Here I sit, on the eve of Halloween, thinking about how different this year’s festivities are. Not only are celebrations different, but the entire vibe is not what it normally is. I decorated, as usual. The house is full of pumpkins, skulls, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, but even with all of that – it just isn’t the same. Me and my husband are currently sitting here watching Jamie Lee Curtis play her role as Laurie Strode in the must watch movie of the Halloween season – HALLOWEEN, but I still don’t feel completely “in the season.” Even with a Halloween movie marathon. My daughter went out with her friends to the newest fad of 2020, drive through carwash scare-fest and we plan to make homemade costumes tomorrow and have a family “party.” She’s sent me pictures, and it seems pretty cool. It is a safer option than going to a haunted house. You stay in your car. The monsters scare you from the outside of your car at a safe distance, and you drive through the carwash for more scares and you get a carwash. Now, when I say family, I mean: me, dad, daughter, son. As much as I would love to have my nephew and little cousins come over and make all sorts of noise, eat all kinds of goodies, and send them home with bags full of candy, I cannot. Like other states in the country, our state is seeing a rise in Covid cases, and where our city was seeing a decline, we are now seeing more cases on a daily basis.
Normally this time of year, we have planned and bought costumes. We’ve visited the pumpkin patch, we’ve had Halloween class parties and family get togethers, but this year Halloween looks different. This month started out with a hurricane, my husband was injured during the storm at work, and 2020 has not let up one bit. Regardless of the hurdles we’ve had to jump and overcome, we are still standing. If you’ve had to adjust your yearly Halloween plans, that is ok. We still painted pumpkins, we are having our family day tomorrow and we are going to carve a pumpkin for our trick or treaters who decide that Halloween will look the same for them this year no matter what. We have candy placed by the door on our entry table, near the Lysol, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes. While things may not be 100%, we have made some adjustments and we will still have a lot of fun. We’ll even go mingle with the neighbors if they decide to sit outside and pass out candy like a “normal Halloween.”
I was given a list of appetizers to make and I will go forth to the kitchen and cook. I was told I had to make my famous nachos, meatballs, and my sweet and spicy little sausages. I am going to take down my triple slow cooker, throw everything together and keep it warm while we play games and watch scary movies. I love that my children have acquired my love of horror films and I can enjoy it with them. No one is scared and screaming, but laughing and questioning the choices the characters make the are so absurd sometimes. It is a guilty pleasure we can all share. So whatever your Halloween looks like this year, make it memorable, make it fun, and by all means; do not allow 2020 to steal anymore of your joy. We all deserve a little sunshine after our cloudy year. 💋💋
Happy Halloween ! 🎃🎃🎃