Monday, October 15, 2012

Scary or Kid-Friendly? I'll Take the Latter, Please.

I have a friend who loves Halloween.  It's her favorite holiday (even more fun to her than *gasp* Christmas).

I have another friend who creates her own haunted house, and she goes all out with the Spooky.

And then there's the parties...kid parties, office parties, private parties, costume parties...

Some people like it fun, some like it scary, some like it festive, and so on and so forth.  I like it kid-friendly.  Even if I didn't have kids, I would probably like it kid friendly. I like the family dressing up with a theme idea. I like how excited the children get to select and wear their costume(s).  I love going to the pumpkin patch, hay rides, corn mazes, and creating our family of pumpkins for the season.  I like decorating the house.

What I don't like is the creepy, scary, yukky part of Halloween.  I know, to each his own and some people love it, but as for me, ew, yuk, no way, count me out!  We went into the Halloween store this weekend (my children all love this store), and some of the items were just downright creepy (I know, I know, 'tis the season).  I really wished that the creepy stuff would have had its own section (there were some pretty 'scary' items placed right next to the children's costumes at our store), but no one seemed to mind but me (people were laughing and playing w/the items like they were nothing, adults with their kids too).  When I was a kid I know there would have been nightmares for a week if I'd seen some of those things that were out on display.

Call me a wimp if you want, but for me...this is about as scary as it gets (not even kidding here):
Making his own scary face to try and fit in...what a card!





What about you?  Do you celebrate Halloween in your house?  And if so, what kind of Halloween do you like?  Do the gross items in the Halloween store trip you out, or am I totally in the minority here?  Drop me a line and let me know, I'm just dying to know your opinions here...haha, scary pun intended.

And with that, I'll leave you with my favorite joke of the season:

Where do fashionable ghosts shop for their costumes?  Well, at the Bootiques of course!


32 comments:

Michelle G said...

we are one of the families who dresses in a theme every year. Not sure how much longer we'll be able to get away with it!! This year we're gonna be. . . . ha! You'll have to wait and see. :) I'm totally with you on the non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween, though. Why does it have to be so gruesome?

Eli@coachdaddy said...

This likely won't surprise you, but we love the Halloween celebrations that include food! With three girls, too, the kid-friendly is the better choice, with the scary used only as a spice, not a main course.

I'm a boy, of course, but even when I was young, I wasn't as excited about the gory side of Halloween as some boys were. If the girls can load their bags on Oct. 31, and dad has a chance to load up on some of the stuff my mom always makes for the holiday (pigs in a blanket, kraut burgers - not sure where that tradition started!), I'm happy.

Love the post, as usual!

DoYour Job Blog said...

We're Halloween fanatics at our house, but we always try to remain aware of the little ones who come to our door. Some of our scarier decorations are activated by motion, and we only turn those on after the little ones have come through.

As far as costumes go - we're all scary all the time. My kids add "dead" to whatever their costume is. My hubs and I are generally always scary. What can I say?? :D

The Detox Diva said...

I will celebrate Halloween in our house, yes, but I have to tell you, I don't do horror, blood and guts, etc.... I don't get that people don't understand it's not good to expose kids to all that violence. Candy? I am all about the candy.... Cute halloween dvd's like Hocus Pocus, sign us up. Leave the horror movies to someone else.

Theresa said...

I'm with you. I like the kid friendly version of Halloween. I like sparkle and glitter, so even the skeletons aren't intimidating here. All that gore is just yucky to me, but I guess to each their own, right?

Stacey Kane said...

I love halloween, I wish it was bigger here in the UK. I definitely agree about the kid friendly aspect, I'd have loved to have gone trick or treating and halloween parties when I was young but it just wasn't really done back then. I think it's becoming bigger these days, but I only really got to appreciate the dressing up part when I started going clubbing lol. I'm now following your blog :) x

Becky Jane said...

I don't like the evil scary either. We usually have a family Halloween party and enjoy good fun and good food. To end our night we watch Steven Spielberg's 'Mummy Daddy'.

Masshole Mommy said...

LOL!! We go all out for Halloween, but we definitley don't go scary. My kids are still little enough that they would be scared, so I keep it light-hearted around here.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I like fun spooky, but not horror. If it's grotesque, I'm not interested!

