Halloween on the Lake at Our Little House

Ducks taking off from the lake on a Halloween flight

The weather at Our Little House on Halloween was anything but scary. It was sunny and we had temps in the 70s.

I’ve always loved Halloween, especially as a kid, of course. But when I grew up, I loved it as well. My mother usually came over and helped me hand out candy after I fixed our family’s traditional pot of Halloween chili.

When Mom became too ill to come over, I didn’t enjoy it as much and with the dogs, the trick or treater thing wore thin after the first couple of hours.

I didn’t expect missing getting up every 2 minutes handing out candy or trying to calm the dogs from the commotion of trick or treaters.

Being this far out in the woods definitely has its advantages, but there isn’t a whole lot going on in terms of celebrating Halloween. We didn’t have guests coming and Dale and I have been so busy working, so I didn’t even get out my Halloween décor or shirts to wear this month.

Dale doing some Halloween fishing

The lack of décor and of course, anticipation of any trick or treaters really made it just another day at Our Little House.

We have plenty of things to do to get ready for the upcoming winter, including draining the boat of gas. Sunday was the perfect weather to accomplish that task.

I can only remember one Halloween in our home city that the weather could have been nice enough to have a boat out on the lake, but this was a fun and different way to spend part of the day.

As the day grew older, we also had the boat dock and immediate water to ourselves as other boaters left early, presumably to go home and help their kids with more traditional Halloween festivities.

On the way home, we stopped at a neighbors to loan them a couple of ladders they can use for their upcoming home maintenance projects. My friend, Alicia, had her house decorated with wreaths and orange lights.

Her décor, coupled with our traditional pot of Halloween chili, cooked in my new stockpot, gave me just the taste of the holiday I needed to make it feel more like Halloween.

If you’ve moved, has your holiday traditions changed, or if you’re planning on moving, how do you plan on keeping some of your holiday traditions?

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4 Responses

  1. David says:

    Halloween is not a holiday celebrated here in Ukraine, unfortunately, although most Ukrainians do have an incredible sweet tooth–the candy and cookie aisles at the supermarkets are enormous!

    They did have a brief story on the TV news that showed the President handing out candy at the White House, which greatly amused my wife.

    I do miss it a bit, but since my son is 41 now it has been a few years since I’ve been much involved.

    I do have one suggestion–for next year, why not find out where the closest orphanage might be and volunteer to help bring Halloween to the resident students?

    • kerri says:

      That is an excellent idea, David. I was just speaking with someone last night about a woman’s shelter where she volunteers.

  2. S.A.B.L.E. says:

    Glad to got to enjoy a bit of Halloween.

    Unfortunately my holiday traditions changed a few years ago when my work schedule changed. I now work most of the holidays, so they have become just another work day, but if on day shift the office will be empty. There are alot of us that get to celebrate holidays on a different schedule. I work at an electric company keeping the power on so all those holiday goodies get baked.