Everyone and their sisters are pinning bucket lists all over Pinterest. Fall bucket lists, life bucket lists, children's bucket lists...it seems like the "in" thing to do.
I've decided to do my own bucket list, for Halloween. Because I absolutely hate to do anything half way let alone *ahem* fail, mine will be a bit more "realistic" to complete. Join me if you will in my Halloween 2012 bucket list:
1. Carve a pumpkin.
Ok, so this doesn't really need to be on my list. Not only have I done it, but I am pretty awesome at it. I know some of you need practice though, so onto the list it goes.
2. Go to a pumpkin patch.
Ah, the pumpkin patch/corn maze/money-sucking waste of time, yet inevitable tradition. This year I will not only go again, but hopefully pick a warmer day. I will also not cringe when they charge me 50.00 for the enormous pumpkin my daughter picks out, or laugh as my husband attempts to effortlessly carry it to the truck and catapult it into the back seat. I will pay the 10.00 for a ticket so my kid can ride the train (this year we won't have to lie about her age) and I will also not care when she tells me afterwards that she hated it.
3. Make my children cry by dressing them up in ridiculous Halloween costumes.
We get the catalogs, we look online and browse the stores always continually asking our oldest child "what she would like to be this year?" The answer changes a few times, but typically she settles on something we can agree on (and by agree I mean she thinks the picture of the costume looks neat, and I finally assent because it will a.) be warm enough to wear on October 31st in the midwest and b.) won't make my child look like a baby hooker).
No matter what is chosen, when Halloween finally rolls around and I joyfully produce the costume, it is no longer what my daughter wants to be. I bribe, I barter, and eventually I stuff her into it for some pictures and throw a coat over it to trick or treat. This involves tears (occasionally for us both) but usually candy makes it better.
Her younger sister is easier to check off this list. Not only did she not get to choose her costume...she has never had any desire to be a butterfly...and she doesn't have enough teeth for candy. Check!
4. Take my painfully shy child door to door and actually convince myself she's going to say "trick or treat."
What fun is Halloween without a little hocus pocus? In my case, I fall under some sort of spell around October 1st that makes me believe this year, THIS YEAR, it will be different. I know last year was a little rough, no kitkat bar or tootsie roll was going to coerce my almost 3 year old into conversing with a complete stranger, no matter how rehearsed her ONLY line may be, but it's been another year. This year I just know she will nail it and I won't be left looking like a fool collecting candy for a child who would rather watch me gather it from the car.
5. And finally...NOT sneak candy out of my kids' Halloween bags.
Do I really need to elaborate on this one? Guilty.
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