I don’t care much for celebrating Halloween. The whole trick or treat thing was definitely downplayed by my folks long before my 10th birthday and I grew up with it being just a minor blip on the radar that happened before a holy day. I feel about it something akin to what non-Christians must think about Christmas, i.e. it’s a big annoying pain in the ass to get through. So while it’s amusing on occasion to see grown people decorate their homes, or hold costume parties, and whatnot, I remain uninterested.
Of course, I have to make a show for the kids. We carve pumpkins, roast seeds, and trick or treat. But I’d rather be working on an art project or reading a book. It’s amazing how into it the boys are considering they can’t eat 2/3rds of the candy they get due to allergies. I suppose they must get a lot of hype about it from school friends and television ads. I try not to step on their fun though. Kids should be allowed to be kids.
At least this year, I got to work on an art project. My oldest is going around with a group of other boys and girls tomorrow evening as characters from the “Adventure Time” cartoon. He and I made a BMO costume. BMO is a robot hand-held game system. I think. Anyway, it’s supposed to look like this:
We made it out of a cardboard box spray painted blue (courtesy of #1 boy and his Pop-po) with decorations made of felt and sharpie. He loves it, and I’m pleased that he came up with something so creative. My youngest son is going out as a ninja. Again. I’ll try to get a picture before they go around tomorrow evening. Fortunately the weather will be clear, as hurricane Sandy is over. Last year they trick-or-treated during a nor-easter. Sure didn’t want to deal with that again!