This year, with Halloween being on a Saturday, we decided it would be fun to host an open house. So, we sent out invitations, cleaned up the place, and put some treats out, planned some fun games, cleared out the living room to make way for dancing, mixed up a sound track for dancing, hooked up the microphone for singing, decorated the inside and outside of the house, and got ready.
Working full time and having a full week of activities the week prior to Halloween (night school classes for the adults, halloween movie night at school) made it difficult to get everthing prepared. So Saturday morning was going to be the final push for party planning. That is, until I learned that my son was getting the chance to play goalie in his house league. So, friday night, as I’m eyeing my unmopped floors, and the heaps of books and papers stacked on the kitchen table, my son learned the news, joyful, and excited. “Mom, you’re gonna come and watch me, right?” How could I say no? How could having a perfectly clean house, halloween themed snacks take precedence over the game. So, I made the choice to go to the game, rushed out to the grocery store for some pre-made items to bake at the last minute, and plugged in one of those oil based diffusers to help give the impression of cleanliness – and wine for the adults.
So, how did it go? It went fine. Of course, the kids weren’t interested in dancing or playing any of the clever halloween themed games I had lined up. They were more interested in running around and playing with each other. The adults, well they enjoyed some wine (and beer) and I served them my warm h’ourdeuvres (told them shamelessly with a wink I had made them all from scratch). And in the end, we had a chance to visit with our friends and neighbours.
And I got the chance to remember what is really important in life. Pretty good Halloween.