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On Embracing Halloween

by Meagan Francis on October 12, 2012

halloween decorations

Somehow fall caught me off-guard this year. One day it was 75 degrees, and the next day we had a frost warning and I had to dig out all the sweaters and boots.

(Actually, now that I think about it, that seems to happen every year. I guess I should have learned what a Michigan season change looks like by now!)

Anyway, the change in weather was a wake-up call that Halloween is right around the corner. I have to admit that, historically, I’ve kind of blown Halloween off as a mom. Ask me about the year we left on an impromptu trip, FORGETTING IT WAS HALLOWEEN and then ended up having to take our 2- and 4-year-olds trick-or-treating in a mall in a strange city. (Yes, “good moms” really do that kind of flaky stuff sometimes.)

But over the last couple of years -especially as the kids have gotten older and started getting into the spirit more – we’ve really started to embrace the season: throwing parties, dressing up, and last year, my husband and brother-in-law created a huge, impressive, animated skeleton pirate display in our front yard that was the talk of the neighborhood for weeks.

decorating front yard for Halloween

My latest post at Goldfish Smiles is all about the experience of setting up our big Halloween display, and how it’s inspired me to try to do a little better at embracing Halloween going forward – without stressing myself out, of course! From the post:

“When I was growing up, Halloween was always my second-favorite holiday (running a very close second to Christmas). But as a mom of five, I admit to giving Halloween a half-hearted effort over the last few years.” Read the rest of the post here!
How do you celebrate Halloween? Has it changed since you first became a mom?

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