What did your youngsters wear at their party this past Halloween? The ones who came to my grandson’s party were mostly dressed in the latest casual style outfits now on the market for teenagers. My grandson didn’t have a costume party; he just wanted friends to come by to eat, dance, play video games and enjoy the evening. Most guests came dressed in casual outfits. Many wore the latest designer jeans available from True Religion. These had some unique styles that set them apart from traditional classic jeans. And they were cut to make one look really attractive; kids wearing those newer styled jeans or outfits really liked how they fit.
Most of the kids came wearing tee shirts, even though it had started getting a little chilly. Many shirts had designs that went along well with the Halloween atmosphere – others had themes from the more popular recent action movies. And of course, tees and outfits from different schools and sports themes were real popular. Many parents tipped me off that they’d managed to add to their kids’ wardrobes by using Groupon coupons that got them to get 30% discounts. I took note of this, since I know the young ones will be howling like ghosts again before long when it comes time to get new duds for the season-ending holidays right around the corner. And I’ll make certain they look out for some Groupon coupons while they are putting their latest selections on their wish lists.
I encourage kids to enjoy their parties, although I put limits on entertainment types and volume. But I often meet with guests before letting them do their thing. When we meet I will give them the “house rules” – what’s permitted and banned. I don’t “preach” at them, just give them our rules and express my trust that they will be obeyed. Of course, my grandkids know the rules and the consequences if they are broken. I expect them to insist upon respect. It’s not whether folks agree or disagree with a rule; the key thing is for others to respect their home by obeying it regardless of their own ideas. As I told them once, someone who refuses to follow your rule usually doesn’t respect you. And if they don’t respect you they aren’t really a friend.