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Halloween. It’s a peculiar day at best. Probably the funniest, weirdest, craziest, most exciting days of the year here in America. I’ll be honest. I love Halloween.

It’s a day where everything normal and sane is thrown out the window. It’s a day we can pretend our children are giant crayons.

It’s a day we can dress ourselves and our kids up as the evil things that on the other 364 days of the year we denounce as dark or wrong. But, on Halloween it’s just plain old awesome and cute.

It’s the one day every year where we teach our kids that it’s okay to take candy from strangers.

It’s the only day of the year that we don’t care if other people call us a nerd.

Or even a cow.

It’s the one day of the year we can put our baby inside of a giant squash and feel okay about it.

It’s a day where we can go for totally bizarre. We can be as gruesome and gross as we like. And it’s funny.

It’s a day where we take it as a compliment when people tell us to “go to hell”.

It’s a day when kids get as much candy as they can and get to go nuts with it. They come home and sort it, they make trades with their friends and siblings, they make themselves sick.

It’s a day when us grown-ups get to let loose and party it up.

Yes, it truly is a bizarre day.

We sometimes pretend it’s a day just for the kids. But let’s be honest, sometimes it’s more for the parents than it is for our little pumpkins.

Yes, Halloween is just… plain… awesome.

Even when your parents hand you a carrot instead of a bag of candy.

Why do you like Halloween and what are your plans for making this one awesome?

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS, thanks to all of you who posted these pics on the Facebook wall for me to use. I wish I could have used all of them!