In a well watched video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YQpbzQ6gzs) Jimmy Kimmel shows kids’ reactions to the news that their parents have eaten all their Halloween candy. Kimmel claims he was surprised to see how really upset many kids were. Not I! Kids love their Halloween candy. I repeat, they LOVE it. What an odd holiday is Halloween. On that one day of the year we encourage, if not accompany our kids while they go out at night, knock on strangers’ doors, talk to strangers, and beg for … [Read more...] about All that Halloween Candy
Yesterday I watched a neighbor’s nanny drape the front shrubs with that spider webby stuff in anticipation of Halloween. Such fun, I thought. Then I noticed her charges, two little guys ages 8 and 5 were right there…watching. As far as I could tell, their job was to stand there and yell “Car coming!” when necessary. At the risk of repeating what I wrote in last year’s Halloween blog (Let Halloween Be the Kids’ Holiday), it’s time to remind you that the degree of memory-making fun in this … [Read more...] about Whose Halloween is it?
“Professional Halloween Lighting” reads the sign on my corner. Are they kidding? I wondered as I inched toward my house, looking out for any of my young neighbors. My block is filled with kids of all ages, nursery through high schoolers. And their house Halloween decorations began appearing last week. Next door to me there is a menagerie of scary guys and body parts, bushes dripping with spider webs. Across the street there is a whole array Halloween creatures, hanging ghosts, spiders, … [Read more...] about Let Halloween Be The Kids’ Holiday
One of the joys of being a parent is getting to do the fun kid stuff all over again. Stuff like sharing Easter baskets, making Valentines, and dressing up for Halloween. You can hardly wait to dress up your nine month old in that lion costume and parade her around the neighborhood, right? But you aren’t remembering Halloween from the perspective of a two or three or four year old. You remember it from when you were nine or ten years old, when it really was all fun and there wasn’t much that … [Read more...] about BEWARE OF HALLOWEEN!