FLASHBACK POST – Halloween, the early years.

(written through Betsy’s POV)

Tough guy, Henry

How my mom took five children trick or treating and kept track of us all – in the dark, running from house to house, high on sugar and adrenaline- amazes me to this day.

My mom would usually stay on the street and let us go up to the houses on our own.  I can still hear her voice, orchestrating our every move.  “Three houses.  After you get to the house with the red door, you come straight back and check in…”  We all take off…

“Adam! WALK, Do. Not. Run.”  Her command conjures imaginary strings that pull at the 10 year old boy and he comes to a fast halt followed by a slow, struggled walk – similar to a dog on leash that is desperate to take off again.   

“.... And say thank you!”

The streets, crowded with kids and adults, but it was always easy to find mom – She was infamous for adorning tacky Halloween attire.  Her trademark was the flashing pumpkins head band.  The small bright orange pumpkins, blinking in turn, contrasting with the blackness of the sky, and affixed to the headband by 4 inch antennas – giving the illusion that they were “floating” above her head was always easy to spot. 

One particular Halloween –  we were all toddlers to elementary school- it was exceptionally cold and snowy. 

My parents were considering not letting us trick or treat at all that year.  I cant even begin to imagine dealing with 5 small children after telling them they cant go trick or treating. 
Apparently, my mom could not either. 

So she ordered us all to go put on our snow suits, boots, gloves, hats, and scarves.  Meanwhile she went into the kitchen and met us back in the living room, holding 5 white garbage bags.  One for each child.  She painted 5 faces white and out the door we went (Dad stayed behind and gave out candy).   

A family of ghosts was born!
Mary Margaret saves the day again!

That was circa 1990...ish.

Twenty three years later, we are all grown up now.  Megan, Adam and Christina all took their 2 and 3 year olds out trick or treating this year.

I Facetimed with Tina right before she took Emma and Lily out. 

Emma (3 yrs old) was Bell from Beauty and the Beast and Lily (2 yrs old) was Izzy from Jack and the Pirates.

Even though they live in Arizona; Flagstaff, AZ is in the mountains and it’s already freezing there at night.  So both children were required to also wear turtle necks and long johns under their costume.  Tina was a bumble bee. She backs away from the camera so I can see her whole outfit.  She is wearing antennas with little yellow pom poms balls on the end.  My mind instantly flashes back to 20 years ago and her yellow pom poms are suddenly orange pumpkins.  

I smile to myself. Tina reminds me so much of Mom sometimes.  All of my siblings do.

“Ok, we gotta go.  Emmagene and Lily – say goodbye to Aunt Betsy.”

“Bye Aunt Betsy!!!”

Tina: “Say I love you”

“Love you!”  They squeak in their high pitched toddler voices as they rush to the door.   They are soooo excited, I can’t help but grin from ear to ear.  Christina ends the call and my screen goes blank.

It's the little things in life that make you laugh, smile and cry - sometimes all at once. 

Adam and Elly's son - Henry - 23 months - The Construction worker!

Cookie Monster is all smiles this year!  ...Megan and Chris's 2 yr old, Josh
Christina and Roth's girls - Lily and Emmagene (2 and 3) - aka "Izzy "and "Bell"

And finally.....our newest family member....

Margaret Flanagan Hall  ("Finn")- Born 10/22/2013 and named after my mom and Nanny:
(Mom- Mary Margaret Hall; Nanny: Margaret Mary Flanagan).  
Adam and Elly's little one slept through Halloween this year  :)

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