Wednesday, October 26, 2011


It's that time of year, again. Time for all the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins to be out and about.

Some of my fondest memories are Halloween parties my mom had for Chontee (my sister) and me. She would  decorate our grandparents' old store, and invite all the kids in town. We'd bob for apples, cut out jack-o-lanterns, and get a chance to win prizes for all the contests she thought up. Other than Christmas, Halloween remained Mom's favorite holiday all her life.

When I became an adult, Mom and I would go to a bingo game every Halloween and always in costume. Sometimes we could even talk Chontee into going with us. I remember one year Mom came to the house so I could wrap her as a mummy. She was disappointed when I told her I wasn't going to be able to go. But as soon as she pulled away, I dressed as the "Grim Reaper" and headed out in my four inch soled boots.

After getting to bingo, I made sure to stand by Mom every time she went to get her papers or to get a snack. I even went out of my way to speak to her, but she never realized who I was. When she won the last game before the break, I came to stand next to the girl giving the pay out and asked, "Isn't it just awful when your own mummy doesn't know you?" It was hilarious and we laughed about it for many years.

Mom died in September of 2004. I miss her terribly, but more so this time each year.

Remember, Halloween is a great time to have fun with your kids, but the keyword here is "with" them. Keep them safe. If you go trick-or-treating be extra careful to watch out for the little "monsters." They may be too excited to watch out for you. There are a lot of internet sites with excellent Halloween safety tips, look them up. Some things are only common sense, but there are things you might not have thought about.

Build lasting memories with your children and have a Spook-tacular Howl-oween!   

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