Tricks and Treats

The boys have been looking forward to Halloween for months. They have a fascination regarding vampires and ghouls and other such things that I do not understand. When we first moved back to our house Isaac developed elaborate plans for turning the shed into a haunted house and they made spiders to hang from the fan. In spite of the anticipation, we did not plan ahead a great deal for costumes. Jack decided pretty early on that he would be a spider. Gabriel came across a fireman’s hat at the thrift store and decided he would be a fireman. Sebastian also discovered his Jack-O-Lantern costume at the thrift store. Stephen wanted to be a vampire, but I am opposed to dressing up as monsters, so we compromised and he was a vampire bat. Isaac found a Flash costume to his liking at a near-by consignment store, so we were all set.

We visited the library for a home school class a few weeks ago and I noticed a flyer for a costume party featuring a magician. I have three aspiring magicians who have two younger brothers who copy their tricks, so we put it on the calendar. It was a highlight of the night for me. It was so much fun and all five sat at full attention, watching to discover the magician’s tricks. They analyzed his performance on the way home.

“I noticed he used diversion a lot, like when he pretended to drop the ball and when he pointed to the back to ask if someone had a question.”

“I think the boy who helped him must have been a secret assistant.”

Gran and Pap were waiting for us when we got home. The boys ate a small sandwich with the hope of putting something besides pure sugar into their bellies this evening, and then we headed out to gather candy. During our three years in Minnesota we grew used to cold Halloween nights and I learned to plan costumes accordingly. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately so would say, Alabama weather is a bit warmer–like close to 70 degrees. As a result, my fleece headed spider, bat, and pumpkin as well as my fireman and Flash kept remarking as we walked, “It’s supposed to be cold on Halloween.” and we were all rather hot and sweaty by the time we got home.  The sprinkling rain turned into bigger rain drops as we headed towards the house to examine the treasures that filled their bags.

Now begins the constant requests for eating their candy. Perhaps I should just let them eat it all at once. Then it would be over with…until the Christmas parade.IMG_6173SebastianIMG_6193



About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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