What are your Halloween traditions? What are your favorite Halloween memories as a child? For whatever reason, two memories resonate with me: dressing as a ballerina in kindergarten and being too embarrassed to show off my costume, and how when I was older and went trick or treating, my mom would drive around our little town, letting us off load our candy into large brown paper bags. Now that I think about it, I’m sure it was just her way of checking up on us, but it was nice not to carry the extra weight.
A couple of weeks ago I was surfing Facebook and came across someone’s post inquiring about a local Halloween display. The link led me to an advertisement about something called, Spooktacular Acreage. A little further research hooked me into wanting to check this place out. Perfect! Time to make memories of our own.
Spooktacular Acreage is hosted by local Realty Executives and is located at 54020 RR 275 in Parkland County. Admission is free, however monetary donations and toys for Christmas presents are accepted. All money and toys donated are given to a local charity for Christmas. How great is that? A display far beyond what I expected. The inflatable‘s were inter-active and bright. And, it wouldn’t be Halloween without a scary guy banging to get out of the locked shed. I saw the man go into the shed, yet he startled me every time.
A few days later we found ourselves with friends venturing around our city and neighboring town, scoping out Halloween decorated yards. It’s truly amazing how many people take the time out of their busy lives to decorate excessively for a day that goes by in the blink of an eye. We put out a few things, but it is very simple in comparison. If the kids had their way, our display would be extravagant, as they both love to go big.
A house in our neighboring town hosts an outside display called, ‘The Walking Dead’. To be honest, the yard gives me a little bit of the creeps but yet we go back year after year. This year, we pulled up and walked around the yard taking part in the displays they had set out. Out of the corner of my eye I see Cara watching a man posing as a mannequin scaring kids who dared to grab a piece of candy from his bowl. I continue to look around at the displays only to hear an ear wrenching scream … a scream I’m familiar with. I turn to see, and hear, Cara running at full speed to take cover behind my dear friend. Tears streaming down her face and loud sobs, she panted to catch her breath. It was hard not to laugh. I asked her why she went over there knowing what was going to happen and she innocently replied, she didn’t think he’d get so close to her. Lesson learned, I think. Cara was definitely spooked which ended with her requesting to sleep with her brother, something that never happens.
We woke up the morning of Halloween to a blanket of wet snow on the ground. Yuck! By after school the snow had melted, leaving the ground was soaking wet, and rain came down sporadically. Lucky for me, I got to stay dry and man the door at our house while Clive and the kids hit the streets.
Over the course of the night we had around 100 kids come to our door. I was beyond impressed with the costumes and the kids manners. I love interacting with the kids, inquiring about their costumes and keeping an eye out for kids from my school. Many are shocked when I open the door.
This year I decided to make the most of my time and get marking done between trick or treaters. Crazy, maybe, but with so many things in my plate, 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there, helps me accomplish all the little things going on in my life.
Until next year!