Holidays are wonderful for developing family traditions. And the the one upon is is this week-Halloween. People have different views on Halloween. Some have lots of fun around the holiday. Some put on elaborate parties with elaborate costumes. Others don’t celebrate it.
To me Halloween was new as families in my home country don’t have a tradition to celebrate it. I think of this holiday as the end of Fall as this is when the weather turns where I live. I feel that instead of costumes, scary images, and lots of candy, a family can celebrate Fall baking, getting together on a rainy day, spending time together in a way that the family is comfortable.
Enjoy a guest post from one of our readers, Kendra Thornton about the way she celebrates Halloween with her loved ones and enjoys the Fall season.
My Spooktacular Halloween Family Fun
Autumn is finally here! Trees are adorned with dazzling colored leaves, nights are cool and crisp, and my favorite spiced pumpkin lattes are back. In our family, we always kick off the holiday season with a ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween. We scurry around town to find or create just the right costumes. It is one of my favorite times to be with my family and allow the kids to dress up in character!
My kids love to help peel apples and sprinkle the crunchy topping on my famous apple crisp. We love to eat it warm, with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. The aroma of the spicy treat fills the house with a cozy feeling, as we wait with anticipation for the first glorious mouthful. On Halloween night, we indulge in traditional hot apple cider and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies when my excited costumed characters tumble through the door after a night of trick or treating. Creating delicious, fall themed foods has become a well-loved tradition in our family, and everyone takes part in the fun.
When the kids arrive back home with the candy they’ve collected, we all sit on the living room floor and each child carefully empties the contents of his bag onto the floor in front of him. We have an energetic candy swap, passing the favorites back and forth until everyone is satisfied with their “loot.” The candy swap allows me to keep a watchful eye on the goodies, and gives me the chance to remove anything that is opened, suspicious, or homemade. The kids have a blast scrutinizing each other’s candy and negotiating for the treats they prefer.
One year we decided to break tradition and take a trip for Halloween. We took a trip to Orlando and spent Halloween night in a hotel. There is a wonderful site on Gogobot called Family Traveler’s Tribe. The site connects you with other parents who are willing to share traveling experiences, travel tips and secrets to planning the best vacation for your family. We utilized the site for recommendations for our trip to Orlando. The kids were reluctant at first, when we told them about our non-traditional Halloween plans. They changed their minds and embraced the adventure when we handed them their decorated pillowcase trick or treat bags, and told them they could wear their costumes in the hotel! Some of the guests had come to the hotel prepared for trick or treaters, and had a stash of candy in their rooms. The staff allowed the kids to knock on doors and trick or treat, so a great time was had by all! The trip made wonderful memories that the kids won’t ever forget.
I am really looking forward to this 2013 holiday season. I will be able to share some of my Halloween hospitality with family members who plan to visit. I am already looking for tasty fall casseroles, soups and other hearty meals that serve a crowd. Of course, baked goods and treats will also be a part of the holiday fare. The kids and I are looking forward to trying some new recipes and perhaps creating some new traditions. Maybe we’ll have a costume contest or a pumpkin carving competition! I love Pinterest, and I’m sure I’ll be able to find great ideas for the festivities and plenty of yummy recipes to try!
With all this talk about the fall season, Halloween, great food, creating costumes, and family time, I can hardly wait to get started. Traditions are such an important part of a child’s life. I want to make sure I share the fun and familiarity of building holiday traditions with my kids, so they can pass the ideas and fun filled traditions down to their own children in the future.