Sober Moms: Celebrating Halloween Sober

Sober Pumpkins

When I was drinking, I always made sure that I was not home Halloween night so I didn’t have to be bothered by any kids or interact with any people. Instead I would go to the local bar which was in a walking distance (thank god!) and hang out with all the other people who were also trying to ignore the trick -or- treaters. I remember actually looking forward to this because I didn’t drink in public often and it felt like a special occasion. So, I would get all dolled up, and march myself to the bar, feeling like some “brave solder,” alone on a great mission! But really, all I wanted to do is drink.

Today, I am carving pumpkins! Yes I am! And I love it! It took me 2 hours to do the Angry Birds one and it was the best stress reliever ever! I totally forgot all about my problems! (read last post – Managing Stress Sober) And wait, there is more! My kids helped out too! And I got a kick out of seeing them excited, watching as the pumpkin carvings were coming together! Their child like, over the top excitement was contagious! Their laughter filled my heart and spirit!

I felt happy and alive! Times like this are the true reminder that sobriety rocks!

How has your Halloween changed in sobriety?

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Mrs D says:

    Wow, those are some amazing pumpkins..! Happy sober Halloween!


    1. Thank you so much Mrs. D! Hope all is well with you!


  2. I am very, very VERY impressed! I wouldn’t be able to do that in a million years! You are quite the artist, Maggie!


    1. Tank you! Lol, I don’t know if I am an artist, but it seems that I have a knack for carving pumpkins! 🙂


  3. Very cool Maggie! I am glad not to cut my fingers open trying to carve a circle, let alone what you did there. It’s amazing how our focus changes, and what we find joy in our sobriety. What fun we start to have…and feel the authenticity of ourselves and the connection to others while doing it. We could not do that when we were active.

    Great post, great pics 🙂

    Love and light,


    1. Hi Paul! Thanks! I know this most definitely would not be possible if I was still drinking. No way! But I tell you, so cool to make new memories sober.


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