For most teachers, Halloween is an exhausting holiday!! After two years of NO Halloween celebrations at school due to a freak October snowstorm the first year and a hurricane the next, the kids were more excited than ever to celebrate today! For my kindergarteners, I don’t even know if they remember exactly what Halloween was or what to expect! They were only three years old the last time we had a “real” Halloween in town. They came to school filled with excitement for a parade that would not be until the end of the day! The room was filled with excitement the entire day.
The weather got a little unpredictable about an hour before the parade when it began to rain, but luckily it stayed to a light drizzle and right before the parade began, it stopped! The kids were so thrilled with their costumes and wore them proudly in the parade waving to their family members as they traveled around the blacktop. Sweets and treats were waiting for them in the classroom when they returned for goodies and some Halloween stories before heading into town for the big town parade!!
Our town holds an enormous celebration right in the middle of “the village.” The streets are closed and the merchants stand outside their stores handing out treats to all of the children who stop by. My dad, being one of the merchants went through nearly 2000 pieces of candy today! This year, I joined several of the teachers from our district, The South Orange Maplewood Education Association, (SOMEA) went into town and handed out treats as well. We gave out note pads and lollipops and ran out before the parade even ended! I think people were just so happy to finally have a Halloween celebration back in town, that it was bigger than usual!
My brother Tim was at the store with my dad. Tim’s wife Francine passed away in April. Today would have been her 32 birthday. This was her absolute favorite day of the year!! We all thought about her today, knowing how special this day was to her. Tim spent the morning at the cemetery with Francine’s mom, bringing her balloons and flowers. He was going to go out with some friends tonight for dinner to keep busy. It was a sad day for him but I am glad that he came out and spent the day like he always did. I think it was good for him.
I am sure that Halloween will be a day filled with mixed emotions from now on for my brother. The town Halloween celebration was always a fun, yet hectic, day for them. I am sure that he has many fond memories of the Halloween/Birthday celebrations they had together. Facebook was filled with warm thoughts and wishes for him today. I hope he knew that no matter how much fun everyone was having, anyone who knew Tim and Francine, had a place in their heart today that held a special spot for them.