“Halloween is my most favorite holiday” proclaims Da, the man who becomes a little child at this time of the year every year. He wears his Halloween themed tshirt, looks around for masks to wear, and does all the preparatory work – from carving pumpkins to buying candies. On the night of Halloween, he so loves house hopping with the kids.
I am more of a silent observer and a passive participant in this festivity. I love taking the kids to town trick or treating and looking for creative costumes. Ladybugs and RedRiding hoods are my all time favorites. One of my school mates posted a picture of his child dressed as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom alphabet tree. Now that’s called out of the box thinking, wouldn’t you agree?
I also like the pockets of innocence that little kids bring to the occasion. When Ram was two years, he would go around giving out candies instead of taking them. A couple of kids last night abandoned their candy collection efforts briefly and started playing with the slide and the trucks in our yard unmindful of the fact that they are in a stranger’s yard.
Most of all, I enjoy being part of the post candy collection scene:
- the endless sorting. By color, by shapes, by likes, the criteria is endless.
- the constant comparing – what did you get? how much did you get?
- some trading – do you want to trade my Twix for your sour patches?
- and the negotiation – amma, if I eat caramel apple does it count as candies? can I save the gummy bears for school snack? how about chocolate covered pretzel? Deftly throwing one thing after the other in an attempt to overwhelm the mom because the deal was they can have one candy on the day of Halloween and one more the day after. So of course, loopholes must not go to a waste.
Hari is becoming quite the expert in pumpkin carving. This time he drew the design by hand and carved it without the pumpkin carving tools that we had misplaced. We also did something different this year. During the post Halloween season last year we got knicks knacks to mix up with candy distribution this year.
On the costume front this year, Hari was different variations of Hulk – Bulk (Hulk in a baseball attire) and Sulk (Hulk in soccer clothes). Ram stuck to his original plan of being Superman with light saber. He went around outlining his eyes with his fingers because they had laser power, and he was using them to fight the bad guys. Da grabbed the kids’ Thor accessories. And I was just ME – the family agreed that that was scary enough!