Many of you already know about my lazy tendencies (I had listed 20 of them before here). Turns out, I am lazy about Halloween too. The cool thing is that my inadvertent laziness turned into something pretty awesome.
I didn’t celebrate Halloween much as a kid. We lived in an area where the houses were spread out and it wasn’t safe to walk along our street in the dark. I did occasionally trick-or-treat at my cousin’s house or my friend’s neighborhoods.
Now, as a mother, I still don’t get into Halloween for myself because it was never a big thing for me growing up. But now, I get kind of stressed because it has become more about scary costumes and sugar than creativity and old-fashioned fun. And it is easy to go buy costumes that are not unique. Yet, this year we had our family vacation just before Halloween and we weren’t quite sure of our plans.
The past few years, I have been getting more lazy about not going to buy the Halloween costumes. It’s a hastle to gather all three kids into the car. You can never find the right size of the costume they want. Not to mention I don’t like spending money on something that gets worn for only one night AND the kids grow out of it almost overnight. So this year, I just decided I was done. It was too much effort and I am lazy. Luckily, the kids never asked to go, so I didn’t even have to explain why.
But they all got working on their costumes a few months ago even though we maybe wouldn’t even be home from vacation in time. My oldest son chose to be a Bubblewrap Warrior from The Notebook of Doom book series and saved up bubble wrap from packages for months. My middle son helped my daughter dress up her old Supergirl costume by making her a new cape, bracelets and a new belt. The night before Halloween the same middle child decided to actually be my personal worst nightmare, a football player. This costume primarily consisted of things we already own. And then we got invited to a Halloween party, and we were coming home in time to celebrate. My husband even got into the creativity as Harry the Potter.
They may not have been the “coolest” costumes, but they were thrifty AND creative AND I got to remain lazy.
Maybe my laziness forced everyone into creating something on his or her own out of necessity. Could we say my laziness may have saved Halloween??? In the end we had old-fashioned fun bobbing for apples and hanging with friends. And no, I didn’t make a costume because I was too lazy…but I helped the kids put theirs together just before show time.
Not only was I too lazy to buy the kids costumes, we didn't let them eat any candy. What?!? Let me explain why that is “lazy.” First, I made apple slices dipped in dark chocolate as a healthier version of candy for the party…because I am not cruel despite what you may be thinking…I even called them “Bobbin’ Apples” to make them seem more Halloween-ish. But truly my laziness sparked me into action for like…30 min. If I made a nice treat, then I could avoid the begging about eating candy and therefore avoid the subsequent illness and behavior problems that would no doubt be associated afterwards for days of sugar consumption. So my upfront work, allowed me to continue to be lazy afterwards. Not a bad deal. Second, we offered to let them choose a few pieces of candy once the read the ingredients and decided which ones they wanted. The two oldest were not even interested and the little wanted it until we read the ingredients. And yes, the candy went to the Great Pumpkin (aka The Garbage…because I am too guilty to send this junk off to anyone else) who replaces it with a Gift Card for the kids to purchase a book or toy of their choosing.
Nobody lost their mind or temporarily their health over candy and we got a few cool new toys for entertainment so I can read my book on the couch (or whatever “lazy” thing there is to do without a kid in my face).
Win – Win .
Looks like my “laziness” saved Halloween before, during and after.
Remove. Replace. Restore.
Remove free reign over Halloween candy and premade Halloween costumes.
Replace with freedom for creativity and alternative treats like healthy fruit.
Restore laziness, it works…sometimes.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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