Guess what. We were “booed” last week! Just a day before Halloween and a day after my original post discussing why we would not be participating in the “We’ve Been Booed” game this year, I was granted a chance to reconsider my position on the subject. Following this post, the feedback I received from other parents suggested this game was a fun treat for their children and that perhaps I should try it out.
I must confess something to those readers: my original post was a partial excuse to poke fun at some of my toddlers’ annoying (yet age-appropriate) behaviors. I didn’t mean to suggest I would never allow my children to participate in this game, but I did intend to highlight the reasons their current ages made the whole thing (in my head) less than ideal. (I tend to shy away from things that could be potentially disastrous or stressful, and I realize that probably makes me less of a fun mom.)
Additionally, when I wrote the post, I could not imagine being selected for this game because we know very few people in our neighborhood and would not expect our friends to drive out of their way for a phantom delivery. So a part of me also saw the post as an easier way to participate in the game without actually having to go through the motions. Having said that…
A Boo-tiful Gesture
Upon receiving the very thoughtful bag of treats, which indicated our anonymous neighbor/friend knew we had twin girls, I began to understand the more positive aspects of the game. It was heartwarming to know someone cared enough to put this surprise together for our daughters. As one of my readers put it, it made us feel “included” in the community. Watching my three-year-old twins joyfully examine all the surprise goodies was also a treat in itself. With this new perspective, I felt myself starting to become more excited about paying it forward.
Although he had barely made it in the door to have dinner, my husband was ready to get our own phantom delivery going. He wasn’t thinking about how close it was to bedtime or how difficult it might be to pull this off without tantrums or injuries. (Am I the only parent that worries about all the things that could go wrong?) He also didn’t appreciate the irony of this surprise package because he hadn’t read my earlier post! (I made him read it before we left the house.)
Paying It Forward
Although we were largely unprepared (I don’t keep many sweets in my house anymore and hadn’t purchased any candy for Halloween yet), we were able to put together a personalized treat bag for a friend who lives far enough away to need a vehicle. With a rough plan of action, we loaded the girls into the car, and they could not have been more excited. We decided to try out one of my reader’s successful tactics – Dad would leave the treat bag at the door, knock, and run away while the rest of us would hide and watch.
In classic toddler form, one of my daughters protested our chosen hiding place and wanted to stand in the middle of a neighboring yard, behind a tree that had a trunk that was thinner than her body. As Daddy was making his way to our friend’s door, she began to squirm away, refusing to stay hidden and quietly watch the events that were about to unfold. My main concern was ensuring she did not run into the street; with very little choices on my friend’s block, we ended up cowering behind a parked vehicle. By some Halloween magic, or well-placed shrubbery by our friend’s front door, her actions did not sabotage the entire operation.
More Than A Halloween Treat
Instead, Daddy made it back to our hiding place just in time to hear our friends open the door and react to the surprise. I think this part was the most entertaining for us adults! It was also a great disruption for the toddler meltdown that was about to happen.
Once our friends went back inside the house, we made our way back to our carefully parked vehicle. The girls had so much fun, even the one who didn’t like our chosen hiding place, they asked to do it again at another friend’s house. We decided that one special delivery was enough fun for one night and took them home, amid an audible toddler tantrum from the backseat that surely caught the attention of several neighbors.
The surprise delivery to our own home might have been a prank from a friend who had read my blog post (highly unlikely), but my guess is the timing of the package was pure coincidence. Either way, the reason for the surprise does not really matter. What matters is that, thanks to my readers, the anonymous neighbor/friend, and my husband, I was pushed out of my comfort zone and gave in to the fun side of the “we’ve been booed” game. Thank you for helping me get there.
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I hope you all had a happy, healthy Halloween! Cinderella and Belle will be donating most of their sweet treats to “Treats for Troops” sponsored by a local elementary school. If you have candy to give, I highly recommend checking for a similar program in your area. Happy, healthy giving!
Do you have any special Halloween traditions you share with your children? What do you do with your Halloween candy?