Thursday, November 13, 2008

Soapbox 1: Halloween, Why the Scary?

I apologize to all you Halloween-a-holics in advance, I've read of your enthusiasm and anticipation on your blogs and adore you in your decorative devotion to the event, but I'm just not big on the holiday. Don't get me wrong, I get hugely excited about dressing up, especially dressing up the little people. We had a blast at our ward trunk-or-treat and taking our gals around the neighborhood. I'd be up for a good costume, candy giving party any time of the year! And I love sprucing up the home for the change of season and holiday...I just don't understand the scary factor. Why the little ghosts, witches, spiders, eerie jack-o-lanterns, oozy bloody/dead things, creepy tomb stone stuff? (I can't even do the cutified, nicknack versions of the tradtionally scary.)

I had a hard time explaining the purpose of the holiday to my little Adelaide and after researching it decided I preferred my naive version. Here's where my sister would add in "remember this is coming from someone who couldn't even handle the movies Pirates of the Caribbean or Spiderman", and she's right, I am extreme on my scare toleration monitor. I had to put down Harry Potter in the 4th book because it was feeling too dark and I even fast forward scenes with villains from classic disney movies. I just don't find any thrill in freaking myself out and anytime I have, I'm usually disturbed beyond the moment. Do I sound heated? I'm not really. I just don't understand how "scary" is so popular, when to's just scary.

Now...I know I might scare some of you at my attempt as Cruella De Vil (Addy's request) but our sweet little sleeping beauty and cuddly 103rd dalmatian sure took any scare out of me.

Keep on :)


Amanda said...

I am one who hates being scared, too. Not quite to the point that you described, but I'm just a notch or two down on the scale of don't-like-to-be-scared.

As for the pics--what cute costumes! Addy really does look like a princess. And, little Morah just looks DARLING!

Rachel said...

You're the prettiest Cruella I've EVER seen!!

truebluejae said...

I don't like the gory stuff of Halloween either. I'd rather just think of it as a time to dress up the kids all cute and take them out to get candy! What an adorable Sleeping Beauty & 103rd Dalmation--what a cute idea!:) And yeah, you're to beautiful to be a scary old crotchety lady like Cruela, but way to go trying!

Jared and Delia said...

I prefer cutesy Halloween too. Owen LOVES all things scary and I have a hard time with that because I don't like being scared much either.

You are so sweet. I love the cute costumes.

val said...

hi sara. it's been a long time since i've checked in on your guys...i've kinda lost track of my blogs.
love the new haircut and your girlies are just as cute as ever.

Meg said...

Your kids look adorable and I agree on the scariness being unneeded. My kids wanted to go in a Halloween haunted house thing a neighbor set up where people jump out at you. I let them go in because they begged. But they didn't go back. I don't blame them

Does that mean you don't read Twilight? It's ok. i was just curious.

SusieQ said...

I'm with you on the scary thing. I've held out for all these years having my kids dress up as cute things...clowns, raggedy ann, fireman, etc etc. Every year since they could talk the girls have BEGGED to be witches. I have said NO every year. Just because. Until this year. I don't know what happened. I think I just got tired of explaining and cajoling and, well, let's call it what it is...FIGHTING about it. So I gave in and let them be witches. Whatever.

SusieQ said...

P.S. Your word verification was SINGn. I thought that fit you pretty well.

Josie said...

Hey Sara! You know i'm with you on this one. I refuse to watch anything even remotely scary and of course there's no way my kids can. I can't stand pirates of the carribean either...closed my eyes through the entire ride at disneyland. Doesn't surprise me yo feel the same way:) You're girls are absolutely adorable.

Eugene Lakes said...

Surely hope I get a copy of your cute pictures.

Grandma Leslie

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