Growing up I used to love Halloween, but over the last 10 years or so I have lost that love for such a fun holiday. I remember that my Mom would go all out on Halloween, she always dressed up for work, put together cute bags full of goodies for all the trick or treaters, and handed out the candy in full costume while my brother & I were out filling up our pillow cases with candy! We weren’t allowed to really decorate the outside of the house until Halloween (we had a few things up throughout the month but the full on spookyness wasn’t unleashed until October 31st). My favourite was coming back, pouring our loot onto the kitchen table and sorting through all of our awesome candy!! My brother and I would compare and see who got more chocolate bars, chips & rockets – I even remember all the McDonald’s coupons for free fries (like really who didn’t love getting those!!). We tried to make that candy last as long as we could.
I was really looking forward to carrying on some of these traditions when I moved out on my own….getting dressed up, decorating the house and handing out the candy and getting to see all the kiddies in their costumes. Until recently I found myself thinking it was just another day….I’d still get candy and hand it out but I didn’t decorate and to be honest I wasn’t all that excited. That all changed when I met my husband Curtis.
Curtis LOVES Halloween, and that love is starting to wear off on me. He still makes a costume every year even if there is no party to go to, but wears it to hand out candy. One of his biggest traditions is that he tries to watch a ‘scary’ movie for every day in October and I have found myself getting excited for this which we have decided will be our new tradition. Now, I don’t watch all of the movies he watches as I am NOT a fan of Slasher flicks; instead I prefer more ghost story movies. Oh and we also throw in kids Halloween movies and every year we have to watch some classics like ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ and the Garfield Halloween Sepecial The closest he’s ever gotten was 2 years ago when he watched 28…..I probably watched about 18 of them because he did have quite a few slasher ones in there.
So….I need some help! I’m trying to come up with some new movies that we both can watch and I would love to hear some of your suggestions! Also what Halloween traditions do you have and did they change once you had kids or did you just modify them to be more kid-friendly?