We don’t do a lot for “Halloween” as far as decorations and talking about it with our kids. However, I like the idea of letting the kids dress up. Last year we attempted to go “trick or treat” in a neighborhood. For those of you who don’t know, I am not a big fan of large crowds. Needless to say, the neighborhood was packed. There were kids everywhere and cars all along the road, which allowed little room for a double stroller. So last year we started a tradition of going to one of the nursing facilities where I work. Last year Adam didn’t go with us (he is not a fan of large crowds either so when he heard we were going to a neighborhood, he decided to not attend).
This year we decided to plan on only going to the nursing facilities. Earlier that day the kids and I attended a fall festival at one of the local nursing facilities. The residents were so happy to finally meet my kids and my co-workers had a blast giving them candy, especially since they know my kids rarely get candy! Later that evening Adam and I took the kids to another nursing facility where I have worked the longest and the one we went to last year. Words cannot describe how much fun we had and what a blessing it was for our family. It was so rewarding to see the smiles on the residents faces and to hug their necks. We will definitely continue this tradition not only because it is safe and warm in the facilities but because of the blessing it brought our family as well as the residents that I love so dearly. If you are looking for a new tradition, I would recommend to check out your local nursing facilities for next year’s fall festivities. You will be blessed!