Halloween always has been one of my favorite holidays — probably because it was my Mom’s favorite.

Mom always made a big deal of holidays; she looked at them as an opportunity to have friends over and to decorate anything that didn’t move.

While I don’t decorate on the same scale Mom did (who am I kidding — she must be terribly disappointed in my meager efforts at spooking up our house), I do get together with friends every year for All Hallow’s Eve and celebrate this fun time.

As the kids have gotten older, costume hunting is not nearly as fun as it was when I had complete control over what they wore.

It’s highly unlikely that I could get David to don a Pillsbury Doughboy outfit, and I’m pretty positive that Louise won’t put on a pink poodle costume.

Thomas isn’t wearing a fireman getup either. Our three still do enjoy dressing up for the costume day at school, so I guess I should be happy with that. At least I’m not fighting with them over the fact that they want to have the bloodiest, grossest costume at the store anymore!

While I was in the grocery store the other day, a nice lady noticed that I had a cookbook in my cart. She asked me if I was planning my dinner, to which I replied that I was. I explained that I am not the best cook, so I need to pick a recipe and go by that as I shop.

“I know,” she told me. “I read about it in your column!”

I am grateful for those of you who do read my column and always am open to suggestions or ideas. By the way: the cookbook I had (and the one I use ALL the time) — Charger Chowder — is going to be reprinted by our school’s sophomore class in the next month or so.

If you’d like a copy, feel free to reach out to me.

I am thankful for the slightly cooler temperatures we’ve been having — now I can get a pumpkin and do the front-porch decorating I want to do.

Continue to keep those affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael in your thoughts and prayers.

As I have mentioned over and over, there are countless ways to get involved. Don’t just sit by — help!

You’ll be glad you did.