Halloween. For the last 15 years this day consisted of costumes and toting children out the door to collect candy.
For years, rain or shine, I got the kids into their costumes and we headed out the door at 6pm promptly to collect candy. I’d admire their smug little faces all bundled into costumes and coats and we were on the hunt for candy, often meeting up with family/friends along our travels. Typically within an hour or so, these adorable little children would transform into little devil spawns. One was crying cause the bag of candy was too much to carry, another one wanted to go home, they wanted to eat the candy, needed a drink, were cold or they needed to use the washroom. I was often the one left carrying warm sweaters, sippy cups or bottled water and the bag of candy that was not that heavy. I did not have much Halloween spirit left over and we’d shortly be on our way home for the night.
Now that the kids are 11 and 14, this Halloween is different. I wasn’t surprised when my children announced that they would make the Trick or treat adventure on their own with friends. They no longer needed help into their costumes, no hands to hold as they cross the road on that candy collection adventure.
I have to admit I was extremely excited to not have to trek across the neighborhood holding a bag full of candy. Finally, I could stay in and attempt to watch the scary movie line-up on television.
But as Halloween drew nearer and we faced October 31, there was an empty pit of a feeling in my stomach. This was the moment that I realized that my kids are actually growing up. For a moment, I was sad that our Halloween tradition had come to an end. I didn’t realize that last year was our last Halloween.
As the kids prepared for the night, I snapped a few pictures and smiled. I could see the excitement on their faces. I’m sure they couldn’t believe that mom was letting them go out, by themselves. I almost didn’t want to let them go, but they are good kids, and they are grown. I know they will be safe and they will have such a great time with their friends.
If you are headed out this evening with your children in those adorable little costumes remember to cherish these moments and take lots of photos. For soon, you might find yourself alone on Halloween night, wondering just how did your children grow up so fast.