I can't believe I am saying this, but I think I like Halloween. After all the years of tolerating the draculas and goblins of sorts, I really enjoy the effort of so many who come up with such great costumes.
We always have about 700-900 people (I would say children, but many are NOT children) come to our door on Halloween night. This year was no exception. However, since Bruce and I were in charge of the dinner served at the Tri-Ward Halloween party this year, we had 2 guys from Buchanan Consultants here on the front porch passing out our candy until we got home. At our house, you don't even have time to go inside until the next little creatures knock on the door. So even on the coolest nights, we sit on our porch and give out hundreds of pieces of candy.
We know they drive here from all over the area, because we don't know hardly any of them. They are polite, and we get our own Halloween parade for 4 hours.
As for being grateful, I am very thankful that it is over. I made the Connie Mack recipe of chili for 500 people and Bruce and I were in charge of buying all of the trimmings for Frito Pie, and of course the popular hot dog. We hae the Elders quorum set up 30+ tables and fill the cultural hall. It was a mad house all night, and we ran out of "dogs" after a 30 minutes and someone ran to Sam's Club and bought mucho more. We had 4 hot dogs left over, and 100 buns. I knew they wouldn't eat as many buns. I was too lazy to take them back to Sam's, so I gave them out that night and at church on Sunday. It cost all about $550.00. That is not too shabby. I couldn't get to the bishops' office fast enough yesterday to get my money back.
We have hardly any time to breathe before the next big dinner. We had a planner's meeting for the ward Christmas dinner and program on December 7th. That is just 4 weeks away! Yikes. I am overwhelmed. So between getting people to help, planning the dinner, decorating, and the program, I just hope it comes together soon. The bishop wants it simple and I just want it to be somewhat spiritual, instead of the free-for-all that we have had the past 3 years. And I want a home cooked meal instead of an all Sam's Club cooked dinner. I should have kept my mouth shut, because we got our new calling as activities co-chairmans right after Christmas last year. I feel the pressure.
I am so thankful for so many good friends like Louise, Gail, and Margo who came to my aid last Wednesday and helped cut onions, tomatoes, celery, carrots and make chili. They are the best!