Halloween – the holiday that keeps on giving.
We had 6 different Halloween celebrations this year. And on top of that, the husband was pulling some crazy long days [working until midnight or later and getting up at the crack of dawn to continue] in order to meet an October 31st deadline. Needless to say when the calendar flipped to November 1st I was quite relieved. I adore the month of gratitude and giving, especially when it is mixed with vibrant autumn colors and cool, crisp air – the perfect weather for sipping hot cocoa.
But back to October for a little bit longer. At the beginning of the month I made Eli a batman cape at a Relief Society activity I attended. Ever since then he has worn it every day (even though he has never seen a Batman show in his life). As Halloween approached we unexpectedly found a zip up batman coat for under $10 at Costco and hence his costume was born. Eli decided to add some black mittens and his rain boots to complete his ensemble.
Cory originally wanted to be a zoologist for Halloween this year, but as the day approached, he went back to his tried and true firefighter outfit. I think it is what he is most comfortable in. (He must take after me – I have never been a huge fan of dressing up. Something about drawing attention to myself.) For the last five years this is what he has been for Halloween. That’s OK though, it’s right up my alley – nice and simple.
Together Keri and I brainstormed things that she likes and enjoys. She loves everything about gymnastics so she decided to be a gymnast this year.
The above two pictures were taken at the Trunk or Treat party put on by the youth of our ward (aka church congregation). [Randy decided to stay home with Ari since it was raining; this also allowed him to rest a bit since he had been pulling so many late nights.]
When we first set out to go trick-or-treating, it was still a bit rainy like it usually is in Western Washington. However, after about 20 minutes, the clouds rolled on through and it was a perfectly mild night for Halloween – it has definitely been a while since I didn’t shiver while taking the kids out. The night wasn’t quite as magical as last year [Eli's boots ended up really bothering his feet so we had a grumpy 4 year old for most of the evening], but it was still enjoyable.
I must admit I am a little embarrassed by the amount of candy my kids managed to haul in this season. I should try and find a local dentist who will pay them for their sugar loot … at least for the most part they don’t gorge themselves on it. It helps that I keep it out of sight and out of mind – though I really need to stop munching on it myself .