I LOVE Halloween. Being an immigrant, there were a lot of holidays I had to learn about but Halloween was easily my favorite. As a 10 year old kid, the idea that children were allowed to run around at night wearing costumes was fascinating. I was not a big candy eater but everything else about it was cool. I loved watching spooky movies and reading bone chilling stories. The only thing I did not love was being born the day after. If my birthday fell on a weekday my classmates inevitably would give me their leftover candies as an “oops I forgot your birthday but look what I have in my pocket” gesture. This meant all the Mary Janes, Necco Wafers, Peanut Butter “kisses”, bazooka bubble gum and those weird chick-O-sticks. I know some people love those candies and more power to them. I mostly did not like being an after thought. If you remember my birthday, great – but if you forgot don’t “make up for it” at the last minute. At the time I was disappointed but now of course I just laugh about it. Having kids means Halloween takes a totally different turn. It was all about their costumes, safety, getting them to bed on time if it was a school night, making sure they did not overeat, etc. Now they are teens and we are in a COVID pandemic so this year I am making Halloween themed finger foods all day, we are watching Nightmare Before Christmas (their first time) and hanging out as a family. Yesterday we delivered halloween candy in decorated bags for all their friends. Everyone seemed to really enjoy that. If there is a silver lining with this crazy virus it is that we are becoming more creative and caring less about what other people are doing. I hope everyone has a BOOtiful night. Enjoy the full/blue moon!