There seems to be a common theme in my posts this fall - things are changing. Hallowe'en also fell into this category. Usually one of my "go all out" times of year, again, a little subdued this year. Adam went out to parties at UBC on both the Friday and Saturday nights and Colin had a school dance and was working at his new job at Takeya Sushi. The boys still dressed up though - Colin as Toad from Mario etc and Adam as a hockey referee and a Sims character which he did as part of a group costume.
Colin humoured me and carved a jack o lantern and I did one too. I was glad to hear a few of the older trick or treaters "get it" when they came to our door!
Halloween night was a perfect night for trick or treaters and I think we had about 150 children come by. I love greeting them at the door and feeling the palpable excitement in the younger children. There's always a few shy trick or treaters as well, and I love crouching down and having a little conversation with them about their costumes and treat preferences.
And I also enjoy talking with the older children, sometimes awkward in their costumes and asking for treats but so glad to see them still being children. Because there's a definite shift in the air as children get into their late teens and then, what Halloween is all about changes.
I'm thankful that I live in a neighbourhood where there will still be streams of joyful children trick or treating for years to come!