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The Great Pumpkin Rides Again!

Posted Oct 09 2012 6:22am

The Great Pumpkin has been visiting our house for many years.  What started out as simply a way to exchange all of the candy that Logan received and couldn't eat due to his allergies has turned into a really fun family tradition.  I can't imagine Halloween without it . The super fun part is that I can envision my children continuing the tradition with their children.  Isn't that what traditions are really for?

Here's how the Great Pumpkin rides at our house.  We attend various events through the month that give the children candy.  ALL candy that is gathered during the month of October gets put into a giant bowl.  Now, for the record, this is candy from therapy appts and our church's Trunk or Treat.  We also do 2 streets of trick or treating in a neighborhood near us that seems to fill our bags which is a good thing because that is all Logan can handle.

 On Halloween night, we go through the acquired candy picking out a few pieces to keep that Logan can actually eat.  I literally mean a few pieces.  The more candy the Great Pumpkin gets , the better the present he leaves behind.  All of the remaining candy goes out on the porch to be picked up by Dad or Papa The Great Pumpkin who takes it home to his pumpkin patch to share with all the other pumpkins.

In return for the candy, a gift is left in its place. It could be a small gift for each child or one that they can play with together.  The Great Pumpkin has brought art sets for Madison and Legos for Logan.  One year, he brought Operation Spongebob which both children really wanted.  After the candy is put outside, the children are instructed to stay away from the windows.  The Great Pumpkin won't come if anyone is waiting for him. Just ask Linus.

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