What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sneaky Peek

A sneak peek into my All Hallow's Eve~ can you guess what the children will become?

Trick or Treating in the boondocks is a different monster entirely than trick or treating in a city or suburb.

Trick or Treating in the City or Suburb: 

Dress up kids.  Go to a street corner. Walk house to house, say TRICK OR TREAT, get gobs of candy.  Repeat.  When you've gone far enough down the street, you cross the street, head down the other side and back into your car.  "Trick or Treat".  Gobs of candy.  Done.  A great 40 minute walk in the fresh night air- gobs of candy.  No pressure.  Non-commital. 20-40 minutes, depending on how greedy you are and your done.

Trick or Treating in the Country: 

Up to a week beforehand- neighbors start calling, wondering whether the kids will be coming trick or treating on Halloween. (of course!) "What candy do they love most?" they ask. (ummmm....the sweet kind.)

Halloween Night: Dress up kids.  Go in the car.  Drive to the nearest house- 1/4 mile away.  Trick or Treat!  Come on in and let's visit.  Drive to next house- 2 more miles away.  Each house gets further away than the last.  Each house requires AT LEAST a 10 minute visit. Sometimes up to 40 minutes.  Total houses 'hit'- 7.  Total time involved- 3 hours and 37 minutes, give or take an hour.

Last year, after working straight until the minute they had to be in their costumes and on their way out the door, I wearily said to Matt- "How about YOU take them trick or treating?!  I'll be the get-readier and you can be the chauffeur.  This could be your THING.  You'll have so much fun!  Beside- your really good at the whole kicking-the-dirt country visiting scene."  So he did.

I stayed home and had a glass of wine.  Lit a few candles.  Did a bit of crocheting.  Painted my toenails.


So, here is hoping to that becoming a new tradition in this house.  I have the yarn all picked out.  ;-)

Happy Halloween, folks!  
May your costumes not be itchy and your bellies be full of sugar!


Rozy Lass said...

I LOVE your idea! Enjoy your solitude; it's not often that we mothers get any.

Terri Cheney said...

Your description is so right! My kids did Halloween in the small town near here (3 miles away) but it was still not a walking affair, it's a rural town and driving along is necessary. I like your 'celebration' last year and hope that you get to do the same this year.

Full of Grace said...

I hope you were able to have your glass of wine ;) I look forward to seeing the costumes and I miss our getting together and spending Halloween together also. Seasons change I suppose, but I miss it too. Post those pics soon! :)

beth said...

oh i hope that's just the way your evening went ~ and that your pre-wine/yarn preparations included some time wielding your camera-!

speaking of which - can't help wondering whether any of your children has expressed an interest in photography, what with your example/talent and all-?

Amanda said...

We lived in the boondocks and we had ONE house to visit. It was the home of an old lady and her husband who both adored my family. They lived over the hill from us as the crow flies, but we had to drive to get there. She would put out a full spread: fresh fruit, full size candy bars, cookies, brownies, SODA cans. It was the best!