Halloween Memories that make me smile year after year.

26 Oct

Halloween is one of my family’s favorite holidays.  The weather starts to get cooler, which is always a welcome respite.  It starts our year end feeding frenzy; candy, turkey and Christmas cookies. We always get together with the extended family to eat dinner then head out to troll the neighborhood in search of sugar laden candies.  Each year we have the same conversation. Each year reliving old Halloween memories makes me smile.

Halloween memories on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

Will the kids want to trick-or-treat next year? Will they still enjoy dressing up?

And each year the answer is (thankfully) YES!

The tradition has changed over the years.  What started with Beloved dressed as a pea pod became an irresistibly cute Lion, then a pretty Princess and now a “tastefully” costumed Wonder Woman.  She did manage to make it cute instead of inappropriate; she nixed the thigh highs and heels for Vans.  From church functions to park celebrations to scouring the neighborhoods with family to terrorizing the neighborhoods with friends, we have all adjusted our expectation of the holiday.

For Beloved’s second Halloween [she was just months old for the first], we dressed her up as this cute little Lion complete with a soft fuzzy pajama suit and headpiece.  Her little face and chubby feet were the only body parts that stuck out of the costume and she truly enjoyed wearing it.  If memory serves me right, she wore it for a few days. 

She was too young to understand the whole concept but got into the whole idea of the locals knocking on the door and holding out their pillowcases.  We’d hold her up and she’d drop candy onto the floor, onto the dog patiently waiting beneath her and occasionally into the trick-or-treaters outstretched bags. She didn’t seem bothered by the creepy faces that often arrived on our doorstep.  She was thrilled that Barney and Baby Bop stopped by several times that night!

Halloween memories on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

This year we will be getting together with the grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles to eat a delicious taco feast and then work the neighbors.  We’ll laugh, catch up and meet the new flock of youngsters that are just beginning their trick-or-treat journey.  A new tradition that has also surfaced in our family is attending the local haunted woods that the state parks put on or heading over to the haunted amusement parks for terrifying fun for those brave enough to venture in.

Halloween memories on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

I, for one, will not be going…that’s Just Plane Dad’s job and part of my list of requirements in a husband 24 years ago; lest I had children that liked being scared.  Of course I did. The billboards advertising these events are scary enough, I can’t imagine paying to be chased throughout a dark maze by a bloody zombie vampire.  No thank you.  My daughter and hubby love it, so have fun!  I’ll be at home with my coffee and a copy of The Mother of all Meltdowns.

Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

52 Responses to “Halloween Memories that make me smile year after year.”

  1. Nikki Rae October 3, 2015 at 12:19 PM #

    Halloween is on of my favorite holidays. It’s a chance to be creative and enjoy some yummy pumpkin recipes.

  2. Marie September 30, 2015 at 10:39 PM #

    I’m afraid our family never did Halloween much. Dressing up and all is fun, but we usually just make a family day/evening.

  3. Crystal September 30, 2015 at 8:19 PM #

    My husband and I just moved into a new neighborhood this summer that is full of children. I’ve never had more than a handful of trick or treaters where I’ve lived before so I’m looking forward to seeing all the little kids knocking at our door this year!

  4. Rebecca September 30, 2015 at 5:33 PM #

    I am not into scary either! I think my brother tortured me enough as a child with scary stories or hiding under my bed at night to scare me into wetting myself. I have two that like the scary and one like me who would rather stay where the lights are shining nice and bright. I put my hubby on scary duty too.

  5. chitownchica September 30, 2015 at 5:33 PM #

    It’s been forever since we’ve had anyone young enough to do all the fun Halloween stuff with. We are going to have to step up our game this year though because last year we moved in a couple weeks before the big day and were totally unprepared for the crowds. Hundreds of kids, and we had no decorations up.

  6. ChristyK September 30, 2015 at 2:18 PM #

    Cute! Although we don’t celebrate Halloween, I love the start of the year-end frenzy like you said, when the air is cooler and the leaves change color. It’s such an exciting time of year and I love getting more involved, especially now that we are somewhat ‘settled’ and our two year old is such an eager learner. 😉

  7. MMGMOM3 September 30, 2015 at 12:42 PM #

    Halloween just isn’t the same now that my girls are teenagers. We used to enjoy it so much when they were younger. Now we tend to look for fun family fall things to do.

  8. Catrina September 29, 2015 at 10:43 PM #

    I’m right there with you on the scary stuff. I tried to get into it when I was younger, but now, no thank you. I’d take your alternative too!

  9. Tina September 29, 2015 at 4:30 PM #

    Nope no haunted woods or corn fields in our case for me! No way! I agree with you stay home and enjoy a cup of coffee and some peace and quiet while they’re all gone.

  10. Erin September 29, 2015 at 2:03 PM #

    Halloween has grown in popularity while we’ve lived in the UK. We get a fair few trick or treaters now. I think dressing up and answering the door is still not only my favourite part, but my son’s as well.

