We don’t do Halloween.
And not in a jerky “it’s not a South African holiday so why are they even doing it” kind of way, but more of a “I’ve got enough stuff to worry about and this is not important in my life” kind of way.
I’m sorry if that offends you, but that’s just the way it is round here. Plus also, picturing my kids dressed up in black with skulls just freaks me out a little – call me conservative, I don’t mind. (And guys, I know that’s not all you can dress up as. Just humour me)
I think one of the main reasons that we don’t do Halloween is because besides not having the time or inclination for it, I am all spent out. I don’t know about you but I feel like we’re being asked for money at every turn – the school is the worst of it. Just in the last two weeks we’ve had to:
- Dish out a deposit for my hire car (yes I know I get it back, but it also means that I can’t use it for anything else)
- Pay my excess (cheers to that money but hello to a beautifully fixed car)
- Pay for the bird man to make an appearance at the kids school (R20 per ticket)
- Buy tickets to the school fundraiser – R80 per ticket (which we were forced to take 2 of). We were supposed to spend a night out with the rest of the parents at a barn dance. As much as I love our kids school, this is not what I want to so with a “free” Saturday evening.
- Replenish all the kids stationary. Again
- Buy a new sink plug thing so that we can actually fill the thing without all the water leaking out mid dish washing
Are these all #firstworldproblems – absolutely.
But as grateful as I am for all of those opportunities and to have those things so available to us, it still takes money out of our budget that I wasn’t planning on spending. And that sucks.
Do you do Halloween?