school year is in full swing and Halloween is right around the corner. While the summer flowers are still trying to hold on, fall colours and foliage are making their way into our daily strolls.
Halloween, for us, is a time to celebrate creativity instead of its more dark and dreary elements. In my ideal world, Halloween would resemble the Chocolate Room in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (the original with Gene Wilder, thank you).
Can you even begin to imagine how cool that would be?!?!
Most years, I spend September and October with my nose feverishly stuck to fabric to craft my big kid’s Halloween costume.This year, however, is a little different. This year, our family won’t be going out for Halloween. It’s done and that ship has sailed. I am rejuvenating one of my kid’s earlier costumes for a Halloween parade but that’s about it. I do have to say though, the rejuvenated costume looks soooo good. Since I didn’t have to start from scratch, I was able to clean up my earlier finishing stitches were so awful because my fingers usually ached by the end of the project. So, it’s all good.
Do I miss those earlier days?
Yes and no.
I enjoy the idea of making the costume, of hanging with my big kid to discuss the plans, the laughs and jokes, and the actual ‘trick or treating’ is fun too. Those memories will remain and now we’ll be building different memories on Halloween that will still include laughter and fun. There will still be candy but it’ll be much quainter and cozier and that’s not necessarily a bad thing at all.
For those of you who are planning to go out, here are some Halloween safety tips from the Government of Canada and the FDA:
Halloween safety, Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-safety/halloween-safety.html
Halloween Safety, FDA: Costumes, Candy, and Colored Contact Lenses https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm230283.htm
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