"This is the BEST Halloween EVER!"
This is what my darling daughter shouted after every single house while trick-or-treating. The same child who was completely mute last year and refused to say "trick-or-treat" and "thank you," making me feel like the worst parent ever.
(I wouldn't let Peanut go trick-or-treating until she could actually say thank you because it felt wrong to me. If she's asking for candy, she needs to be appreciative. So last year was the first year and she was a bit overwhelmed.)
That was not the case this year. Peanut said "trick-or-treat" and "thank you" at each house and even started adding a "happy Halloween" on her own. She ran from house to house with the reckless abandon that made me yell "SLOW DOWN" all the while enjoying her excitement. And every time she yelled "This is the BEST Halloween EVER!" I thought this is what makes all the headaches and sleepless nights of parenthood worth it.
We did have one almost near disaster thanks to a not-so-small-child appropriate candy hander outer (yes, I think I just made that up.) A guy dressed as a zombie was slumped motionless in a chair next to a sign that read, "Help yourself." It was difficult to tell if it was a dummy or a real person so Peanut, my nephew and the husband walked up very slowly examining him. By the time they got to the front porch, a small crowd had gathered behind them. The man sprung into action, scaring the bejeesus out of Peanut who was pushing small children out of her way to get away. My sister even tried to scoop her up but Peanut juked past her screaming, "Momma, Momma, Momma!" I feared she would be scarred for life but she recovered.
Connie Schultz, former Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Sen. Sherrod Brown's wife, "liked" it. It pretty much made my day.
After all was said and done, I raided Peanut's bag for her Almond Joy's because what kid wants coconut and almonds? I was doing her a favor.
Fess up. What candy do you steal from your kid?