Even if you don't like or have kids of the trick or treat age you may still have some halloween traditions that don't include hiding or running for the hills. You may take your family and visit one of the many fall farms in our area. The spooky hay wagon rides seem to teeter on too scary for the young ones and a lot of annoying eye rolling for the older ones (a lot!). What exactly is the sweet spot for those rides? I'm guessing at between 7-9. By the way-the fun of carving a pumpkin has no age limit. So pick out a good one when you get off the hay ride through the muddy mysterious sugarbush.
For a parent -ahem, father-the halloween tradition might include confiscating the best candy as a tariff when your trick or treater gets home. The negotiating between child and adult is inspirational if it is any indication of your child's future as a CEO.
Oh, speaking of traditions... As the grocery shopper in your house you may think you are ahead of the game when you stock up early, but you know you are going to end up having to go back to the store several times before those mega bags of candy and chocolate have a chance of making it to sundown on October 31. It is a little sad that the days of 'baking and making' are almost gone so unless you have a tight knit group Neilson and Cadbury are the big winners here. (However, as I recall when we were kids, most of the homemade stuff generally made it to the off cast pile that you would generously 'gift' to the family anyway.)
Though I miss the excitement of the night I'm not sorry to say that the days of negotiating the costume wearing are over. Some years went better than others. Plan the costume, talk about the costume, get or make the costume and then... refuse to wear the costume. Be cool. Just breathe. "Who cares". The first year out our son actually wore a costume but wouldn't knock on doors. He just ran up and down the sidewalk having a great time! (Much to the disappointment of my husband.) After that we convinced him to trick or treat occasionally but there were a few years where he was content to hand out candy at the door. Again, to the great disappointment of his father.
Now that the trick or treating era is over for him, the allure of the costumed kids and spooky decor has waned he still has one tradition that he (and we) looks forward to every year. It's about as spooky as pumpkin pie with a candy bat. Our spine tingling tradition includes forbidden love, espionage, discovery and...song. Yup, thats right. Every year we sit down with a bowl of popcorn and watch Nightmare before Christmas. Never before have the genre of claymation, horror, opera and Christmas combined so well. Jack Skellington is where it is at folks! His existential crisis is always on the menu for October 31. Thats what I call (eye & ear) candy! Oh Jack!
From cute to complex, halloween decorating is a much loved tradition. The pumpkin carving has gotten so sophisticated!
For some, halloween is a license to turn your home into a hallowed hall of hell! The killer instinct comes out in you and all the gory slimy screaming goo you can think of gets introduced to your porch and front hall. The creativity and time spent on eggs and jello creations is truly a marvel. For those of us with a firm thumb on restraint we can't help but secretly admire it! A good drive around town will turn up some truly impressive yards. It is worth hunting around and if you go slow enough you might just add to the creep factor of the evening.... Oh. Wait.... Well, do it but carefully! Don't make eye contact.
So tomorrow night, whatever your traditions -gory or not gory - I hope you have a safe and fun, treat laden spooktacular night!