Jennifer Lyon

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
Halloween: Love It, Like It or Don’t Care?

Wow, I am exhausted. I hit a hard wall Tuesday afternoon, and it’s been a while since I felt like this. We’ve had a lot going on, but today things will calm (famous last words, LOL!)

Today I want to talk about Halloween. Do you like it? Hate it? Or just don’t care?

Maggie, our dog, LOVES Halloween. So when we got her in October four years ago as a foster dog, Maggie was submissive, unsure and skittish. She trusted me almost from the start, but was unsure of most others. Then Halloween night when kids starting coming to the door, Maggie lit up. It was the first time we’d seen her radiating that pure, sweet doggy joy. She was so excited, she’d deer hop to the door with us, wag her tails and greet the kids. Then she’d look at us with wonder in her eyes, like wow, they came to see me! She literally wore herself out running back and forth with either myself or Wizard. So Maggie definitely loves Halloween.

Wizard and I both love Halloween too. We enjoyed it as kids going trick or treating, as young parents taking out kids out while making sure someone was home to hand out candy to all the neighborhood kids, and going to adult parties. Once our kids grew up, we still love giving out candy. All three of our kids love doing it too.

For us, Halloween has a little magic in it.

How about you?

5 comments to “Halloween: Love It, Like It or Don’t Care?”

  1. Silver James
    October 13th, 2021 at 8:07 am · Link

    I like Halloween for the most. Growing up, Only thought Halloween was all about her since she was born the day before. We loved decorating inside and out about as much as we did for Christmas. And I made her some awesome costumes–Snoopy, firefighter bunker gear, Little Mermaid, and more. There were always kids in the various neighborhoods where we lived so we handed out lots of candy. The doggos weren’t as thrilled but they put up with it so long as we got to the door before the doorbell rang.

    Now? Sadly, I’m a Halloween Scrooge. We’ve left our lights out. Why? People started stealing and/or vandalizing the decorations. And kids came in from across town carrying pillowcases for the treats. Some of those kids were high school age and three years ago, two of them in a large group came to the door armed. They started mouthing off to LG and showing the pistols stuck in their low-rider jeans. Tthat’s when I walked up behind him and racked my shotgun. They knew that sound and took off running. We called the police to report them because most of the folks in this area are older. The next year was the pandemic and we still got people ringing the doorbell, even with no porchlights. We just don’t answer the door and they eventually go away.

    It makes me really sad because it used to be such a fun holiday. Luckily, the kids live in a “younger” neighborhood and Stormy gets to go out and they get cute kids at their door for treats. I hate to be a downer but it is what it is.

    Also, we woke up to tornado today. Fun times. Not! 🤣 Not enough coffee in the world today and I foresee a nap come afternoon.

    Happy Hump Day, witches! 🥰

  2. Viki S.
    October 13th, 2021 at 2:57 pm · Link

    I used to love Halloween but since we don’t get any kids and the boys are now men, it’s become another day. Maybe if Covid hadn’t ruined everything we could have gone trick or treating with Harrison and I would love that, but you’ve heard about his parents ;).

    Maggie loving Halloween is wonderful. Most pets are frightened by all the kids and the noise. So happy Maggie enjoys herself and makes the night even more fun for you and Wizard.

    Wow! Silver’s experience a couple years ago is just awful. We really need to discipline people. The has to be accountability for ones actions. Sure hope all is calm this year.

    Have a great afternoon!

  3. Jenn
    October 13th, 2021 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Silver, I don’t blame you for being a Halloween Scrooge. I’m sorry that happened. I’m also sorry that some kids ruin it for others. Teenagers going out on Halloween night have never bothered me. The ones I know are just trying to hang onto that little bit of their childhood, and the ones that have come to our door haven’t been a problem. But your experience is both infuriating, and it could have turned into something much worse.

    I also saw your early morning wake up call on FB–so glad you guys were safe!

  4. Jenn
    October 13th, 2021 at 4:31 pm · Link

    Viki, it has to be hard to feel distanced from Harrison because of Halloween. For us with Turbo, it’s just hard to drive out there due to traffic. Turbo will have fun with his cousins though, so I don’t worry about it.

    Maggie believes all the kids are coming to see her. I’m pretty sure she recognizes a lot of the neighbor kid voices too and that might be why she’s comfortable.

    Hope your week is going well!

  5. B.E. Sanderson
    October 13th, 2021 at 5:56 pm · Link

    When I was a kid, I loved Halloween. When I had Owl at home, I loved Halloween. When we lived in a place where there were kids around, I loved it, too. Now? Here? It’s just another day. Especially since I cut back on the candy intake years ago. =o\

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