  11. Missy September 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM #

    I can’t say I’ve personally done Halloween too much (I have no kids) – but did it last year with the nephew and he of course loves it. The costumes, spooky house decorations and candy – what’s not too like as a 10 year old. He dressed as Ironman last year and this year – not sure yet. But am sure, he will have fun.

    Glad your family enjoys Halloween as well. On the haunted houses, some of them are kind of spooky, some are not. It depends where you go. Here where I live they have both – the very spooky type and the not so spooky type.

  12. Lerie September 29, 2015 at 10:15 AM #

    Where I come from halloween is not celebrated like it is in the US. However, I grew up in an international community and I was able to experience trick or treating as a kid and I aboslutely loved it. It’s always something I remember.

  13. Heather September 29, 2015 at 8:23 AM #

    My favorite things about halloween is the day after! I love stocking up on candy and costumes which I turn into a dress up box for Christmas!

  14. Brittney Minor September 29, 2015 at 1:35 AM #

    My family has some Halloween traditions. My kids are 6 & 7, so we mostly go to church festivals and trick or treating on main street. I am looking forward to October!

  15. Miranda September 28, 2015 at 2:24 PM #

    We aren’t too into Halloween, but we love fall harvest activities and my kids adore dressing up…it just turned into a more year-round thing at our house.

  16. Talent Hounds September 28, 2015 at 12:41 PM #

    We love Halloween at our house. Such happy memories with my kids. Now our rescue pug Kilo is getting in on the action! I’ve bought him three costumes to try. Have fun this year! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. Ronni September 28, 2015 at 12:25 AM #

    Happy Halloween to you too! I haven’t even really though much about the holiday this year yet. My daughter did recently tell me that she wanted to be Cinderella (from the live action movie, not the cartoon 🙂 ) and I’d like to make her dress…but I probably should figure out where I’m getting the time from first!

  18. Linda September 28, 2015 at 12:11 AM #

    How cute! And I agree completely, I never went to the haunted houses – they just don’t sound like any fun to me at all! We are near the country here in Colorado, and they have corn maze haunted experiences…worse than being chased around a house, I believe. But I will never know for sure, because I won’t do it. Not either of them. My kids are grown now and they sometimes ask if I want to come with them…not sure what they’re thinking! Happy Halloween to you and your crew!

  19. Monica September 27, 2015 at 2:20 PM #

    Halloween is a favorite at my house! We love all the spooky fun and the cool fall weather. I loved hearing about your family traditions, thank you for sharing that with us. Those traditions are what our children remember and spending that time together is important. Have a great halloween!

  20. bex stark September 27, 2015 at 2:19 PM #

    Halloween is my favorite holiday also! my little niece dressed up as a lion two years ago as well and it was so adorable!

  21. Crystal Green September 27, 2015 at 10:53 AM #

    Halloween is one my kids favorite holidays. I personally just love the Fall season. However, I do strive to take them to as many Fall events as I can around here. I do enjoy seeing my kids dressed up as various things.

  22. Rachel September 27, 2015 at 3:15 AM #

    Halloween seems to gather the family and everyone plays dress ups. How delightful indeed. I am in Australia and have never had anyone knock on the door and would not know how what to do if they did. Hopefully not phone the police saying I have a skeleton and zombie at my door – please advise. Happy Halloween-ing.

    Rachel.

  23. Shannon September 26, 2015 at 10:11 PM #

    OH I love Halloween! IT’s really my favorite holiday. I have great memories as a kid from Halloween and I think it’s just so much fun!

  24. TJ September 26, 2015 at 5:25 PM #

    This was a great reminder of how exciting and fun Halloween can truly be. My son isn’t into much at his age but I realize we never made it a family thing or much fun. This has inspired me to gather the family and maybe make a new family tradition!

  25. Jennifer Corter September 26, 2015 at 4:52 PM #

    Oh goodness, I can’t do haunted houses either! They freak me out!

  26. Lisa September 26, 2015 at 9:44 AM #

    What a fun look at your traditions. I hope you build more memories with your family this year. I agree that kids grow so quickly, and we should enjoy the moments.

  27. dana September 25, 2015 at 7:17 PM #

    I liked Halloween when my children were younger. All the good memories but now they are grown and Halloween for me now consists of watching something on TV. lol

  28. Julie September 25, 2015 at 5:32 PM #

    Halloween allows for so many memories as the littles grow, and it sounds like you had some great ones! This will be my kidlet’s first Halloween so I’m pretty excited to get him started on the fun 🙂

  29. expparenthood September 25, 2015 at 5:22 PM #

    Our tradition since having kids has been to go to my in law’s for chili, sitting in the driveaway chatting with neighbors, passing out candy and letting our kids trick or treat their neighborhood. Now that my in laws are moving out of state, we need a new tradition!

  30. Leila September 25, 2015 at 5:10 PM #

    Since having kids, our tradition has been to go to my in-laws house for chili, sit in the driveaway, pass out candy, and let my kids trick or treat their neighborhood. My in-laws are moving now so now we need a new tradition!

