1. Halloween is fun for the whole family.
When I was a kid, my parents really got into Halloween. My Mom made all my costumes and my Dad worked on the haunted houses at my school and then we all got dressed up to go to the school carnival together. I loved those days. And I think for that very reason, Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. But as time goes on, you get older, and you either don’t make the time to wear costumes or you’re so worried about your kid’s costumes that you don’t even think about yourself anymore. That’s kind of where I was until yesterday.
I volunteered at my son’s Halloween party at school. Lots of the Moms were dressed in costumes. I wasn’t. I felt a little lame, I must admit. And then right in the middle of the party, my son said to me “I’m sad you don’t have a costume Mom”. Wah wah. That totally bummed me out.
2. Letting go of your inhibitions is good for you.
My son’s comment hit me hard so I decided I was definitely gonna dress up for Trick-or-Treat and our annual neighborhood block party. I tried to think of what I could do that was last minute and easy. I texted my husband…”Should we wear costumes tonight???” He was having a busy day and couldn’t really think about it. I texted my neighbor… “should we wear costumes tonight???” She was busy too. Darn. My resolve was faltering.
I was letting inhibitions get the best of me. We had never dressed up for the block party before. It was mostly for the kids. What if I was the only one? But then I thought again about my son. Okay, if I’m the only one…. so be it. He will be so excited.
3. The minute you put on a costume, you are having fun.
I decided I could easily put together a “Day of the Dead” costume. All I needed was some cheap face paint and some big flowers. I had the rest in my closet. Sometimes, the last minute costumes come out the best. As soon as I had that costume together, I felt great. So happy and excited and ready to celebrate Halloween.
My son and daughter were ecstatic to see me dressed up. Their energy level was through the roof! I got lots of kudos at the block party and as it turned out, many of the parents were also dressed up this year. My husband Greg loved my costume and I had the best time taking my kids Trick-or-Treating.
This morning Greg said, “That was the best Halloween we’ve ever had. Super fun to do it as a family.” So true. Looks like I’ll be dressing up again next year (and I’ll surely get him in on the action too).