Every family has their strengths and their struggles. In my little family, we have plenty of each. Yet, there is one thing we are unarguably good at: we rock at Halloween.
Despite our most recent bout of sleep deprivation, this year is no exception to our Halloween radness.
This past week our spare time has been occupied with last-minute touches to our costumes (last Saturday), attending a community Halloween party (last Saturday night), costume photo shoots (courtesy of my camera-zealous husband), hanging decorations at home, carving pumpkins, reporting on feminist Halloween events (my husband did this today) and organizing treats. All of this, and actual Halloween isn’t even here yet!
In honour of tomorrow’s day full of tricks and treats, both my husband and I decided to take the day off work. We are going to take in a daycare costume parade, do some trick or treating as a family and hand out candy to the other little munchkins out there 🙂
Let me take you through a Halloween 2014 photo journal of sorts…
A pumpkin carving session which includes using a drill. Yep, you read that correctly. I found a blog about making DIY festive pumpkin patterns with a drill. OH MAN. There is a little back story to this one: So, a few years back I got a drill as a Christmas present from my dad. It. Was. Love. At. First. Sight. If you give me any excuse to use my drill, I am on it. When I use my drill, I experience a nonsensical feeling of power. Naturally, when I saw this pumpkin carving idea I was stoked.
Finally, the feminist-inspired costume show to take back Halloween. This event is held tomorrow in Calgary at Hillhurst United Church, with the purpose of challenging the evolution of highly sexualized women’s and girl’s Halloween costumes. Check out the Global News story on these thought-provoking costumes. (My personal favourite is ‘Super Mom.’)
Why am I writing about Halloween a day early? Because this is my last night to write about whatever the heck I want!!! It’s been a great month of allowing myself to follow whichever whim I happen to have. It’s been a great month of ignoring the ‘shoulds’ for a while. It’s been a great month of prioritizing self-care.