We had a little photo shoot yesterday with friends and Halloween costumes. Silas is Link from the old Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda. It's an old favorite of both Steve and myself, plus we thought we should continue the trend of Nintendo-inspired Halloween costumes. (I made the hat and tunic, the rest of the costume was thrifted or repurposed from things we already had.) We're still trying to figure out exactly what we want to do for this holiday. I'm conflicted. I will admit that I absolutely love the costume aspect of it. The planning, the making, the cuteness. Steve and I used to love to collaborate on our costumes, working late into the night to get every detail just right. But I can leave the rest of it. I don't know yet how to handle all the candy. I don't want him to eat any of it, but I know that I have to let go a little. I've never really been comfortable with the whole Trick-or-Treat thing. Even as a kid it made me feel weird to go door-to-door begging for candy. And, like Christmas, the whole thing just seems so commercialized. Luckily, Silas is still really too young to get any of it, but I think this is our last year of putting it off. Like so many things, the challenge is finding a way to participate in popular culture without totally abandoning our values. I don't want Silas to be completely alienated from what most kids his age are doing, but I think it's also important to teach him that we don't check our belief system at the door for a night just because that's what everyone else does. I'm sure there's a way to strike a balance, we're just still navigating what that might look like. Hayrides through a pumpkin patch...Lots of baking and apples and cider...Finding ways to celebrate the shifting season...These are the ways that I hope we celebrate.