Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Small town Tuesday: An All Day Halloween!

This is my weekly installment of Small Town Tuesday. If you have a small-town story (with pictures is even better! ) please send me a message at vash_ii@yahoo.com or on Facebook.

* A quick update: Our church's chicken noodle dinner raised $2,300 to help a teenage boy with brain cancer. It just amazes me what a few people can do. 

And another note, from now on I'll be posting two days a week, on Tuesday and Thursday. I'll do Small Town Tuesday every other week. Thanks for being here! 

Holidays can take a different shape in a small town sometimes, perhaps because things are more laid back within the borders of a little place.

I grew up in a town of about 45,000 people and I remember walking around my own neighborhood on Halloween but then driving to other neighborhoods. I don't recall knowing most of the people whose doors I knocked on back then. 

In our little city this year, Halloween was an all-day affair. In the morning, my son's elementary school gathered in town to parade up to the nursing home and around to local businesses. 

I then volunteered to lead the craft in his classroom which was a total blast! Gosh I love working with kids. 

Then it was around town to knock on doors. In one case Brady told the occupants, "I used to live in this house," which we did before hubby and I were married. In another case, when wonderful grocery store lady's two choices were - Reese's peanut butter cups which Brady does NOT like (how can this be?) or Snickers which has egg - she invited him into her kitchen to rummage in her candy drawer for fruit snacks.

He told our banker on his front steps, "When Mom was talking to the grocery store lady I kept whistling while they were talking and then they both frowned so I stopped."

To which banker guy said, "Oh you should have whistled louder!"

Brady loved that. 

Every group of kids we pass includes someone we know. "Hi Brady!" Sometimes we knock on a door and say, "Oh hi. We didn't know you lived HERE!" 

Then it was off to a spook walk 10 miles away where we always see one of Brady's best friends who helps her mom run a booth there. 

Here are some photos from our very full, very fun small town Halloween. 


On parade. Look, he's Boba Fett! From Star Wars! With a jet pack! I'm so proud :)
Awwww, he made a cyclops mummy.
Who can resist walking through leaves?
Headed down Main Street toward home.
"I'm a hippie, Brady." "What's a hippie?" "Well, someone who likes veggies and nature and peace and love." "Well that's you already, you can dress UP as that."
Happy Halloween! He carved this himself with just a little help from Mom :)

28 comments:

  1. You guys look like you had a blast! I came from a small town and I loved it. I'm not sure if I could handle a big town. I guess that's the country girl in me.
    I love his costume! And yours too of course! :)

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    1. Small towns are so unique! It was a fun full day.

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  2. I love that you had so much going on on Halloween. How cool. My town is small-ish, but Halloween is trick-or-treating from 5-7 pm and that's it.

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    1. I like that it's an event and a mostly low-key, not-too-scary one.

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  3. Great job your church did in raising that money. I am sure it will come in very handy. Looks like you had a great night for trick or treating.

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  4. I love a small town afnd how they do Halloween. And, kudos to your church1

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  5. Great Halloween pictures in a small town. Lots of things going on too as I see.

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  6. I love your story! Sounds like you guys had a great Halloween! Yes, there are many different ways to celebrate. I love the Small Town Way!

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    1. Thanks, Jill, so do I! It's a different way of life. I wonder if my kiddo will appreciate it someday.

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  7. Awww adorable! I love the small town feel, we live in a community in Florida and on Halloween all the kids have a blast. It's as close as we get to a small town.

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    1. A neighborhood can be like a small town if the people work at it.

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  8. Nice pictures! It looks like you had a great time. I love the cyclops mummy that is really cute. I would love to live in a small town.

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    1. I thought the cyclops was pretty funny, ha! Maybe you can at least visit one for a festival sometime! small towns love having festivals.

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  9. Looks like so much fun! I love Halloween and is sad it is over! My son keeps telling me all the seasons until Halloween comes around again! He is sad it is over too!

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    1. Halloween can be a lot of fun if you skip all the super creepy stuff!

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  10. Small towns are the best. It rained here so hard Halloween that we would stop the truck and yell at the boys, "Run!" lol

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    1. Oh no, what a bummer! Though sometimes stuff like that can be fun.

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  11. Small towns are awesome for trick-or-treating!

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  12. Wow, what a great fundraiser. Love that you share the small town life with us.

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    1. Thanks, Tanya. It's easy to forget in the city that there are communities like this.

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  13. Looks like a small town for real! So will you share some of the crafts you did in the class? Glad you had fun!

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    1. Hi Zan! Yes, I'm going to share the mummy craft when I can find some time! Yikes!

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  14. Oh, I love your Halloween! What a super fun day. Brady, you did an AWESOME job on your pumpkin!!! It looks like you guys had a spooktacular and ghoulishly fun time. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. Thanks, Lorelai! It was just the best day, so so so busy but fun. He had a blast doing the pumpkin and had informed me in no uncertain terms that HE was doing the carving this year.

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  15. It's the same way here. The kids went to a local pumpkin patch with their school in the morning and they pick out a pumpkin for the class. then back to school to learn about pumpkins, decorate it, change into costumes and have a costume parade. Then they still do the trick or treat thing around our neighbourhood. It's a loooonnngggg day. Ha.
    with lots of sugar.

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    1. Oh how fun they did the pumpkin patch ON Halloween. Ours did it two weeks before. Love that they had a parade too! Yes, sugar-fueled day and then we all crash!

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  16. I have always loved reading your small town Tuesday series. Life sounds peaceful.

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    1. Thanks, Adelien. Most of the time it is very peaceful :)

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