Celebrating Halloween {2012}

by Cate on November 5, 2012

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Last year, our Halloween was delayed because of a freak snowstorm. This year, it’s anybody’s guess when it will happen. Luckily Madeline’s school had arranged a trunk-or-treat event the Sunday before Hurricane Sandy struck, so they were able to squeeze in a little bit ‘o festivities beforehand.

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There are some schools of thought that in the grand scheme of things, Halloween shouldn’t matter or even be a second thought when there is so much devastation and restoration to contend with.

I don’t agree.

The kids need a little bit of happy in their lives right now. Let us adults deal with the grown-up stuff. The kids have all been such troopers in the last week, if we can give them a little piece of Halloween, why not? Nick’s school is in the process of organizing a trunk-or-treat for this weekend, and I think we’re all looking forward to a bit of regular life amidst things like dealing with power loss and gas shortages. And the trunk-or-treat guarantees the kids’ safety so we don’t have to worry about contending with down wires, fallen trees, and road closures.

And as we’ve done in previous years, we’ll donate our unwanted Halloween candy to the Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Participating dentists will pay a dollar a pound for what you don’t want, and then they send the candy to the troops overseas.

My kind of program.

The kids choose their very favorite pieces, we add in some of my parents’ very favorite pieces, and the rest of it goes. They don’t trick-or-treat for the haul, they do it for the fun.

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We still need to get our Halloween costume picture on our favorite neighborhood rock, as we’ve done every year. Hoping to get to it sometime this week.

Halloween Round-Up

Now for the rest of you celebrating Halloween? The folks at Shutterfly are having a Howl-O-Ween Photo contest on Facebook now through November 7th. You can enter your Halloween photos to win some pretty awesome prizes (two night stay at Great Wolf Lodge! generous Shutterfly gift certificates!). And we’re going to take this one step further… one lucky commenter on THIS post will win a $75 Shutterfly gift card towards a Shutterfly purchase. Perfect timing for those sending holiday cards in the next few months. Which is something I totally plan to get on when things get back to normal.

PRIZE: One $75 Shutterfly gift card
TO ENTER: Comment on this post and tell me your favorite Halloween memory or costume.
FOR MORE ENTRIES: Tweet this post. Or Pin this post (you can do that by using the handy little buttons at the bottom of this post) and comment that you’ve done so. Or follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram, if you don’t already (and come back and tell me you do).
GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST
WINNER ANNOUNCED: In an upcoming post and via Twitter. If winner doesn’t respond with address info within 48 hours, a second winner will be chosen.
FINE PRINT: The winner will be selected using random.org.

Tomorrow? We share some of our very best tips for preparing for an emergency. Things that might not have occurred to us before Hurricane Sandy. Lessons learned, if you will.

Obviously new recipe posts will not be happening here until we get our power back and life resumes its natural routine a bit. I’m sure you understand.

*This post was sponsored by Mom It Forward and the kind folks at Shutterfly. And, of course, all opinions are my very own. Natch.

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