Ten Things of Thankful-Halloween happiness

Tonight was a special night not like any other. I have been waiting for this day to come for a year a chance when I get to go out trick or treating with my kids! My husband and I take turns every year but since I only know four people in my neighbourhood I’m anxious to see who’s really behind those closed doors. Call me curious or nosey but I like to see how people live. I feel thankful that I could participate in this night of spooky fun and enjoy the interaction of my youngest complimenting everyone on their costume. For a little boy who is severely speech delayed and socially anxious it’s music to my ears to hear him conversing like everyone else. 

  
Each door to a house we approached opened up to new possibilities. What kind of candy did our treat givers buy, what were they watching on TV before they arrived, did they have laundry on the couch waiting to be folded like me? Each person opened their doors smiling at my children and I. I had a gangster, Batman, and myself dressed up as Wonder Woman. After about an hour of peril using our block little hands were getting cold and little feet were tired and sore. So we started our journey home to drop my little Mad dog off while the Captain and grabbed some gloves and continued on. 

I saw so many amazing decorations, people dressed up to give out candy, and other parents like me in costume. I’m proud to say that I even got mistaken for a child and got candy too! I had a blast running from houses to house with my son chasing him as I’m a superhero intent on catching the mischievous mobster prolling the neighbourhood. Our neighbour went all out and decorated too and gave him quite the scare. She was dressed up as a bride covered in red paint and was holding a doll dressed the same way. When kids opened the door she put it out first and spooked whoever was standing there. 

When it was my Captain and I, (while his brother was standing and waiting with Daddy) approached the door he was saying something’s going to happen as he eyed up the decor warily. And he wasn’t disappointed when she came out that door he flew off those steps backwards and landed in the yard! 

We sure had a good belly laugh about that and when we were around the corner we could still hear her scaring kids and everyone laughing! I was awestruck by how much fun people were having and it reminded me back in the day when I would be out with my sister and our friends. Those nights were cold, fun, and sometimes uncomfortable in our plastic costumes overtop of our snowsuits. That’s how Canadians trick or treat, buy your costume big enough to fit overtop of your parka! Sometimes we would be up to our knees in snow and we’d be stomping around the neighbourhood in search of candy. 

We ended our night with a pillowcase full of treats and went to our friends Halloween party. As always she’s an amazing hostess and had a delectable assortment of food and hot tea to warm up our bones. We talked, made new friends, and enjoyed seeing the kids playing games and cuddling the cats. We came home with full bellies, warm hearts, and so much thankfulness and appreciation for our Halloween of happiness. ???

I’m so happy to be part of the TOTT linkup hosted by Lizzi and her amazing Thankful tribe. My favourite place to be every weekend.?  I did write this on Halloween night but didn’t publish till now.

Jeanine Lebsack

Writer, research assistant, podcaster, reiki healer, and a passionate advocate for neurodiversity. On my writing journey I’ve discovered a plethora of passions including writing, researching, entertaining through song and dance, with a desire to explore and create something transformational and healing. I believe in the sacred art of storytelling and that there’s power in the written and spoken word. Join me on my journey using the magic of words, music, and heart song. I believe we create ripples of energy that flow throughout the universe and by sharing our stories it creates change, positivity, and healing. Have a listen to my podcast on Spotify and Anchor at House of a Writer.

20 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful-Halloween happiness

  • 2 November 2015 at 9:22 am
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    Well, that did sound like a whole load of fun for sure!
    Here in the UK we are starting to catch up the (as ever) the USA love for Halloween so there was plenty of dressing up and walking from house to house to trick or treat (not for me obviously, that would be weird)
    Your costumes all loo great but a coat? Really Wonder Woman!!

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    • 2 November 2015 at 2:37 pm
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      It was tons of fun, I’ve read that in the UK that costumes are scary and traditional (ghosts, witches, devils, etc) not a lot of little Frozen movie characters. My husband said the same thing you can’t be Wonder Woman with a coat on! It was cold that night, so I didn’t want to turn into a Popsicle as my cape was flying in the breeze. ?

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        • 2 November 2015 at 2:46 pm
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          It’s true now if I was the flash I could jet from house to house in my thin spandex attire, and not feel the cold. Instead I had to “Canadianize” my costume with long underwear. Popsicle woman doesn’t sound like that much of a superhero. ?

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  • 2 November 2015 at 11:16 am
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    I was a candy giver this year but still had fun. I’m glad that Halloween has now become accepted in the UK because the kids have so much fun on the day. Glad to see that you and your kids enjoyed the night as well. Happy Belated Halloween!

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    • 2 November 2015 at 2:43 pm
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      We still dress up in costume even if we’re the candy givers. I’ve read that in the UK are more traditional and scary versus a Disney Frozen character. We saw so many great costumes including parents that dressed up. That’s always my favourite part to see them joining in the fun. ???

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  • 2 November 2015 at 11:57 am
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    While I never enjoyed Halloween that much, I always appreciated the people who seemed to get right into the spirit of it. Some homeowners really have a flare when it comes to decorating their yards.

    My youngest was a dinosaur for about 4 years because the costume was made of fake fur and so cozy he could get by with just a sweatshirt under it.

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    • 2 November 2015 at 2:17 pm
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      My husband is that homeowner that lives to decorate for Halloween. I will include some pictures of our yard when I update this post. WordPress was finicky last night and wouldn’t let me upload them. In Canada we buy our costumes large enough to fit over our snow suits. ?

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  • 2 November 2015 at 3:53 pm
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    ? Sounds like a great Halloween for the Lebsacks!! ?

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  • 3 November 2015 at 9:19 pm
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    Sounds like you had a very fun evening!

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    • 3 November 2015 at 10:51 pm
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      It was a blast Kristi, I didn’t want it to end. ?

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  • 4 November 2015 at 6:44 am
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    I could just picture you running from house to house. What a fun evening with your children, and then to receive candy like you were one of the trick or treaters. πŸ™‚

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    • 4 November 2015 at 6:16 pm
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      It was some great exercise to trick or treat that way. I’m short and dressed up as Wonder Woman so getting candy was a bonus. ??

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  • 5 November 2015 at 4:01 am
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    Oh that sounds like a great Halloween. And I agree it’s also a good way to meet the neighbors and have a short chat with them.

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    • 5 November 2015 at 5:57 am
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      It was so much fun, and considering everyone works in my neighbourhood I never see anyone home during the day time. So it was nice to see so many friendly people. ?

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  • 8 November 2015 at 5:08 pm
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    Halloween in Canada. Hit and miss as far as temperature goes.
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    Candy makes it worth it.

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    • 8 November 2015 at 5:26 pm
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      So true, that’s why costumes need to be designed to fit over snowsuits like did when I was a kid. Candy makes everything you can endure in one night worth it. ?

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