  31. Suzanna September 25, 2015 at 11:37 AM #

    My guys are too little to go trick or treating, my I’m still planning on dressing them up this year and taking them to see grandma, grandpa, and great-grandma. Some of these holiday memories are more for the parents/adults than the children 🙂

  32. Erin September 25, 2015 at 2:33 AM #

    It’s always fun to see how things change and, yet, stay the same, over the years. You tell the story well. Enjoy Halloween this year, whatever it brings. 🙂

  33. Haley September 24, 2015 at 8:17 PM #

    It is amazing to see kids grow one year from the next. I was just looking through some pictures over the last couple of years and can not believe how much mine have changed. My oldest is really starting to become grown up and I see how instead of little kid stuff he is now interested in Star Wars or other more grown up characters.

  34. Shelah September 24, 2015 at 5:49 PM #

    It sounds like your family has made so many lovely memories over the years. You are right about Halloween being a time when children show us how much they have changed since the year before by what costumes they choose.

  35. Stacy September 24, 2015 at 4:46 PM #

    We don’t do the traditional Halloween festivities, but we do let the kids dress up and go to the Fall Festival at our church. My oldest is 17 now and still loves dressing up. I think the kids like Halloween clearance more. I usually stock up on dress-up clothes for them.:)

  36. Pam September 24, 2015 at 2:17 PM #

    I love Halloween too – my birthday is near, so as a kid I always got to have costume parties – so fun! Now that I have kids, we get a huge kick out of all the Halloween themed activities in our area. Our Children’s Museum does a fantastic haunted house with friendly and scary hours – perfect for us to divide and conquer!

  37. Laura September 24, 2015 at 10:32 AM #

    I love Halloween as well! It is the one time of year that you can act like a kid and scare people for fun. The kids and I love it and always start planning well in advance. As for haunted houses I’m usually on my own!

  38. Betsy September 23, 2015 at 4:06 PM #

    No, thank you! I do not like being scared, or just scary costumes. We don’t celebrate Halloween. But, we do dress up in a family themed costume and go to a local church for their fall festival. (They don’t let scary costumes in the door – it’s family friendly and I like it that way.)

  39. Leilani September 23, 2015 at 11:35 AM #

    I’m with you: I LOVE HALLOWEEN. Because of it’s simplicity you can have so much fun with it. I like the Taco Night idea. Who doesn’t love a crisp evening, tacos, candy and friends?

  40. Bellybytes September 23, 2015 at 11:17 AM #

    We don’t celebrate this festival in our part of the world but you’ve captured the spirit so well that I could identify with it. I was once in the U.S. one Halloween and saw a whole pile of grownups dressed as zombies and witches and all sorts of ghastly creatures and even though I understand it was pure fun, felt it rather puerile

  41. Shannon September 23, 2015 at 8:22 AM #

    I love Halloween as well! Here in Maine we have to trick-or-treat by car as the houses are so spread out where we are – we just usually go to family. The Rec department has a party too that the kids enjoy now that they are bigger. This year I will have an Elsa and Luigi 🙂

  42. Lisa/Syncopated Mama September 22, 2015 at 11:50 PM #

    First off, I love your blog name – it’s just too fantastic! Secondly, I’m right there with you on the scary thing. No, thank you, for sure. So, what costumes are on the plate this year?

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad September 23, 2015 at 9:16 PM #

      Thank you for the kind words. Our name definitely gets us attention; so glad you like it. This year’s costume hasn’t been decided yet but I’m sure she’ll pick something amazing. She is all into flowers and plants so I can imagine it may be tree or nursery related.

  43. kate November 3, 2014 at 2:22 AM #

    haha! Taking the kiddo out is always my job…my husband hates being scared even more than I hate it! I am a jumpy human being and grew up in a family that loved to play on that so going to haunted things gives me a good scare along with a good laugh 😉 sounds like a nice Halloween though! 🙂

  44. Barbara Boser November 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM #

    Bonfire night sounds so fun! Sounds like your family had a great Halloween, thanks for sharing 🙂

  45. David November 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM #

    Well I would tell you what we did for Halloween, except that we didn’t do a single thing. Not a thing. When we were out in town we saw lots of people wearing creepy makeup and costumes, and lots of houses had fake cobwebs and creepy Dracula characters and ‘Scream’ characters in the windows. The thing is that Halloween is a fairly recent celebration in the UK. I know it is supposed to have a religious connection (All Hallows Eve) and all that, but it comes so near to Bonfire Night (AKA Guy Fawkes Night) on November 5th that we save our excitement for that. Fireworks, community bonfires, baked potatoes, cold hands and feet, dark winter nights…. brrrrrr…

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad November 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM #

      Bonfire Night sounds amazing. Sign me up! I never realized that Halloween wasn’t so popular over there. You learn something every day! Thanks for visiting.

  46. Carolyn November 1, 2013 at 8:41 PM #

    Hey! We had a taco feast tonight! 😉

  47. Rabia November 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM #

    Oooh! I love the scary stuff!! My daughter does too, but the boys are still a bit too young.

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