The day we've all been waiting for is finally here, and I'm torn between excitement and disappointment it will soon be over for another year (although in many ways it's Halloween around here all year!)
The front porch is decorated with pumpkins galore, we have fourteen bags of candy at the ready and there's a gallon of spiced apple cider in the crockpot. This afternoon I'll make a large kettle of soup for a quick and easy supper, and the kids will start arriving around 6. John and I will take turns sitting on the front porch handing out candy (it's a bit too cold for one person to stay out there all evening!), and Cadie and Cosmo will bark their heads off non-stop. Cosmo can be unpredictable and more than a little protective, so for safety and sanity's sake, we'll keep them behind a baby gate during the festivities.
When Courtney was little, I looked forward to sewing her costume and making the trick-or-treat rounds in our neighborhood. Now I look forward to seeing everyone else's kids all dressed up. Last year's favorites included a little girl dressed like her grandmother, and a toddler in a ladybug suit - so sweet!
Later in the evening I'll probably open a bottle of Vampire wine or Witch's Brew, and we'll watch a scary movie (eat, drink and be scary, hehe!)...I may even read a bit of Poe....
Well, on that note, I must get to work now - NEXT Halloween is just 364 days away, and there's much to be done, teehee!! But first, let me leave you with this link to an archived Prairie Home Companion Halloween show. If you scroll down and click on "segment 7"
you'll hear Garrison Keillor reciting Poe's "The Raven" - a real Halloween treat! (although if you leave it playing, the segment following is a bit dated.) :)
With that, I'm off.....
However you're celebrating tonight, I wish you a magical time of it!!!