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Question: What is your favorite Halloween tradition with kids?
My favorite Halloween tradition is eating my kids’ candy after they go to sleep. My favorite Halloween tradition WITH my kids is going to a farm to pick our pumpkins. As a life-long city dweller, I have a (totally unrealistic) fantasy about living on a farm. When we go to pick our pumpkins, I like to pretend that we are a wholesome farm family running through the fields, breathing fresh air, eating fresh food that we have grown ourselves, and getting in touch with what really matters. Then it’s nice to go home to our city house and not have to walk in animal droppings, swat away flies, breathe manure-scented air, or get up at dawn to milk the cows. It’s the best of both worlds.
*Sarah Knight is co-founder of Mamas Against. You can follow her on Twitter at @sarahsknight
My favorite Halloween tradition is picking out and carving pumpkins. The kids love it, too, but this doesn’t erase the fact that Halloween is an insane holiday when you think about it. Pumpkin carving requires giant and very sharp knives, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to more than one pumpkin carving party where alcohol was served (knives and alcohol – always a good combination). So basically, you dig the guts out of something that looks like someone’s head, and then you take it a step further by giving the thing you just de-brained a face. As if that doesn’t cross oh-so-many lines into the valley of cruel and unusual, you then put a candle in the pumpkin head and set it aglow. So yup, as sick and twisted as it may be, that’s my favorite.
*Shannon Hembree is the co-founder of Mamas Against Drama. You can follow her on Twitter @shannon1hembree.
This one makes me sad My boys are so little we were just getting a rhythm down for Halloween and what we do. This year we are going to be moving to a country where they don’t celebrate Halloween 2 days before the holiday. Boo on us. We still got costumes though, and hope to hit up the expat club and trick or treat there! I am very interested who will eat the giraffe- the great white shark or the lion?
But, what our favorite tradition WILL BE once life returns back to normal in a couple of years- is dress up in our costumes and roll around the subdivision trick or treating just like I used to as a kid. I love to go nuts with holiday decor- which I am very, very much looking forward to getting out once again since ‘little hands’ won’t be eating/breaking/ touching them. Just big hands- but hopefully they will take my threats much more seriously.
*Farrah finds sporadic moments to jot down her adventures at The Three Under. Her 3.5 year old and 21 month old twins are all boys. Someday she will own nice furniture again. Catch up with what she’s dealing with on Twitter as @momofthreeunder and Facebook.
My kids are just old enough now to all understand and look forward to Halloween. So far this year my favorite tradition has been decorating the apartment and painting pumpkins!
*Wendy writes truthfully about life in New York City with twins plus one at Mama One to Three. She includes many references to wine and coffee. Find her using bad judgment and even worse language on Twitter, @mamaonetothree, and Facebook.
Meredith Leigh Knight
Every year for the past 10 years we have delighted the neighborhood kids and appalled their parents with the construction of the Tunnel of Doom, a scary maze made from PVC pipe, duct tape and black tarps that lead to a goldmine of candy for the brave.
My children spend weeks decorating and take turns playing tour guide, which my son says is a dangerous job when he has to lead moms through. The last two years we even added a Porch of Pain, complete with an electric chair, a.k.a., my husband in overalls with an electric sander and a colander on his head.
I love the fun the kids have but hate the mess and have often wished we’d do something less elaborate, like say a pumpkin. Sadly, this year, we are breaking from the tradition due to a surgery I have to have. My front porch has never looked more tasteful, and it makes me a bit sad.
Happy Halloween, and enjoy the bloody mess as long as you can!
*Meredith Leigh Knight is an award-winning columnist and writer. Follow her blog Life as Leigh sees it at meredithleighknight.blogspot.com or on twitter @leighslifeblog.
Eating their candy!
*Jennifer Griffin is the mother of two very active and very adorable little boys.
Oh, Halloween. You are not my favorite “holiday.” Since my kids have food allergies and, as a result, we don’t let them consume any chemical-filled candy, Halloween used to bring me stress. But since we’ve worked hard to teach the kids to respect their bodies by what they put in them, they happily hand over their loot from trick-or-treating to me. In exchange, they get a new toy they have been wishing for. Everyone’s happy and healthy, and the kids have their toys long after the candy has run out for everyone else. So, our tradition is “the new Halloween toy.” It works for us.
Some moms do the “Switch Witch,” where the candy stays on the porch overnight and is magically replaced in the morning with a new toy. This is a great option, too, but my son was already used to trading up for a toy when I first heard of it. Plus, I’m okay with the kids understanding WHY we make the switch, rather than them thinking it’s magic.
We also visit pumpkin patches every year — pony rides and hay rides can’t be beat at the end of October.
*Brooke Bernard is a mother of two and a freelance editor who blogs here at Mamas Against Drama almost every Wednesday. She can be found trying to tweet @BrookeBBlogs.
My favorite Halloween tradition is most certainly not my sons’ favorite tradition. However, in my defense, I’m not even sure if they are aware of this marvelous tradition I have: the secret disposal of handfuls of the candy stash on a nightly basis. This tradition just warms the cockles of my heart. For the first step, the boys are involved: they dump all their loot in a pile and then pick out the treats they do not like. This typically results in a pile of SweeTarts, PayDays, Butterfingers, and anything including a peanut. We bag this up and take it to our dentist’s office where she sends it on to the troops overseas. The remaining pile is the equivalent of the GDP of Hershey, Pennsylvania. The boys get one piece each and then shuffle off to do whatever boys do after school, at which point I yank out at least 2 fistfuls of the wretched stuff and hide it on a top shelf. After a few nights of covert candy removal, the spoils get bagged up and presented to someone other than my children–the trashman, the mailman, our bagger at the grocery store. So in effect, it’s a win-win. I’m not wasting the Halloween candy (per se), and my sons are not woofing down all that trash and acting like wild banshees who’ve downed too many espressos. Sneaky, no? Mother knows best. We’re typically Halloween treat free by Veteran’s Day. Best Halloween tradition ever–for moms, that is.
*Laura Bedingfield Herakovich is the mother of three rambunctious, yet adorable boys. You can read her personal blog at http://www.jtandtheob.com/
I must say Halloween is my least favorite holiday. Give me a big fat turkey or presents any day but I am not a fan of dressing up, the morbid skeletons and the pounds of candy. That being said, I put on a happy pumpkin face for the kids. I wouldn’t say it’s a “tradition” but after they trick or treat, we sit down with the kids and each child picks out five pieces of candy (that I strongly suggest they have). After that, they pour everything else into the bowl and we give out all of it to our trick or treaters– something the kids think is awesome. Then, in true Halloween style, we turn off every single light in the house and pray that no one knocks on the door. I mean, it’s 7pm by then, people.
*Sarah Weitzenkorn has written several guest blogs for Mamas Against Drama and is the mother of an adorable little boy and girl.
That’s all the mamas have to say this week. Check back next Monday for another wacky (and yet profound and insightful…) round of answers from the mamas!