Frankenstorms trick....

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OK I'm going to say it...
I hate Halloween...
I know...I'm like a scrooge or....whatever Halloween's equivalent of scrooge is....
that's me.
I just don't get into it....
but I do usually attempt to fake it til' I make it.
Why?
Well... because my kids LOVE them some Halloween.
I mean love*it...like it's their job or something.
So I try.
Every year I half-heartedly pull out the decorations...
and I make jack-o-lantern grilled cheeses at least once in the days leading up to the 31st...
and I usually make some part of their costumes with them and...
at the last minute (as in the 29th or 30th)... I get just about as excited as I'm going to get about Halloween...and manage to muster my way through on that little burst of (the word excitement is overkill but I guess  faux-enthusiasm)  that finally hits me.
In other words I pull some sort of Halloween magic out of my....ok TMI...
anyway...I think of something to make the day special each year...
usually in the form of a treat. 
The kids are always extremely happy and I think I do a pretty good job of covering for my lack of love for this holiday. 
This year has been drastically different though.
This year in the days leading up to Halloween we were being threatened by Frankenstorm...a.k.a. hurricane Sandy....call it what you will...I call it  not fun.
All of the mojo I could muster for "the big day" was re-focused on getting us ready for this hit we were about to take.
The possibility of several days without power and a possible day off from school needed to take precedence over some crazy holiday that I don't love anyway.
In my mind I cancelled Halloween.
I instead washed every last stitch of clothing...
and bedding...
bought paper plates...
disposable cups....
more water....
more milk and bread...
changed batteries in flashlights...
and so and and so forth.
Anything to make life more convenient and comfortable should Frankenstorm really rear it's ugly head.
Halloween schmalloween. Fooey.
I simply wasn't going to drag out a bunch of decorations for us to trip over when the lights inevitably went out. 
Bah-Halloween-bug or whatever.
Enter Frankenstorm.
We are now on day 3 of no school and no phone or electric.
We have a generator which runs our bathroom lights...the fridge...hot-water heater/furnace...and a light and outlet in the kitchen which we have used to run our microwave and toaster oven...and of course to charge our laptops:)
Incovenient....absolutely.
Are we FINE and most importantly SAFE and WARM...Absolutely.
We have everything we NEED....and that is a blessing.
Are we bored?  Absolutely not.
The kids rooms are dark....
and although I do not love Halloween we certainly have more than our fair share of decorations for this holiday...
and so the kids have taken to "Haunting" their rooms.
They have strung orange and purple lights (which we cannot at this time light up) and enough fake cobwebbing to house a million and one tarantulas.
It has given them something to focus on during the hours of Frankenstorms haunting wrath filled winds...
and the haunting has filled the hours since with little people thinking of creative ways to use a house with no lights as their Halloween-playground.
We have mattresses in our livingroom and we've had family campouts while telling ghost stories....
and we've giggled....
and eaten way too many Kit Kats (hey we are in survival mode here!)
and we have toasted marshmallows over our jack-o-lanterns...
and we have played spooky music...
and they have changed costumes and rooms to create new haunted houses.
It has been all kinds of creepy and scary up in here...
but nowhere near as scary as it's going to be when the lights come back on and reveal the mess that is my house right now....
BUT for these couple of days that is ok....
because somewhere along the way...
somewhere in these last couple of days of inconvenience I have found myself feeling grateful for Halloween....
and traditions...even the ones that I sometimes force myself  to do because they mean so much to them....
and the lack of electronics....
and the pulling together of family...
and generators....
and even fallen trees that had the courtesy to not fall on our house but only to block our roads from all directions so that Daddy could have an extra un-planned day at home with us.

Frankenstorm started off as a scary Halloween trick but in the end it has reminded me to see the holiday through the eyes of the little people in my life.  It has reminded me that sometimes you've just gotta pop in your vampire teeth and come up with a lunch for 4 kids that is fun and does not involve the use of a stove. It has reminded me to be careful about what I wish for because Halloween is IN FACT cancelled...or at the very least postponed until further notice....and most importantly it has reminded me that everything I could ever need in life is right here under this (at the moment) very haunted roof...and that has been a most wonderful treat! 
So BOO to you and yours! I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween. Above all else BE SAFE and  (((HUG)))) your little monsters extra tightly today:)

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