Now I know not everyone takes Halloween as seriously as London, Maddie, Rex and I do... we started our week long celebration of the spooktacular event with an Honorable Mention trophy for the Butter Bites in the annual Bay Head New Jersey Halloween Parade. On Friday, the girls will participate in another Halloween parade at Mendham Township Elementary School, and maybe wear their costumes to Randolph Gymnastics as well. Saturday is the real deal: trick or treating around the neighborhood with ghosts, goblins, and other friends in Drakewick, filling our plastic pumpkins with candy.
Others have already moved on to Thanksgiving and Christmas plans... new "wish list" catalogs are coming every day in the mail, and we're being asked to make plans for Garden State Ballet's annual performance of the Nutcracker. While our family may travel no further from the Roxiticus Valley than our traditional pizza at Otto with our old neighbors from West 12th Street in the Village, my former co-worker and good friend is making plans to celebrate an Ozark Mountain Christmas "back home" with her family in Missouri, with exclusive packages at the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. With Hilton packages like "It’s a Wonderful Life," starting at $329 per night and running from Nov 15th thru Dec 23rd, Diane and her family will gather for the holidays and enjoy shopping, rest and relaxation and entertainment. Instead of just playing another round of Old Maid or Go Fish by the fire with Aunt Irma and Uncle Edmund, Diane and her husband will check in and receive a Branson Landing passport loaded with discounts at dozens of shops and restaurants along with a treatment at Aspire Medical Spa. Her brother's little ones will enjoy Story Time with Mrs. Claus in the lobby of the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, and Santa himself will deliver presents, milk and cookies to guest’s rooms with the Santa’s Coming to Town Package, which starts at only $189 per night.
Makes me think I better start making a list, checking it twice, and being good for goodness sake!