I’m big on tradition. Whether it’s a new one or an old one, I like the comfortable feeling of being able to rely on tradition. The kids each open up one present on Christmas Eve, a tradition carried over from my own childhood, and it’s always pajamas to wear that night. We celebrate Chinese New Year. We have a New Years’ Eve seafood feast every year. The Rainbow Cake End of School/Back to School tradition was born this year. Tradition. Love it.
One of our Halloween traditions is the Trick of Treat bag I made years ago when Nick was two years old. Every year, I write what his Halloween costume is, and the year. Since he learned how to write his name, he has also signed it. I love that he carries something special like this for trick-or-treating and it’s a fun trip down memory lane when we dig it out each year. This year, he had a hard time deciding what to dress up as, torn between two choices, so he will be a soccer playing vampire.
Today I bought Madeline her bag so she can carry her own memory-filled trick-or-treat bag. She has a very “large and in charge,” bustling walk, and I can just picture her marching up to front doors on Saturday, trick or treating with the big kids. This is the perfect picture to show off her walk. Given her sweet tooth, she will be in all her glory come Halloween. And then some.
Tonight is also the night before the kids’ Halloween celebrations at school, so our kitchen was awash with preparations for tomorrow. The other Class Mom and I got together to get ready, making pumpkin shaped, colorfully sprinkled Halloween cookies. They went in a clear plastic treat bag with a Halloween-decorated pencil for each kid in Nick’s class. Then we baked up a batch of Pumpkin Apple Chocolate Chip muffins for a breakfast party in the morning for the kids. They’re not allowed to have an all-out official party, since they are also doing Trunk or Treating in the afternoon, but we managed to finagle a small little party in the morning when school starts, with homemade muffins and fresh fruit.
Come Saturday night, after the kids are fast asleep from a day full of fun activities, one last Halloween tradition rounds out the night. Before bedtime, we go through all the Halloween candy and just pick out our favorites to keep. The rest goes out on the dining room table for the Halloween Fairy. A close cousin of the Tooth Fairy, she comes in the middle of the night in super sleuth mode and takes away the candy and leaves a small present behind. Yet another favorite tradition. This is what the Halloween Fairy will be leaving Nick, and this one is for Madeline.
‘Tis a good time to be a kid. Indeed.
P.S. A very big happy birthday to our dear friend, Chris. I’ve known him for some 13+ years, and love him in spite of his penchant for fine dining on tater tots! Happy, happy birthday!!