Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would become a blogger during the pandemic, yet here we are. It’s truly been the best of times and the worst of times.
The mom guilt in me says, how dare you say best of times. Listen, not having to take my long commute to work every day is still one of the greatest things ever, coupled with not feeling like the worst mom being apart from my kids all day. I don’t miss those feelings.
However, I still struggle with being a working mom. October has been no different. I’ve been super busy with my 9-5 and all of the super cool Halloween activities I wanted to do went out the window! I remember looking forward to Halloween being on a Saturday this year and with the pandemic it then became a true nightmare!
Soo, we were able to do a couple of trunk or treats in our community. Oh how I appreciate these community organizations showing up for our kids! These folks were out in the cold giving my little ones candy and making their day! I’m sure they deserve a raise and much more!
But every year my family and I have hosted a Trick or Treat gathering with close family and friends, but we’re Latinx, so those gatherings are still BiG! This is now the first time since my kids were born that we’re not hosting anything. My heart broke when we had to the pull the plug on this. Let’s not even mention that trick or treating is also off the table! It’s just a lot to handle for a festive mom like me lol.
That said, we found some new ways to celebrate this year. They include:
1. Pumpkin Decorating
2. Painting our own Halloween masks
3. Halloween Egg Hunt
4. Boo Bags- which had treats, a Halloween book, slime, playdoh and mini pumpkins
5. Ongoing movie and Halloween show marathons! Our faves include: Room on the Broom, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus and the newly animated The Addams Family!
6. Also, we bought my kids costumes early on in September and well they’ve dressed up in them multiple times already while we danced and sang to some sweet Halloween tunes!
7. We read our fave Halloween books nearly every night this month! The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin, Quit Calling Me A Monster and Seeking a Witch to name a few…
The season was surely still celebrated and we’re going to have another Covid blast on Halloween Day!
Mamas, once again we were challenged by this pandemic, but let’s remain, present, positive and playful because that’s all our kids truly need.
So now, I’m totally looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas beginning this Sunday, November 1st!
If you’ve been feeling down about this pandemic, don’t forget to vote for the direction you want to see us move in as a country. Vote early or on November 3.
It’s an anxiety ridden time, but moms your voices count! Let’s do this!
Mental health check in – how are you feeling these days?
Mom chat- how are you celebrating Halloween and what are you most looking forward to for the holidays to come?
Thanks for reading!
Sending virtual hugs, Michelle