A little while back, my husband and I heard that fun.was coming to play at the State Theatre in Portland (Maine). We were intrigued and decided we’d like to go. We love going to concerts, and the State is one of our favorite venues.
The only problem was that the concert was scheduled for October 31st. Halloween.
Oh, the dilemma. Do we ditch the kids on Halloween night for our own night of fun?
My husband didn’t seem to have a problem with it, but the mom guilt immediately crept in.
I decided to have a family dinner discussion. “You know the band that sings that song about setting the world on fire? The one that we all sing really loudly in the car? Mommy and Daddy want to see them in concert,” I started.
G immediately got excited. “Sounds like fun. Can I go too?”
“Well, no,” I said. “It’s on a school night. Actually, it’s on Halloween night.”
“Who’s going to take us trick-or-treating? Can we go trick-or-treating?”
And that’s when they pretty much told me we couldn’t go.
But, then I decided I wasn’t going to let them off that easy. Why should they take our fun. away? It’s not like we were ditching them on Christmas or something.
My husband and I explained that our neighbor, who is like another grandmother to them, would bring them trick-or-treating. They’d still be in the annual town Halloween parade with their friends. That they wouldn’t miss a thing on Halloween and probably would end up having more fun without us. Plus, Mom and Dad should be able to go out for their own fun every now and then.
They remained skeptical, but they relented a bit. Maybe it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
The next day, I heard that fun. was selling out. And we got our tickets just in time.
So now I’m looking forward to an evening out with my husband on Halloween night, enjoying fun.
My kids will survive without us. I’m pretty sure.
I’m just hoping Sandy doesn’t mess up everyone’s fun.
Have you ever ditched your kids on Halloween? Did they make you feel guilty?