I do this to myself every year, and every year I know its stupid and a waste of money, and time, and effort. Its one night for cryin' out loud and we go to our friend's house and don't even actually do the real trick-or-treating thing, but I still do it. I rack my brain and shop online costumes stores over and over again to find the PERFECT costume for my little angels. I want a theme thing. This year I'm begging my kids to go as Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus and Lucy. So far, I have Charlie, a bee, a four year old who wants to be invisible, and an almost 8 year old who wants to be a bee. It frustrates me! Can't we all just have fun doing what mommy wants? I don't want to spend a million dollars on costumes, then again, I surf the net for hours finding one that is too cute, and BAM, its theirs. ::Headdesk:: I check out from the store $175 poorer with a stomach ache that is bound to last for over a month due to the obscene amount of candy and lack of cash.
Here's my thinking. Its ONE night! We dress our kids up in adorable costumes and send them out to beg candy off of the neighbors. We encourage them to go eat the crap we take away from them half the time because they're going to end up puking in your car, or on their bedroom floor from all the chocolate, and lack of sleep, and crying that comes with all the sugar and excitement. They love it, and I must too or I would seriously ditch the costumes and go buy a bag of candy bars at the store, let them eat till they puke in their normal clothes and get over it, but I can't!
I'm going to continue pretending that Halloween makes me crazy when, in all honesty, I like to dress my kids up and make myself half-psychotic for the sake of the Hershey company. How else am I going to stock my freezer full of stolen chocolate? Don't tell the kids, but once they crash from all the sugar in their systems, Daddy and I do our own trick-or-treating out of their treat bags and steal all the good stuff. I despise cheap chocolate so all that gross stuff is theirs, but the Snickers and Butterfingers and Baby Ruths are confiscated and hidden well in the bottom of the deep freeze. After all, I paid through the nose to get those costumes! Ya, you were adorable kids, nice work tonight kids. Off to bed with you, and make sure to hit the trash can if you feel like you're going to puke.
So far, we have a Halloween on the trails planned with our friends complete with candy, music, pumpkins, bon fires, hot dogs, soda and beer. We'll spend two nights trick-or-treating so we can hit up the grandparents for the good stuff and get an extra night's use out of an over-priced but darling Bee costume. I need more! I need extravagance and excessive partying and costume usage! I need Martha Stewart Halloween perfection here people!
So here's the plan. I am declaring it Halloween all month long. From the day I get home from my brother's wedding in NOLA, I'm on the Halloween train. Its going to be horrendous crafts and cookies and witches brew. I'm going to pay the neighbors off to provide candy at my every whim. We're wearing costumes to the grocery, to church, to swim team practice, to bed if we have to! We're going to eat chocolate until we hate it. (Actually not a bad idea if that were even possible.) Its witches brew for dinner instead of soup. Bat wings instead of tortillas. Hit me here people. Be my Martha! What's your best Halloween idea for a month of fun?