I was looking for a photo today to include with a post on my Facebook page and realized how many totally awesome traditions my family has surrounding fall and Halloween. Sure there are the usual ones such as dressing up, handing out candy, and trick-or-treating, but there are some unique if not totally traditional ones as well.
When I was fourteen my family moved from Southern California to Lake Tahoe. Our first fall in the area my mother wanted to take a picnic to an area near a river where the trees are exceptionally beautiful. The entire family gathered to pack a lunch and make the forty minute journey to this fairly isolated spot. It rained. Did that stop us? Heck no. My mom insisted that we have our lunch in the rain, and while I thought she was nuts at the time, we ended up having a really good time. After that first year we started a tradition of making the pilgrimage to that same spot every October. When I married and had children they, along with the children of my siblings, joined the event, and when my own children married and had children of their own I began bringing my grandchildren.
Another of our traditions is to take the family to a place known as Apple Hill. It is basically a place where you can walk through a maze made from hay bails, pick pumpkins from a patch, buy local crafts, feed farm animals, and of course eat everything apple. You can also ride a pony, take a trip on a train, and pick your own fruit to bring home. There have been years when as many as thirty family members made the trip together.
In addition to our outdoor activities we also gather together every year for a Halloween party. Or at least we did when the kids were younger. I make my famous nachos and we watch The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown together as a group. One year I even got a piñata for the kids. I mean it’s not like they were going to get enough candy trick-or-treating. And let’s not forget the annual harvest festival at the local elementary school. We still attend that event.
So tell me about your Halloween and/or fall traditions. Comment below to be entered to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card. I will announce the winner on my Facebook page Saturday morning.