Saturday, October 24, 2009


Halloween is my favourite non-holiday of the year!

Yours truly (Halloween 2007)

When I was a kid, Halloween was one of the most exciting days of the year for me. My brothers, cousins, friends and I would go house to house in our costumes and see how much candy we could haul in. We lived in the suburbs just outside Montreal, and the neighbourhood we lived in always had the best (and the most) candy (at least that's what we thought when we were kids!). Sometimes we'd have to stop off at home to empty out our pillow cases (pillow cases are stronger than plastic bags or those cute (yet cheap) plastic jack 'o lantern/pumpkin shaped buckets we used to lug around. The handle would always break after the twelfth house or so. We got smart and started bringing pillow cases instead!

It was a sad year when I finally felt I was too old to go trick or treating. At least I had a baby brother who was (and still is!) eleven years younger than me! I figured that if I took him out trick or treating, at least he'd share some of his loot with me!

When I was teaching in Japan and in Toronto, I would dress up and go all out for my students every Halloween. The students and I would decorate the classroom. They'd learn about the history of Halloween. We'd have costume contests and a big party. Since all of our students were ESL students and from countries that didn't celebrate Halloween, it was so very new to them. They had a blast!

Even after I got married, Halloween was still a big thing to me.

Hubby and C. Halloween 2007
Hubby and I would dress up in costume, put on some spooky sound effects and music, decorate the house...and we always did a haunted house motif. My first year on the Island, I bought enough candy and little gift bags for 300 kids. We only had 10 trick or treaters! I didn't realize that in the country, there were so much fewer children around. I suppose if we lived in one of the other townships where there were houses closer to each other, we'd get more trick or treaters. We live in the countryside where our neighbours are stretches and stretches apart.

This being Little One's first Halloween, I was thinking about what kind of family traditions we can start for her. I know she will not remember this Halloween because she's still a baby. I know she can't even go trick or treating because she can't even eat candy!

I was at my friend's house on Friday and while Little One and her son were having a play date, we were catching up and enjoying some conversation that did not involve "Say Mama!" or "Time to eat! Open up! Yummmmm!". My friend invited us to partake in their Halloween tradition with them. In the past few years, they have stopped giving out candy because they don't really get any trick or treaters in their area. Along with some other friends of ours, they just take their kids trick or treating in "town" and then they all go to the Halloween party at the community center/hall.

Now that we've got a little one, I think it is so important for us to do things as a family and create lasting memories for our little girl. Yes, she'll only be a few weeks short of a year old (or 9 months corrected), but I'm so excited about her first Halloween! This time last year, I was on strict hospital bed rest and couldn't even see the doctors' kids and some of the other moms' kids all decked out in costume at Mt. Sinai.Just testing out Little One's first Halloween costume. She's such a cute little ladybug!


caninecologne said...

hi c!
cute lady bug costume!!!! such a lovely smile on her as well! it's nice to see such a happy child! : )

so, are you dressing up for halloween this year?

tc will be Katara from Avatar the Last Airbender. this is the costume i had custom made for the comic con this july. no princess crap for her thank goodness.

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Uncivil said...

Oh my gosh. You need to take a video of your lovely little Ladybug and put some Tom Jones music to it!!!!
She's a Lady!!!!

"Well she's all you'd ever want
She's the kind they'd like to flaunt and take to dinner
Well she always knows her place
She's got style, she's got grace, she's a winner.

She's a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, she's a Lady
Talkin' about that little Lady, and the Lady is mine."

C said...

Yeah, I am trying to avoid the whole princess thing for Little One. I boycotted the colour pink, but everyone gave me tons of pink stuff when they found out I had a girl. Almost all of her clothes are pink!!! Gahhhhh! She DOES look cute in pink though, so I guess that's okay :)

WOW! Coooooool costume for TC! She's one lucky girl! Custom made costume! Awesome!!!

C said...

Oh, man! Now you got that song stuck in my head!!! :)

J at said...

Oh, she's the cutest little bug around!

We don't get trick or treaters, either. There are four or five babies in our condo complex, but they're just a few months older than Little One. I hope some of them are still around next year (most of them are renters), so we will finally have someone to give candy to! I have fond memories of Maya when she was 2 or 3, running from door to door, SO excited. She didn't really know much about candy, but she was excited by the whole process of it all. :)

Caninecologne, I think my daughter would LOVE that costume! She's a huge fan of that show, can't wait for the movie next year.

Jimmy, too cute. She is a Lady (bug). :)

caninecologne said...

hi c - your friend uncivil is so funny! tom jones! my mom LOOOVES him. she went to his concert a few years ago (bday present from my bro). for some reason, she got made when i asked her if she threw her panties on stage!!!! dude, they are the same age!!!!

J - that's so cool that another girl loves Avatar. my daughter (she's 9) finds that there are hardly any of her friends (except boys) who like the show. i like the fact that katara is independent, strong willed, and is equipped with the awesome power of waterbending. not like some dumbass princess that passively waits for prince to save her or marry her or whatever. okay, i'll get off my soapbox now.

c - a lot of people used to give tc a bunch of purple (actually it ended up being lavender) clothes when she was a baby. now she's kinda tired of purple.

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caninecologne said...


got 'mad' not 'made'


louann said...

C, that just has to be the cutest, most adorable lady bug I have ever seen. The cutest C!!!!!

C said...

Does Maya still go trick or treating? My nieces on Hubby's side are 11 and 13 yrs old and both of them still go trick or treating. They still love it!

C said...

Yes, Uncivil is hilarious. His comments always crack me up! I had that Tom Jones song in my head all night though! LOL!

LOL! You asked your mom if she threw her panties on stage! Too funny! My mom would probably have laughed...after giving me a weird look! :)

"Darrrrrr" LOL! You are too funny!

C said...

I have been meaning to drop you a note! Your little guy is growing up so fast too! How are you and your four men? :)

humpsNbump said...

First I was going to comment about the awesome costumes that you and hubby had in 2008. I am impressed. You need to do a little online tutorial.

Then I was going to comment about your statement: "Yes, she'll only be a few weeks short of a year old (or 9 months corrected)" What! Is her birthday coming up already. When did this happen. I can't believe that she is almost 1 now.

But when I saw that adorable costume that Little One is wearing, that took the cake. How adorable. I love the padded butt. Too cute. You have to share more pictures after next weekend.

Love ya,

Deb said...

she is such an adorable little ladybug!!!!!!! i love it! I'm diggin on the face paint from 07...nice. lol.

halloween is so super fun! it's good times for all ages. once you get to the age of not being able to go trick or treat, you get to enjoy handing out to trick or treaters, which is so fun as well!

decorating the house is uber fun! sparky and i are trying to make a spooky cemetery in our front yard and we're having a halloween bash out our house too! you're totally invited! lol. i'd even let you bring the lay bug. :)

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