Back in the Day...
As a child, Halloween was always a fun time of year. Traditionally, we would dress up and go from house to house to collect candy, most of which, was eventually thrown out by our parents, for one reason or another. I'm sure you have all been there, and done that.
Halloween was a tradition with most everyone I knew. During the month of October, all the kids in school would talk about which costume they would love to wear, or which costume was the most popular that year.
Trick or Treating was the thing to do on the night of October 31st! I'm sure our parents thought it was just all about the candy for us, but really, it was kind of exciting to come out on Halloween night, with the leaves blowing on a cool and dark Autmn night, to see if we could guess who was behind all those giggles, and costumes walking about.
Not to mention...that one house! The one house in the neighborhood that was all spooked out, and ready to scare the candy out us!
Fast Forward a Few......
As I grew older, Halloween took on yet another meaning...PARTIES!
Now they were really exciting! If we were going to venture out on Halloween night to go to a "Costume Party", we would have to get very creative with our attire!
DIY costumes always proved to be the most challenging, but equally the most fun to create! Although, typically very hard to drive while wearing!
Everyone wanted to win the "Best Costume" award, as well as be the most current!
By the time I had my son, my excitement for Halloween had kind of faded away. It wasn't until he was about 4 years old that the thought of venturing out, on Halloween night, even crossed my mind. But the more I thought about it, the more I became excited to let him now experience the fun and excitement like I did as a child...what I hadn't thoroughly thought thru, however, was the fact that times had changed...A LOT! There were far more people in the streets, and many more home-owners who enjoyed participating in fright night.
My son was always a very cautious, and very intelligent "little man". He always thought everything thru before he attempted anything, and when he finally decided to go for it, he thought he had to be able to do it perfectly the very first time, or he wouldn't do it at all...I think he may still even be a little bit like that (wink).
With that said, he wasn't really ready to venture out into the night at 4 yrs old, but by the time he was 5 yrs old, he not only felt he was ready, but he wanted me to make him up to be a "scary skeleton"...ok cool! Challenge accepted!
So I went to work on face painting a scary skeleton on his adorable, sweet, little face. When I was finished, he looked in the mirror and almost began to cry..."Oh Mommy, I scared myself"! He said.
Aww! I didn't know whether to laugh, or cry along with him. But he really did look a little scary!
One Halloween Night...
So we set out on our first Halloween adventure with expectations of starting a new tradition! My son looked amazing, and he was getting quite used to his temporary, frightful look.
We walked around the corner, hand in hand, and stopped at the first house we saw. It was a beautiful, tall home with a long driveway and huge archway at the door. It probably would have looked much more intimidating, if it weren't for the fact that the house was so well lit up with soft exterior white lights.
The Moment of Truth...
It was the moment of truth. I was torn...part of me wanted to walk up to the house with my son... and the other part wanted him to walk up that long driveway feeling strong, and on his own courage.
And that's just what he did...he started to walk up to the house on his own, but turned a few times to look back at me to tell me he changed his mind. I encouraged him to keep walking..."it will be fun", I said, "and you'll even get some candy", I added. He forged on like the big, little man he was, and as he reached for the doorbell, stretching from his tippy toes, the door slowly opened, and out stepped an extremely tall Grimm Reaper, holding the biggest scythe I ever seen. My son turned around slowly, and then quickly darted back toward me... all the while repeatedly saying "I'm done!" ...and so he was!
By his request, we never went trick or treating again...but we did learn to celebrate Halloween in other ways that weren't scary at all. I'll leave some of those stories for another time.
So this "One Halloween Night" is one of the reasons that I don't ever draw frightening Halloween images. I'm sure my son isn't the only child who was afraid of Halloween, at one time or another...and...it is also the motivation for this cute, fun-loving Halloween card...because after all, "Ghouls just want to have fun!"
Card Base: 7" x 5" Dk Purple
Cardstock: Black, Dk Purple, White
Markers: Copic Sketch Dual Tip - YR15 YR65 R20 V29 BG000
Digi Stamps: Digi Doodles Ghostly Trio
Sentiment: Digi Doodles Witches & Ghouls
Background Paper: Digi Doodles Spooky Nights
DIe Cuts: Spellbinders Fancy Edged Ovals
Spellbinders Fancy Scallop Edge Circles
Sequins: Craft Medley Viola Cup Sequins
Ribbon: Morex Ribbon B&W Swiss Dot
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