First holidays have always been a hot topic within my family. After moving 3,000 miles away from home before meeting my husband and starting our own family right in his hometown, I realized that my parents would have to miss a lot of their grand kids’ firsts.

We planned to arrange as many holidays with them as we could, and it just so happened that I found an excellent October flight deal and was able to take our oldest to Florida for his very first Halloween. I packed our bags and headed out on what was a first for me too – my first plane ride alone with a baby.

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My parents were so happy to see their only grandchild again. They hadn’t seen him since he was six weeks old, and this was before we all readily had Skype and face time to chat with when we couldn’t see each other in person.

Mason – who was only eight months old at time – enjoyed the attention, and all the holiday activities. He “helped” carve his first pumpkin, and even got his own first taste of pumpkin – cooked and seasoned of course.

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We took him trick-or-treating through the neighborhood in a stroller. One thing about South Florida in October is that it’s hot and humid still. I hadn’t really thought of that when I picked his costume. We went up and down one street and then headed back home to give candy out to the neighborhood kids.

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Even though Halloween isn’t one of the “big” holidays, it made my parents happy to have it with him. And although it’s hard at times to time the traveling just right while not spending an arm and a leg, we’ve always tried to give them as many firsts as we can.

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