Lonna said...

The horror stuff is too much for little kids...or should be.

Carole Ingram said...

We participate in a Halloween Festival each year were my husband plays "jason, the chainsaw "guy".... we are ALL about scary!! Kids friendly and not so kid-friendly :) You are right though, it's not for everyone!

Kenya G. Johnson said...

I feel like I'm in the minority. We don't celebrate Halloween - no decorations - nothing. I try to make it a special day at home - something we wouldn't normally do on a school night. So it'll be a movie night in my bedroom which isn't on the front of the house. Even with the porch light off, people still ring the bell. Anyhoo, I would prefer kid friendly. My son is creeped out about most scary things and he gets that honestly from me. I've had to toughen up and some things (against my will) but to set a "nothing to be scared of" example. Your Hotel Transylvania backdrop there is scary enough for me ;-)

Kristina said...

I love Halloween, but I also try to make it very kid-friendly. We spend time making decorations and special treats, painting pictures and reading books. We also love the pumpkin patch, kids Halloween ball and looking at all the houses that are lit up as we go trick-or-treating. We just make it fun:)

mail4rosey said...

Of course I'll be spooking your blog to see the family-themed costumes (pun intended there too). :) I wanted to do bacon and eggs but after seeing the costumes in person opted out, lol. Hubby wants to do the Wizard of Oz but it's so cold out I will be the lion if we do that (just to keep warm). :)

mail4rosey said...

The holiday is a good reason to eat! And the coolest recipes emerge his time of year too...

mail4rosey said...

My friend who does the haunted house at her house would love you. :)

mail4rosey said...

Agreed agreed agreed... :)

I agree to that horror movies are ick. I haven't seen Hocus Pocus, but I'm thinking it's a cartoon?

mail4rosey said...

I saw your cute decorations. :)

mail4rosey said...

I have a good friend in Glasgow and she said her son (20's) celebrates but they (her and hubby) don't. :)

mail4rosey said...

Another holiday movie I haven't heard of, lol. I'm so behind the times, I know. :)

mail4rosey said...

My guy jumps at his own shadow too (the little one). I know he got it from him mom. ;)

mail4rosey said...

Right? I wish they'd separate the grotesque from the fun spooky in the store. It's a little disconcerting, lol. If I worked there I'd be questioning it the whole time.... why not categorize it by themes? Makes sense to me.

mail4rosey said...

Some of it's pretty gruesome. Thank goodness for the lighter side so the kids can enjoy it. :)

mail4rosey said...

My second-oldest was in a haunted house with hubby and his cousin a couple of years ago (I didn't go through, I don't do haunted houses either, lol) and the 'Jason' there jumped out and hit him in the mouth on accident w/something in his hand. Broke his beautiful front tooth. Total accident, your post just reminded me of it. Wonder if it was a chainsaw in his hand, lol.

mail4rosey said...

Because of religious reasons? Just asking because if it is, I've felt that tug a bit too.

mail4rosey said...

That's the stuff about the holiday I like too. Whoever invented pumpkin patches was a gem. :)

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Funny growing up it was because we were healthy vegetarians and we didn't eat sugar. :-O I carried on the tradition "for religious reasons" but I sure do buy the candy ;-)

Irish Carter said...

I prefer the non-scary celebrating as well. I have chose to let my children decide for themselves as I did on this question. My reason for totally dis-liking Halloween is due to a horribly violent childhood experience that I encountered one HALLOWEEN night and I have never liked it since. But...I promised myself I would allow my children to decide for themselves....they love the dress up behind it. = )

Irish
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mail4rosey said...

I remember reading a post about your healthy eating as a child. Good stuff, and those pics (in that post) were great too. :)

mail4rosey said...

I'm sorry you had a bad experience. It's hard to let our kids choose when something personal has happened to us, I know. My kids love the dress-up too (even if it's not Halloween for my youngest, lol).

crazedinthekitchen.com said...

I feel exactly the same way--I even blogged about this recently, too! I love the costumes and seeing kids get excited about dressing up. But I could seriously do without the blood and gore.

mail4rosey said...

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