Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Idaho Halloween

When we lived in Arizona, Halloween was the time of year when people finally started getting back outside and seeing their neighbors again.  By October 31st, the weather was starting to get more bearable and everyone was outside on Halloween night talking, laughing, etc.

In Southeast Idaho Halloween is a little different, some years it is so bitterly cold that you can hardly stand to take the kids out for 5 minutes (I'm reminded of the Jr. Spud's first Halloween, his cheeks were bright red but Spudette had to get some trick or treating in - I think it actually lasted less then  minutes that time).  We usually try to do most of the trick or treating before the sun goes down.  The kids generally wear a coat over their costumes so you have to guess at what their costume is from their legs.  This year, Halloween wasn't so bad, it was a bit windy and after the sun dipped below the horizon, it got a bit nippy. spudlets were happy to run around the neighborhood filling their pumpkin buckets sans coats and there were lots of people out, talking, laughing and having fun.  Don't get me wrong, it was not warm!  I had on a sweatshirt and a wool coat, but hanging with the kids, talking to the neighbors, handing out treats and getting our hands on some awesome hand-pressed, fresh apple cider, and still getting the kiddos to bed on time made for a fun, memorable and - yes, I admit it - great Idaho Halloween.