Halloween Stresses Me Out

It’s that time of year, and I have once again procrastinated on Halloween costumes.   For me, for my daughter (at least part of hers is done) and I haven’t even begun to think about what my little guy will be.  Halloween always stresses me out.

I’ve never really been a fan of dressing up – chalk it up to being self-conscious, frugal, or a combination of both.  I think I’ve passed that along to my kids now – not that they know it.  Mostly the frugal/cheap side of me.  Half the time, one of my kids thinks they want to wear a certain costume but when it comes down to it, they change their mind.  Also here in Southern California, the weather is famously unpredictable in October.  So you may be in trouble if you buy a bulky, warm costume for your child and then there’s a heat wave.  For the rest of the country, the weather is just as uncertain – I feel like it was always cold and raining on Halloween growing up.

And you might have to help steer your child in the right direction in the dressing up department…if it’s too scary or you have a feeling they may not want to wear it when it comes down to it.  When they’re older, it can easily get inappropriate so there’s that too.  There’s a lot more than meets the eye to just picking out a costume, it seems.

Then there’s the candy you need to buy for the trick-or-treaters coming to your house.  Sometimes you buy a ton of candy and no one shows up.  But the times you don’t have enough, ironically, it’s a record year for trick or treating in your neighborhood!  Everything is a crap-shoot for this holiday, it seems!

The kids stay up later than usual, they taste some candy, and inevitably the next day is a bit of a downer.  The excitement is over and you have cranky, tired kids on your hands.  I’m thankful this year Halloween is on a Friday so I’ll have help the next day.  I have a feeling the teachers of the country are grateful for this fact too.

The other thing is all this prep goes into just a couple of hours – it’s too much.  The kids rarely wear their costumes again – I refuse to spend much money on it for that very reason.  I’m just frugal about certain things though – my husband and I chose to have a very small, inexpensive wedding with a simple dinner afterwards in order to use the money on other things.  That’s just us.  Everyone values things differently – I know many people do budget vacations and we are more likely to splurge on travel or experiences than actual material items.  But I digress.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t spoil the holiday for my kids – if they’re excited, I’m certainly excited for and with them.  I can totally get into the spirit…I just maybe feel it’s a little overrated is all.  This year we have some low-key plans with friends and I’m certain it will be a really fun evening.  Family, fun, friends and food – mixed in with a little spook – how can I not be on board with that?


 {photo courtesy of my daughter}




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