Now that we're heading into the holiday season, I've been taking some time to reflect on that. We're okay here, if not overwhelmed with the new normal. Online work, online school, online socializing- it's bizarre. But on the plus side, we're healthy and trying to make the most of it.
We're in LA County, so we're still locked down pretty good. Mask wearing is ubiquitous, and none of our friends are too eager about meeting in person, which is the right thing to do, but it can be hard to explain to our kids why they can't see their friends- and why Halloween is going to be a bit different this year.
So the other night when my wife needed us all out of the house to do virtual back to school night, my daughter asked me if we could do that thing where we buy Halloween stuff and take pictures. Can't say no to that.
We've been avoiding unnecessary trips to the store, so our annual trip to buy Halloween stuff and take pictures of it felt like a real event. It was bizarre because we weren't the only ones who felt this way. I saw several groups of people light up at the sight and speaking in hushed tones as if they were at a museum.
So what's in the cart?
I was excited to pick these up since the pictures I saw online looked so enticing. Hershey Kisses infused with a strawberry creamy goo meant to evoke blood.
Yep, they are every bit as spooky as advertised.
Another new addition this year are the Reese's Franken-cups. We've seen the ghosts and pumpkins, but this year they're keeping the traditional shape and making the bottom half green! Madness!
They don't seem to taste any different, which is a hit in my book, but the green accent definitely lets you know that it's spooky season.
We're normally a Capri Sun family, but you have to make an exception when it comes to this stuff. That box art tells you everything you need to know about Kool-Aid's commitment to the season.
They even added spooky games to the back of the box. They didn't have to do that, they know we'd buy it anyway. But they did.
We normally wait until the 1st to put up our Halloween decorations. Not this year. This year, we're getting into the holidays early and we're not getting out until we're ready. We're marinating in holiday cheer.
And these cheery little jack-o-lanterns were just the right addition.
But this guy, look at that aura:
This one definitely sets a mood.
So things are going to be different here this year, but we're making the most of it. I think we'll hit up one of the various drive thru haunted houses that popped up this year, and we're going to an outdoor victorian mourning fair that I'm excited about. And even though our Halloween will most likely spent at home carving pumpkins and watching old Halloween specials, that's okay because it's still Halloween. It can't be cancelled.
Thanks for checking in and I hope you are staying safe and well. If you have any good ideas for how you're spending your Halloween this year, leave a comment below.
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