Then came college Halloween. The parties were fun, but the candy was missing. The costumes got skimpier and more creative. I just couldn't keep up. I didn't care about winning any costume contests so I drank, people watched, and called it a night.
After college the trend of skimpy or creative costumes continued. I officially gave up. I think I wore the same pink wig three years in a row for lack of a better idea.
As a teacher, Halloween was a holiday that made me want to drink the second the calendar changed from September to October. I embraced the chaos, played into with the hype, and prepared myself for a long month. At the end of the day on October 31st, I would rip down all the Halloween decor in the classroom and pretend the kids weren't going to show up half asleep or high on sugar the next day.
Now, as a mom of a two-year old, Halloween is fun again. I know I will be knee deep in holiday craziness for years to come, but for now I am enjoying the Halloween festivities.
On Halloween morning Leila couldn't have been happier to put on her costume. She squealed with delight and was equally pumped that I threw on my tried-and- true pink wig.
Thanks Leila. Thanks for bringing the FUN back into Halloween!