Well, somehow or another we got ourselves committed into something more than we necessarily intended.
Halloween is a big holiday in our family, not only because we just enjoy the hell out of dressing up, being goofy, and pigging out on candy. But also because it seems an appropriate occasion to kind of jokingly, kind of seriously reflect on and celebrate our family’s non-theistic beliefs. Happens around the equinox. Same way we acknowledge the solstice aspect of our winter holiday celebrations - in addition to decorating a tree, exchanging gifts and singing carols.
Well, we told our kids that we were looking forward to celebrating Halloween as a family, and having “a druidic bonfire” (I believe those were the terms used) in the firepit in our backyard after they get back from trick or treating. Well, it seems as tho our kids are really looking forward to it, and I fear they may be anticipating something more than just boring old mom and pop hanging out around a fire roasting marshmallows.
Anyone got any relatively low-effort ideas we can incorporate at this last minute to try to minimize the kids’ disappointment? I’m not sure I’ll even have a chance to run to the store, so “conceptual” type suggestions would probably be more useful (for this year) than ones requiring purchasing supplies or making crafts.
I figured I’d probably try to tell a couple of scary stories. And I think we have some of those crystals that make colored flames. I think all 3 of my kids are still virgins, but I’d just as soon not sacrifice any of them unless necessary…