I avoided Halloween this year. No amount of chocolate in the world was going to persuade me that I wanted to take my children trick or treating and knocking on neighbours doors. I applaud people who love it because it fosters community spirit. But I am not that person. I will probably never bet that person.
I manipulated my children into thinking a treasure hunt was a good idea and they handed out chocolate when trick or treaters came to the door. I think that’s what you call winning. But it did get me thinking. We put in our green card lottery application this week. Next year I could potentially be in a different hemisphere. A hemisphere that actually celebrates halloween properly. A hemisphere where my chances of manipulating my children into staying home with me are significantly decreased. Or we could be living up near Lismore where the odds of potential child manipulation are still excellent.
The logistics of moving is entirely terrifying. But the adventure still seems like a good idea.