Monday, October 22, 2007
We Don't Do Halloween, But We Did When I Was Little
Pop Vox #3
When people (as in my parents, for example) could not figure out why we chose not to celebrate Halloween, I wasn't sure what to say. We just chose not to, that's why. I was a new mom and not sure about the whole Halloween thing. It didn't feel exactly right to me, and yet people I trusted and respected went all-out. I read a lot, listened a lot, prayed some ... but my kids sort of decided for me, and you hardly ever hear anyone talk about this.
I'll never forget when I had my oldest two in a shopping cart and they (esp. the preschooler; the other was a toddler-baby) looked at the Halloween displays and said, in baby language unison,
"NO WAY, MOTHER. HANG A SHARP LEFT AND KEEP GOING. NOW. WE'LL STAY IN THE NURSERY WITHOUT FUSSING. WE'LL TUCK OURSELVES IN AT BEDTIME. WE'LL BARE OUR THIGHS FOR VACCINES. ANYTHING BUT THIS; NOW GO, GO, GO!!!"
Literal translation from English back to Babish:"WAAAAAAH!!!!" communicated while trying to climb out of the cart and into the deepest recesses of my armpits. I'm lucky they didn't go for the womb.
Anyway, I got the message. They never asked. Never voiced regrets or confusion or feeling left out. Maybe that's because we went to a Fall Festival every year, sans costumes. Except one year they decided to have A CLOWN, of all the horrifying costumes in the universe to 79.999% of kids, at the festival. Not a fun night for one child of ours. We still threaten him with clowns, and he's 18.
But I did go trick-or-treating when I was little. Mostly I remember sweaty plastic masks and stale candy and being afraid of the scarier costumes (scarier = not a princess), but some of it was good. What was your favorite candy? PS: The results of last week's survey about TV heroines is below this poll.
Samantha Stevens: 25%
Mary Richards, Ann Marie: 14%
Jeannie, Mary Ann, Laura Petry: 11%
Katie Douglas: 9%
Other: 3% (Go, Samurai!)
2%: Ginger (You know who you are, you vixens!)