Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween - When Scary is Fun

Author: Jose G. Barr

Halloween has been one of my favorite holidays since I can remember. Growing up, my Dad would ask me what I wanted to be and we would make my costume.  I can still remember my favorite one of all, the robot.  He and I spent a few weeks working on it to get it just right.  Today, that costume means so very much to me because of the time and memories that my Dad and I spent together brainstorming ideas and then making the costume. Even though my Dad has been gone for over 20 years, these and many other memories keep him alive all year long in my mind and heart.  AS a father I want to give my little boy these same memories, of the two of us working together, doing something fun, that will live on in him long after the good Lord has called me home.
Rice crispy treat dipped in chocolate, finished
with a yellow chocolate drizzle

Wrapped and ready for his classmates
One of the activities that Joseph loves is pumpkin carving. We've got two pumpkins sitting in our patio, one is decorated as a mummy (with white gauze wrapped around it) and the other counting down to them moment when it meets its fate at the hands of the carver. Joseph wanted to make a special treat for his classmates, so we made some rice crispy treats for them to enjoy before Halloween.  Each treat was dipped in dark chocolate and them finished with a yellow chocolate drizzle.  The best part about these treats was the fun that we all had making them. Family moments like these are what make this holiday so special for us. Spending time together as a family is worth more than you could ever imagine.

This year we will be taking Joseph out to Redlands, Ca. Where Cajon and Olive Streets are closed for several blocks in each direction by the city and transformed into a trick-or-treaters paradise. Last year the police estimated that over 14,000 people came out for the fun. The residents of these two streets go all out decorating their homes and passing out candy to the kids. Along with the treats, the local churches sponsor bands, face painting and other fun activities for the kids to enjoy.

When the nights is finished we will bid farewell until next year to the ghosts and ghoulies that have graced our yards. The end of the holiday is always a bittersweet time because the time has passed and will not be back for another year, yet there is more fun just a few weeks away.

Until next time my friends, love your kids,
Cherish your family.

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