My October Mistake

October 1961 calendar

On the first day of October almost every year I remember my big “October Mistake”.

When our third child, Karen, was born, the first one, Kevan, was not quite 4 years old. Yes, that means there was one in-between, Keith. It was a busy time and continued that way for several years. I often say that our children were all born the same year, but that is not quite accurate. But close.

While grocery shopping one day late in 1960 I found this adorable calendar and bought it. I wish I could give credit where it is due, but there is no mention of the publisher or the illustrator on the calendar. I hung it on the wall and talked to the children about it many times. It was a lot of fun.

When Karen was about 2, I made my big mistake. It was October 1 of that year and we four turned the now much used calendar to enjoy the new month. With great excitement I said “Look, Kids, it is Halloween.”

Immediately an enormous celebration erupted, as only a 2 year old, a 4 year old, and a 6 year old can create. Unbridled excitement broke forth!

After their cheers, hopping, laughing, and all around joy died down a bit, they ran to get their costumes. Only then did I realize…….they were ready to Trick or Treat right away….today, tonight, right now…on October 1.

I struggled to explain and correct my mistake.

Therefore….for the next 30 days……every morning……they would come to me begging, “Is it Halloween, yet?”

I’m happy to say that the actual Halloween Trick-or-Treating celebration was a success, even though it took f. o .r. e. v. e. r. to arrive.

I learned a valuable lesson that day.



I first wrote and published this on October 1, 2015. I’ll always remember that day.


6 thoughts on “My October Mistake

  1. I gave out small packs of goldfish and some cookie packs last night. I have never seen so much excitement from the kids, big and little over that. Despite the cold and wind it is fun to see the kids dressed up and even some of their parents.

    • Kathy, that sounds like so much fun. I’m happy you and the treat or treaters had a great time. We had a quiet evening; our neighborhood is mostly retirees, lake ourselves. Our Great-granddaughter got to go on her first Trick or Treating adventure. She was a ballerina. (Scary….I know!) Her long curly hair was done up in a ballet bun to make the rest of her ballet outfit authentic. 🙂
      Hope you have a great November. I still miss you, silly girl!

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