From the Editor October 21

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Christmas is my favorite holiday for many reasons, one of which is seeing the excitement and joy on my kids’ faces as they open their gifts. Oddly enough (maybe?), coming in as my second favorite is Halloween.

While our family has always tried to avoid the spookier parts of the holiday, we do love the tradition of picking out fun costumes, adding our own special touches with makeup and hair color, and heading out to scour the neighborhood for candy.

Grace, our youngest (and only child left at home), has so much fun walking with her buddies, while we stroll alongside neighbors enjoying a beautiful fall evening. I always have Grace carry a pillow case to fill with her sweets, in memory of how I trick-or-treated back in the day.

And, this way, she is sure to have plenty of room for ridiculous amounts of candy Jason and I can go through after she’s asleep, only taking a few of our favorites, of course. Nerds and 100 Grand bars for me and Almond Joys and Reese’s for Jason.

Our neighborhood is quite generous in the giving out of treats, so even though Grace “shares” with us, we still end up throwing away a chunk of it by Christmas to make room for new candy from Santa!

While trick-or-treating is our favorite tradition, your family may enjoy carving pumpkins or watching Halloween-themed movies most. This year, why not consider adding one or two new activities to your family’s list for an even more memorable holiday?

Sarah Lyons shares some great ideas in 5 Halloween Traditions to Start With Your Kids. Next, flip over to our Fall Festivities and Halloween Fun Guide for all the happenings in the River Region, and some just a short drive away. You’ll find pumpkin patches, arts and crafts shows, church fall festivals, and so much more!

As the weather is cooling off, our community is coming alive with events for your entire family to enjoy. Check out Bits and Pieces and also our Family Calendar for plenty of ways to make fall memories with your kiddos.

Wishing you all a fun-filled October as you relax into the beautiful weather, and enjoy special moments with those you love most.


DeAnne is the Editor and Co-Owner of River Region Parents who loves investing in her family, making lasting memories and deposits of love into each of their lives. As a wife, and mother of three, she understands the importance of having resources available to assist the family. That's why she's been passionate about publishing the best family content in the River Region.
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