Halloween has always been a special holiday for our family. I met my husband on a blind date on Halloween night (through our friend Heidi—Bless her FOREVER)! It’s a holiday that was created to scare away evil or stranded spirits and to give to the poor; the beggars who went from door to door. I hope Mike and I and our family can always be a force for good in this world and give generously to the ‘poor’. I hope we can be ‘poor in spirit’, as the scriptures say, and, like the little children seeking rewards dependent on the mercy of others on Halloween night, we can gain reward from the merciful Giver of the best gifts. In the mean time we celebrate the fun of Halloween together and with our community!
It was especially wonderful this year to enjoy ‘trunk or treat’ night at our church the week before Halloween! I’m always in awe of the fun, creativity, delicious pies, and chili, and especially family togetherness of the event.
We also went out on Halloween night to ‘trick or treat’ with friends of ours who had invited us. It was one of my favorite trick or treat experiences ever!! These friends of ours have done the same trick or treating route for more than 30 years! It’s an event for the whole family—the grown brother and aunts and uncles and grandma all there. The dad of the bunch shining the flashlight and warning everyone of dips or bumps in the road. These friends were in no rush for more and more candy but patiently and politely waited for each person in the group, even when I told them they didn’t have to wait for our tiny twins who danced at the doorsteps in glee (and took a while)!
The doors we visited were all happily greeting their ‘trick or treaters’, waiting on decorated porches with their own little tricks up their sleeves. Many of the homes held elderly people who kindly chuckled and verbally admired little costumes and handed out a small tootsie roll or starburst. I loved it! The kindness of people. The care of a community. Not a greedy get more and more fest, but a kindly sharing of good people who love their neighbors and little children and show it.
So overall it was another fantastic Halloween! Our 22nd spent together!! Wow. Spooky and Happy all at once, just like Halloween.
Enjoy this little video clip of some of our Halloween together-time this year. But viewers beware! Contains some scary content!—lol! Hoffman-style which is a better rating than G. A lot of fun. And happy Halloween to you – may you be ‘treated’ well!