My beautiful girl ...
...who just happened to love everything about Halloween, especially the trick or treating.
(Ironic because she won't eat the candy. She loved smelling it though. At one point last night she was sitting on the floor with her head in her candy bag just absorbing the smells of the chocolate.)
If you ever wanted to meet the Scrooge of Halloween all you would need to do is say hi to me.
I'm not a fan of the holiday.
It's cute ... until it's not.
Here's an example.
We went trick-or-treating with my sister-in-law and her three kids.
Her youngest is a girl, just a few weeks younger than Emily.
We were in my sister-in-law's neighborhood and someone there does a haunted garage every year.
It's quite the attraction, and at times there is a line to get in.
My nephews wanted to go and so Amber (my sis-in-law) took her boys while Jason and I stayed outside with the girls.
My niece was already nervous about her mom not being there, and she was crying a little bit because it was dark, there was loud spooky music, and in front of the home with the haunted garage there were people dressed as creepy cats ... or something.
There were about seven or eight of them and they slinked around, doing a pretty great job of creating a feeling of unease, even for me.
We were at least one house away from them and they started towards us. My niece cried and clung to me saying, "they're coming closer Noelle...I don't like them at all."
When they got to us my niece was terrorized.
I got mad and said to the cats," Seriously? Why do you think we're this far back from that house? Can you not see what you're doing to this little girl? Get the heck out of here."
I turned my niece away from them and said again for good measure, "GET OUT OF HERE!"
They slinked away and we walked further down the street to wait for Amber and her boys.
Emily didn't seem to be bothered by them, thankfully, but it took my sweet little niece several minutes to calm down.
One of these days I'm going to start a petition to ban the celebration of Halloween by anyone over the age of 12.