Christmas still qualifies as the biggest holiday season here. I love this time of the year too, back to back holidays, festive spirit, etc, what’s not to love. But my biggest festival growing up has always been Deepavali. Although I don’t celebrate or enjoy it as much as I did when I was growing up, I still love the festival. It brings back great memories.
However, I can confirmedly report that this year that changed. Our biggest festival in the year is now undoubtedly Halloween. Its the much talked about event at home. In fact, I think kids started talking about it last year and I don’t think we stopped. It just kept on going with spiders, skeleton stories etc. We didn’t even dare remove the spider hanging from kids room from last year. As we reached Halloween season, the excitement kept doubling and kids and I have been never excited about anything more than this.
Seeing how much kids love Halloween, this time I wanted them to take part it in as many Halloween events as we can. And we did that.
But, first, all of it starts with buying Halloween decor and costumes of course. This is when Achu joined the shopping bandwagon with me. She is now as much excited and interested in buying festive decor as I am. 🙂 And I love that so much. Finally, I have a shopping buddy. 😀
We were not sure what costumes we were going to buy kids this year, but we knew were not doing any princess stuff for here. We never are (More on that later 🙂 ). So I took Abhi costume shopping. I was hoping he would pick on the superheroes, since that’s what he talks about a lot these days. To my utter surprise, he picked some thing totally new to him. Darthvader from Star Wars. I feel so good about it now because despite the superhero influence he is getting at school he chose something he liked not what his classmates were talking about. That’s a big deal for me 🙂
Next was Achu’s turn. Last year she was Super Girl. She wanted to be a witch but if not witch, we were driving her towards another superhero costume. I honestly wanted her to be Batgirl or Hermione. She went back and forth on witch costumes available, but finally picked Wonder Woman. We have a Wonder Woman poster in our loft, that may have helped. If not, that’s totally on me. 🙂
Costume store is where Achu discovered her new love for Halloween. The scary props and decorations in the store. She was so amazed. A bit scared, but she loved it. I remember driving her specifically to the Halloween stores just so she could see the scary decorations. She also bought some Halloween decorations with me. If I didn’t stop her, she would have bought more. I don’t know why I stopped her. 🙂
A week before, we also took them to the local store for some Halloween pumpkin decoration. Then, we decorated our house. 🙂
Every year, we have trick or treating events at office. We had one this year too. And it was on this day that I received my super awesome special news. When the lawyers told me the good news over phone, they also asked me to bring the kids for trick or treating at their office. So, I took kids to their office. They were so happy to see us and I was so happy to take kids there. This was one building kids enjoyed thoroughly. So much spooky decorations and candy, their buckets were full. 🙂
Next we headed to Murali’s office and then to commons ground, but it wasn’t much candy-fun as the lawyers offices. 🙂
Next stop, Redmond downtown. More roaming around. More candy. Kids were so excited, after picking up candy, they settled on a bench and tasted their candy. Kit Kat is now their favorite. M and M s of course. 🙂 Lots of candy was opened, licked and dropped back into the bucket. 🙂
Evening came, Tat-tada-daaaaaa. The main event. What we have been looking forward to, for the whole year. 🙂 The Official Trick Or Treating. And I think we started a new ritual this year. We lighted the Jack-o-lantern and told scary and spooky stories sitting in front of it. Achu and Murali went on to sing scary songs making weird noises, holding hands, like in those witch rituals. It was so much fun. 🙂
Then we went trick or treating. Its so surprising how no body minded the cold weather. We went around two to three blocks, filling the buckets and enjoying the Halloween decorations and lights.
Over all, it was a fantastic Halloween. It got better than last year. Especially, with the Halloween miracle. Kids had fun through out the week, in fact the whole month with an event or the other. We haven’t removed all of our Halloween decorations yet. Achu refuses to change them. And I will keep them as long as I can too. I will keep them year long if I can. 🙂