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Ten Things of Thankful-Halloween happiness

on 2 November 2015

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.

20 Responses to “Ten Things of Thankful-Halloween happiness”

  1. 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!!

    • jsackmom says:

      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. ?

  2. 80smetalman says:

    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!

    • jsackmom says:

      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. ???

  3. Vanessa D. says:

    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.

    • jsackmom says:

      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. ?

  4. Colleen says:

    ? Sounds like a great Halloween for the Lebsacks!! ?

  5. Kristi says:

    Sounds like you had a very fun evening!

  6. Pat B says:

    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. 🙂

  7. amommasview says:

    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.

  8. herheadache says:

    Halloween in Canada. Hit and miss as far as temperature goes.
    Candy makes it worth it.

    • jsackmom says:

      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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