Last night, on Halloween was one of our high lights as a family since living in Indy. I don’t go out of my way for this day. No ghosts or Freddy masks hanging around here. I enjoy getting the kids dressed up in fun costumes and seeing their eyes light up with full buckets of candy they collect but then it ends there. But last night we were invited to an impromptu neighborhood chili potluck. This is totally my thing. Fun, fall meal, outside, meeting new neighbors, enjoying community. I immediately said yes! It also helped that my dinner plans were leftovers. I’m all about meeting my neighbors and doing life with them whenever possible. This little gathering gave us the opportunity to do just that. The scene was right out of a movie. The adults were chatting it up, eating warm chili while the multitude of kids ran around in their costumes playing out whoever they were. At trick or treat time we walked around the neighborhood with new friends and meeting more neighbors while the kids went door to door. The weather was just perfect. Not warm but just cold enough to fit the Halloween evening. We ended the evening with tired but happy kids and with plans to get together with new neighborhood friends in the future. We walked away with big smiles and happy hearts for the evening that had been given to us. I can say that God totally surprised me to have Halloween be such a blessing to me. It was nothing to do with a spooky, ghost filled night. But with community, joy, new friends and thankfulness. Yes, He does work in mysterious ways.