I never used to love Halloween until I became a mom. I look forward all year to heading to the store to help the kids decide on the perfect costume and the ever important matching accessories.
We then head over to the candy aisle to pick up plenty of treats to hand out to the ghosts and goblins that will ring our doorbell. And I always look forward to our afternoons of pumpkin carving on our lawn to see who can make the best pumpkin design.
I have even decided that I actually enjoy trick or treating with my kids – even more than I did when I was young. Some of my favorite pictures of my children over the years are the ones that we have taken of them dressed as a princess or race car driver in front of our fireplace just before they head out to collect candy. And one of my most enjoyable parts of the year is walking with my neighbors as our kids run ahead so we won’t notice they’re eating all of the candy.
But I have to admit that no matter how much I enjoy the festivities of the day, my favorite part is when the kids fall asleep. Each year, I carefully sneak into their bedrooms and quietly pick out my favorite candy from their plastic pumpkins. And using a trick I learned from my kids, I hide the wrappers in the trash can so they are none the wiser.
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