For all that I’m horror-phobic, Halloween is my favorite holiday. This is saying something, because after all, Easter has to do with a lot of chocolate and black jelly beans (both!), Thanksgiving is family and feast extraodinaire, and Christmas… Have you ever gotten your kid a horse for Christmas? It’s one of those perfect moments in parenting that can’t be adequately described.
But Halloween had kid-appeal like no other holiday, for all kinds of reasons:
1) It’s one night when it’s safe and even encouraged to run around the neighborhood after dark, ringing doorbells and yelling.
2) You are rewarded for the foregoing behaviors with sugar and lots of it.
3) The longer you stay out running around with your siblings or buds, the greater your reward.
4) There is nothing quite like comparing your loot with everybody else’s afterward, and trading your Snickers for their Milky Way Dark. Win-win economics made easy.
5) This is when dressing up doesn’t mean wearing what your mom wants you to wear (and not getting it dirty).
6) You get to put on make up the way a kid should be allowed to put on make-up, complete with fake blood and bite marks.
7) There’s a comforting feeling about having a whole grocery bag of chocolate under your bed—until your mom finds it and confiscates it or your brother raids your stash.
8) It’s fun when nobody recognizes you because your costume is so cool.
9) If your brother doesn’t steal your idea, you can be anything you want to be, for just a few hours.
10) No matter how sick you get from overindulging in your own loot, when next year comes around, it’s all going to be fun again.
What’s your favorite Halloween memory?