Boo! Did I scare you? Well, you should be scared, because Halloween is here. But you already knew that, right? In fact, if you're what's known as the "fun Halloween mom," you've already been planning for the big day. If, however, you're known as the "not-so-fun Halloween mom," you're wishing it were already over.
Not sure which camp you fall into? Here's a primer:
Fun Mom: When your kids mention Halloween, you get giddy with excitement.
Not-So-Fun Mom: When your kids mention Halloween, you get the chardonnay.
Fun Mom: For the class party, you bring in treats disguised as bleeding eyeballs.
Not-So-Fun Mom: For the class party, you bring in bottled water.
Fun Mom: You let your kid pick out any costume he wants at the costume store.
Not-So-Fun Mom: You make your kid wear his older brother's hand-me-down costume. You also make him wear a coat over it.
Fun Mom: You wear a costume even if you're just handing out candy at the house.
Not-So-Fun Mom: You refuse to wear even a witch's hat to hand out candy (or pencils). Instead, you wear a sweatshirt and yoga pants. (Hey, you're dressed up as a suburban mom!)
Fun Mom: You make pumpkin pie.
Not-So-Fun Mom: You buy a bag of pumpkin seeds.
Fun Mom: You let your kids stay out as late as everyone else.
Not-So-Fun Mom: You tell your kids that trick-or-treating ends at 7:30.
Fun Mom: You let your kids eat all the candy loot they want for three days straight.
Not-So-Fun Mom: You let your kids eat one piece of candy a day, for three days, then the rest gets mysteriously "lost." (Also, you sneak several pieces a day when the kids are at school. No one has to know.)
Fun Mom: You banish all talk about tooth-brushing and cavities until Halloween is over.
Not-So-Fun Mom: You schedule a dentist appointment for your kids a week after Halloween.
Fun Mom: You give each trick-or-treater two pieces of candy.
Not-So-Fun Mom: You say, "No costume, no candy" to anyone over 5 feet tall.
Fun Mom: You rent "Gremlins" for the kids.
Not-So-Fun Mom: You make the kids watch whatever Halloween special is on TV, even though they've seen it five times.
Fun Mom: You let your kids walk a couple feet in front of you so they can feel more grown-up.
Not-So-Fun Mom: You walk alongside your kids, until you get to driveways, where you yell out things like, "Remember to say thank you!" and "No running."