01 November 2011

Where did you go, Halloween?

Halloween 2011
Halloween was stolen from us this year.  To be truthful, I feel like it is stolen every year, but this year feels like a complete loss.

We live in an area where the local government decides the day and time trick-or-treating will take place.  For nearly twenty years our town has trick-or-treated on the Sunday before Halloween, no exceptions.  If Halloween falls on a Saturday, trick-or-treating is still the Sunday prior.  Due to our religious beliefs we do not participate in recreational activities on Sundays, which we hold sacred as the Sabbath.  For the last few years we have trick-or-treated with some friends whose town observes Halloween on the 31st of October.

This year our mayor and police chief spiced things up by moving trick-or-treating to Halloween.  The actual day, the 31st!  My kids have been so excited to go house to house in their own neighborhood and to interact with their friends.  And then it snowed.

It didn't just snow.  It snowed A LOT!  In one storm we got seven times the amount of snow that had been the October snowfall record.  We lost power for a little while and many of our friends are still waiting for power to be restored.  Despite the fact that the storm was 48 hours before Halloween night, we are still dealing with the consequences.  One of those consequences was trick-or-treating being postponed.....until next Sunday.  Not only that, but our friends' town also postponed until next Sunday.

So there will be no trick-or-treating this year.  There were no school parties since school was cancelled.  The kids did get dressed up, but it was in snow clothes instead of costumes.  It just doesn't feel like November without having had Halloween.


Popcorn House said...

This makes me so sad! Last year our kids were so sad that Halloween was on Sunday so they didn't get to go, but to have that be EVERY year is so, so sad. I am super proud of you guys for keeping the sabbath day holy, you all will be blessed!!!

Queen Scarlett said...

I shouldn't tell you how warm it was here. The kids are cute in their snow gear!

dalene said...

I'm sorry. That really stinks.

Heather said...

That really stinks! Like Suzanne said, I am proud of you for sticking to your beliefs! I hope you hadn't put a lot of work into costumes that didn't get worn!

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