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You Know You're A Mother When: The Halloween Dash

You Know You're A Mother When: The Halloween Dash

Holidays often mark evident transitions from being childless to having children. But Halloween is perhaps the sharpest contrast when it comes to "pre" versus "post" baby days. My husband and I used to get decked out in costumes and party on vampire time attending house or block parties. Tipping back cocktails and dancing was the adult form of trick-or-treating. Then, with parenthood arrived our obligation to do the mad dash with our darlings.

It's the carefully choreographed dance from work to scarf down dinner, outfit our tots, map a route to all our relatives houses and hit the streets to trick-or-treat. It's a shuffle that has hiccups no matter how much you plan. And, one that is worth wearing plain clothes and watching my children run up and down flights of stairs soliciting candy in their costumes and collecting memories.

What are your family's plans tonight?

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RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 8 years
We had a full day. Our school did Parenting Day, then we had a craft trade show that I have to go to every year to get Christmas gifts, then we had to go to the grocery store to trick or treat (God knows we spend enough money there, they deserve some candy from them) then to two different relative's homes, then to a carnival
BlairBear BlairBear 8 years
I'll be making Monster Mouths for dinner, putting up the final decorations in our yard (strobe lights, fog machine) and then we'll be putting constumes on and my husband and I'll will be taking turns giving out candy and taking the kids trick or treating.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
We'll probably take Milo just to a couple of the neighbors houses since he's too little for much else. I want him to see what it's all about. But I also want to open the door for other kiddos so I'm not sure how we should work that. Maybe we should just wait until next year to take should I do?? lol
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
this is so funny. i just had this conversation with my friend yesterday. i kindly replied no to a Halloween evite and was promptly called by my friend to yell at me for not going. i had to explain that i am an old married hag with child now and Halloween is about the children right? I too will be rushing home from work to do a quick round of trick or treating with the neighborhood kids...i do plan on splurging on some nice wine and pizza to relax with while we hand out the candy to other children while our daughter sleeps peacefully from a late night out!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
My Issyboo got sick so we cant go outside trick or treating! Its to cold out! But the at the mall all the stores give out candy and some even little toys. So we'll be heading over there!
Neural Neural 8 years
I already took my daughter to do indoor trick or treating at a nursing home a couple days ago so she'll just do about an hour of outdoor trick or treating tonight and then it's off to Grammy's for the weekend. I suppose in future years she'll be more insistent on longer trick or treating but she gets tired of walking around now anyway so it's cool.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
Im skipping out of work early, picking up sandwiches and hopefully making it to our town's parade at 6 pm.
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
skipping the family part. grandma & papa are coming over & we're going out T&T'ing. That's after the kids party that i'm hosting for 13 toddlers and their mothers!!! Today I get to clean the house and figure out an easy costume.
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