Whoever thought the mall experience for Halloween would be fun oughta be dragged out to the nearest cemetery and flogged against the haunted tree. My goodness, that had to be have been the worst experience ever….and my kids echoed the sentiment. Keep in mind that we have only two one-level malls, and only one has more than 15 stores in it, so hence, I only count the one as “quasi-real”. The lines are long due to everyone being there, which makes it hot and muggy inside, and the stores ran out of candy fast, so about half-way through, we started seeing sign after sign saying “All the candy got spooked out of us – happy Halloween!”
So…even though it was a little nippy, we thought to go to our old neighborhood and hit the old houses there. That, we all enjoyed quite a bit more (until the cold settled in), and the kids got a LOT more candy from those places – some just dumping handfuls since there weren’t many out. All in all, it was a good time in the end, and now we have enough candy to last at least a couple of months!
I guess next year I should plan better and actually decorate. I’ll get it right for Christmas though!