Why I am looking forward to Halloween this year

For the first time in many years I am planning a Halloween party with excitement and anticipation. I’m searching out fun recipes, hunting for decorations that aren’t creepy but aren’t cheesy: not an easy combinatino to find. We’re creating music playlists and telling kids to bring their guitars or instruments to put a rocking band together (hopefully?). I’m even calling it a Halloween party without too much condemnation.

Why the transformation?

The financial crisis in the markets. You see, eventually a Wall Street crisis becomes a church budget crisis. Which means that this year there is no fall festival to supervise and manage at church. Volunteers and families like me are free to — wait for it — throw a party at home and see if the neighborhood shows up! Just think about it: what other time of year has the whole neighborhood either walking through the streets or sitting at their front door ready to practice hospitality? This year our yard is open for the party. I’ll let you know what happens.

By Marla Saunders

I am passionately devoted to living my life in the places God has given me. Over the years those places have changed: from homeschooler to businesswoman, from consumer to storyteller. These days I'm focusing on building a new business and figuring out what it means to do everything with integrity and informed by faith.