Every year, my sister and I make Halloween a festive family affair. Our children are all nearly the same age, so every year since they were born, we trick or treat together! We always make sure the dads leave work early and Grandma helps out with any last minute costume drama. We start the festivities at Denine’s house and make sure we remember to take plenty of pictures on her spooky porch. Each year her family works hard to out do the previous years creepy creation.
This year, my niece and nephew decided to create a skeleton scare fest on their front porch. They picked out a few skeletons from Wayfair and let their imaginations run wild. For some reason, they decided to set up a Horoscope reading of sorts and I have to say it’s pretty cool. Being kids, not everything makes perfect sense, so when they decided that two skeleton “burglars” needed to go up on the roof, my sister just went with it. If you look really close, you can see the deck of fortune teller cards that they’re now holding in their hands. I have to say, they did a really good job this year!
Then we make our way across the road to my neighborhood. We stop off at my house for more pictures on the front porch and allow everyone a quick break. Each year I try my best to rival my sister’s eerie entryway and I always seem to fall short. It’s not for a lack of trying, it’s mostly due to the massive restrictions my children put on me. Scary things still scare them. They don’t feel comfortable walking past zombies crawling out of our front lawn or ducking under giant slide filled spider webs after school. They also don’t like ugly witches or creepy skeletons. I have a lot of things I need to avoid on my list. So each year, I decorate with pumpkins, black cats and the occasional un-ghastly ghost.
It’s always a wild guess as to when the evening will end. Sometimes it’s when they get too cold, sometimes when their feet start to hurt, other times it’s when their bags are ready to burst. The evening ends back at my house where we have snacks and sandwiches waiting for dinner. Do you trick or treat with your family? Do you ever do a sibling decorating show down? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you!