It all started last month when I noticed October 31st fell on a Saturday. I asked the girls if they would like to spend Halloween at Sea World, and they both jumped at the chance. We know they decorate the park and have special shows during October, so we thought this would be a lot of fun.
Plus, it would get us out of Trick-0r-Treats for the year. This is a good thing, because neither girl holds their sugar well. And besides, this still left the Trunk or Treat activity our church does every year for costumes and candy.
The bombshell came a couple of weeks ago, when it was announced that Trunk or Treat would be held the same night as Anna's band concert. "I'm not going to the concert," she announced.
"You're willing to fail band just to get a bunch of candy?" I asked.
"Yes," she replied.
"I don't think so."
So this year, Halloween is going to be a little different around our house. We still brought down the old Imagewriter II box and unloaded the traditional decorations, but that's about it. We won't be buying candy or pumpkins. We're not even doing costumes this year which, after my recent dress-up post on my writer's blog, might make me a bit of a hypocrite.
But we'll still be celebrating Halloween, just in a different way, and with several thousand of our closest friends. Plus a few dozen marine mammals.
That's better than a whole pillowcase full of Tootsie Rolls and Hershey bars, right?