It’s October 31st already, and you know what the means: neighborhood rug rats ringing your doorbell and begging for treats. 4 years ago, we drank the Kool-Aid and became a candy dispensing household, but we do it our way: Mom comes over to actually answer the door and hand out candy (she loves the kids and costumes, so it’s a treat for her) while we keep the dogs calm, watch seasonal movies and enjoy adult beverages. We always watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” then alternate through a handful of favorites: Monsters, Inc., Fright Night, Lost Boys, Hocus Pocus, Witches of Eastwick, Practical Magic, The (1976) Paul Lynde Halloween Special, Young Frankenstein, Wizard of Oz, Shaun of the Dead, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Nightmare before Christmas, and the occasional classic monster flick involving Frankenstein, the Werewolf or Dracula. Sometimes, we opt for a Buffy marathon. I don’t enjoy horror flicks, so we always avoid those.
The only decorating we do is to put green lights in our outside lamps and a plastic light up Jack O’Lantern in the window. We also make the dogs wear their halloween costumes, which they’ve worn every year since being part of the family. Rita Mae wears her Wonder Dog outfit, Harvey, his Batdog outfit.
Harvey is usually at Rita’s side, but this year, he petered out early and collapsed into his puppy bed to get some rest and relaxation.
It may not be the most thrilling, boisterous or exciting of celebrations, but it’s become our tradition and works well for us.