Another awesome Halloween in the books and I'm already counting down the days to next year. This year my daughters went as a kitty and Clifford the Red Big Dog. Before you correct me, my youngest corrected me -- it's the Red Big Dog not Big Red Dog. Who knew?
Each year we make our rounds to a few family members in Greencastle and then head south to do the same in Cloverdale. In Cloverdale we ventured to a few other houses in the neighborhood. This will definitely be a Halloween I won't soon forget for many reasons.
First off, each and every holiday is mega-special because of being able to hang with family. (Insert "Aww" here). It's always nice to spend time and catch up. It's always time that's too short, but it's time nonetheless.
This also was the first Halloween that both my daughters were able to enjoy the holiday. My youngest (two-and-a-half) was able to pick her costume and not have to squeeze into whatever cutesy costume her mother and I thought she might like. Likewise, my oldest (five years old) had her mind set on being a kitty after seeing a costume party on an episode of Scooby-Doo.
They made out like bandits. Even though we only hit a handful of houses, the girls got more candy than they know what to do with. They were sneaking treats as we walked the neighborhood and the ensuing sugar high had them up a little later than usual. We also enjoyed a little "Monsters Inc" to close the night.
While we were out we saw some killer outfits -- a few princesses, a Peter Pan, a pea pod and enough zombies to make George Romero proud. For the first time in a long time, it seemed that everyone was in a festive mood. Everyone seemed to be wearing smiles, I caught laughter and both Greencastle and Cloverdale were hopping. The streets were filled and it was a nice sight to see.
There was one thing that did bug me, though. I have no problem with wanting to keep your kids safe and warm, but the trend of following your child in your vehicle as they trick-or-treat needs to go. I sat in a line of cars while people cased their kids as they went from house-to-house scoring bags full of treats.
Please, either walk with your children or move to a street ahead of them and keep an eye on them. This would accomplish two things -- first, you'll still be able to ensure your kids are safe and sound, and second, my kids won't be clawing the back of my seat away in anticipation of reaching their trick-or-treat destination.
My night was made whole by something I've never experienced before. As I stood talking in Cloverdale, a car cruised by with music blaring. I thought 'Hey, someone's in a festive mood. Awesome.' As the car came closer I realized it wasn't exactly what I had expected. Instead of loud Halloween-themed tunes rolling out the windows, I caught the distinctive sounds of "Amazing Grace" trickling out into the brisk October air. And from the looks we were getting, I'm thinking the choice of song wasn't a coincidence.
All in all, I'd say Halloween 2010 was a great success in the Gardner household. We have enough candy to keep a small country buzzing for weeks and the smiles my girls were parading around with all night will be something I'll always cherish. Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween.