H: Crazy Halloween Hat Day at school was fun. I think the ice-cream sundae hat was really nice.
B: I think the one with the knife going through the whole head one was cooler.
H: “Pfft! It was Crazy Halloween Hat Day, not Icky Hat Day”
B: “Yeah so? It was still so cool. The head was bleeding. BLEEDING!”
H: “Not! It was poster paints.”
B: “Bleeding! Blood!”
B: BLOOD! Hellooooooooo!!!! HALLLL-OOOO-WEEEEEEEEN so, BLOOD!
H: Helloooooo!!! I-DONNNNN’TT-CAARRRRRRRE so, PFFT!
Me: You guys wanna have Duct-Tape-Over-Your-Mouths Day?
H: Mom, it was paints! TELL HIM!
B: You knnnnow it was blood. Reeeeeeaallll bloodddddddd!
H: Go AWAYYYYYY!
H: MOM, Brandon’s being himself!
B: Because, I don’t want to be youuuuuuuu!
Me: Or I can stitch your mouths up with wire.
B: Would we bleed?
H: Mom’s joking… I think.
B: Mom, are you joking?
B: Mom! – OK, she’s not.
H: Hey, you want to watch Wizards?
B: OK. No. Let’s watch The Goblet of Fire.
H: Or, Deathly Hallows.
H: Then let’s watch Wizards.
B: Goblet of Fire!
H: Deathly Hallows!
B: GOBLET OF FIRE!
H: DEATHLY HALLOWS!
Me: I could also sell the TV and pay some of your new boarding school fees with the money.
B: Let’s watch Wizards.
H: Yeah. Oh, but we have to discuss our plans for Halloween.
B: Uh yeah. So, what are we doing for Halloween?
H: You want me to tell you AGAIN? DON’T YOU EVER LISTEN?
B: WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING?
Me: And, in a noisy house of demons and ghouls, Halloween was suddenly cancelled.
B&H: WHAT? WHY?
H: But, you…. we… THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT BRANDON.
B: IT IS NOT!!! AND YOU’RE SHOUTING AGAIN!
Me: The home’s demon matriarch also went and cancelled the upcoming big fat 9th birthday of her twin spawn. There were no gifts, no party, no cake. It was terrible, and sad… and so, SO quiet.
B: You want to watch Wizards?
I need to stop here and let you all think the conversation ended at that.
My kids are big on celebrating holidays. It’s a tradition in our house to celebrate whatever is being celebrated, (hence the watching of witchy-wizardy shows that they’ve watched six hundred and twenty six times in the last month alone) be it religious or not.
We’re not choosy.
Or too worried about what anyone might think.
Luckily, we have friends from all walks (and religions) of life, so that never becomes an issue. The kids are just used to celebrating a lot of holidays. It’s a norm for them.
On every Chaand Raat just before Eid, it’s time for mehndi and bangles, and visits and food the next day (must never forget the food).
Easter brings on the egg hunts and lots of marzipan.
Diwali (which is upcoming) also has mehndi and bangles (my daughter is obsessed with both), and the floors of our home get coloured and decorated with diyas.
From Diwali a few years ago (when little people were more little, and also quieter.)
I love decorating for festivals so I do it in a big way. Outside our home, the sparklers light up and firecrackers explode all night (we have Hindu neighbours, so it’s good fun). My kids couldn’t be kept away from all the excitement even if they were bound with ropes.
Christmas is massive every single year (my personal favourite), and pretty much drains our bank account because a certain adult male in this house tends to go overboard in the gift area. I barely notice because of all the tinsel hanging off my head and over my eyes while I decorate and keep decorating.
Halloween is just a candy fest, and the one time in the year where I put on blinders, hang up my issues with over-indulgence of the unhealthy and just let the little people go nuts stuffing their faces if they want to. They dress up, go trick-or-treating if possible, or we throw a party for them and their friends at home.
Bottom line, we love celebrations.
So, on that note, I wish you all a very Happy (and gluttonous) Halloween, and also a very Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous Diwali to all who are celebrating the festival.