The last two weeks have been insanely filled with Halloween.
From my son, "Mom, will we have enough treats for Halloween?"
From the students, "Mrs. Bird, are you coming to the Halloween Carnival?"
From everyone else, "What are you doing for Halloween?"
All the while my insides are cringing while the outside sweetly says, "Yes, we'll have enough treats," "No, I won't be at the Halloween Carnival," "We are just having a nice quiet evening at home on Halloween." Well, maybe not quiet. We are having our annual Bird Family Halloween Party.
They don't call me the Halloween Scrooge for nothin'.
Several years ago I was fed up with messing around with costumes, answering the door every two minutes and buying too much candy or not enough, so I approached the family with, "How about instead of trick or treating, we have a party! We can eat pizza and have a treasure hunt and play games, and you can go to the store and pick out whatever you want for under $5! Doesn't that sound fun?!"
This was the response. "Yeah, that sounds fun!"
"Does this mean we won't be going trick or treating?"
"Yes, it does."
Looks of consternation. "Does this mean we don't get any candy?"
Bright, hopeful eyes look up at me. "We can pick out whatever we want at the store?"
"Yes, if it's under $5."
"Okay," they all say.
And thus began the first annual Bird Family Halloween Party. Since then all the kids, their friends and teachers tell me how much they like the family party and look forward to it every year.
Relief floods over me as we approach the sixth annual BFHP. No costumes, no trick or treaters, no hassle, just some relaxing family time.