Not last night, but the night before (does this ring a bell?) I got out the Halloween decorations. I know, talk about waiting until the last minute to scare the neighborhood kids and my toddler…to death. I am a very talented procrastinator and also I’ve been feeling kind of *WHO CARES?* about the holidays lately. I call it Bad Attitude Mom Syndrome (BAMS).
I pulled boxes out of the basement and opened them all and pretended I had the Halloween spirit. I secretly just wanted to eat the Halloween chocolate and read blogs about other bad (non-holiday-lovin’) moms like me. Suddenly, out of the blue, Tiny-Small started screaming about the “mean man” and the horrors of the inflatable jack-o-lantern. So, it’s official, she hates Halloween as much as I do this year. She does not do scary. That’s OK because, really, scary is kind of overrated.
So, we couldn’t put the usual Halloween stuff up because it all scared Tiny-Small too much. I didn’t mind really. I’ve had most of that stuff for over a decade now. It looks about as tired as I feel.
I didn’t know what to do because we are on a limited budget and it really is too close to the holiday to go out and buy a new Halloween wardrobe for the house. Welcome to the travesty that is Halloween with a toddler running amuck. Luckily, in my moment of panic, I came across this do it yourself post over at This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff. The post (by Alex), Halloween Toddler Crafts That Look Cute Even Though Your Kid Did Most Of The Work was right up my alley. So, instead of buying stuff to decorate this year, we made it all by ourselves. It was pretty fun and an excellent mother-daughter bonding time too. It also got me out of my BAMS epsiode. I’m actually feeling kind of excited about Halloween now. I guess this is what they mean when they say money can’t buy happiness. If I had bought all of those Halloween accessories I wouldn’t be nearly as happy as I am right now. Plus I wouldn’t have these amazing new contributions to our indoor decor:
We tried to decorate the wall, but then Tiny-Small kept taking them down and putting them into her bag. She’s two and she does not like to share. Those are HER one-eyed pumpkins and jewel encrusted bat wings. She likes to celebrate Halloween her own way.
I’m OK with that too.