* 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 :)