Being a parent on Halloween is a drag

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, but now that I’m a mom I kind of sort of hate it.

Growing up, Halloween was awesome because my birthday is two days before and there was an extra sense of celebration in the air. It was always about the kids. Candy, costume, friends, shaving cream pies to the face, and maybe an egg or two would get tossed.

Now that I’m a mom, I think adulthood or maybe it’s just “momhood,” has changed me. Halloween is a burden. I have no time or energy to decorate the house or even think of a clever costume for my daughter. I eat candy I don’t want to eat, I have to constantly shut my dogs up when someone rings the doorbell, and I kind of wish that I was the one out trick or treating.

My daughter was only 12 days old on her first Halloween so I was able to use that as an excuse for not answering the door. I put out a bowl of candy at the front door for trick or treaters and a sign up that read: “Please do not ring doorbell, newborn sleeping.”

Worked like a charm.

This will be Anna’s third Halloween and I’ve decided to hightail it out of the house on Halloween and visit a local zoo that went all out on Halloween decorations. She doesn’t eat candy so she doesn’t need to go trick or treating yet, but she’ll get to experience the holiday nonetheless.

Am I being a Halloween scrooge? Maybe but I might as well enjoy this while I can before Anna wants me to take her trick or treating. I may throw on a costume and trick or treat with her!

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