Last week was Halloween. I am always ready for any reason to dress up. Plans are in the works to have a family costume affair next year for trick or treating as our girls grow older and there are no more diaper changes or strollers involved.

Despite the scary weather I saw several hundred ghosts, goblins, princes, and princesses and the like enjoying the evening.

While I appreciate the effort and time it takes to host a Trunk or Treat, and I know several who prefer the centralized location and an all-in-one stop, I prefer the old-fashioned walking house to house.

I commend the people in Salem who had porch lights on and were ready for excited kids to knock on their door. Having a 5 and 2-year-old, I am new to the evening of fun, but it was the best I have seen in their short years of participating. It was a joy to see their little faces light up when they saw a row of porch lights on. “We can stop here, and walk to four houses!” Eavie said. Or one of my favorite lines, from Sadie, 2, “that house was ‘s-creepy’” her version of creepy after a great “witchy” front porch on Louise Street.

We didn’t make it to all the houses we saw, which was a great problem to have, on the fun-filled rainy night. Not to mention, the flood of adorned children and family posted to Facebook was a wonderful and welcome reprieve from the political exchanges we have been forced to endure over the past few weeks. 

Enter the weekend and Mom and Dad were given the opportunity to dress up for the Casino Night hosted by Healthy Dent County Saturday evening.

What a night it was! While some may not dote on the idea of gambling, it was for a good cause and all in good humor. Guests arrived to a red carpet, complete with a paparazzo snapping your photo. A fantastic array of snacks and drinks were available with fun-themed names. A silent auction and prizes rounded out the evening. The table games were light-hearted, played with monopoly-type money with the countenances of several employees of a local bank.

The moral of all of this is to say, never grow too old to play dress up. There is only one you, and you should be you, but there is something to be said for dressing the part of someone else for an evening of fun.