As I mentioned in my last post, our Halloween celebrations this year stretched out over the whole month... but, of course, culminated in the big day. And, it was quite the day this year.
The weekend before, we went to the parade in Piedmont with one of Kai's school friends (as I previously posted about). After the parade, Kai declared she wanted to be a witch for Halloween. We had told her before that she could have multiple costumes because there would be a lot of different events (2 parades, school party, and trick or treating), but she had insisted that she only wanted to be Sleeping Beauty. However, at the parade, Giselle came as a witch and told Kai that for school, she was going to be a cat. Hearing from a friend that multiple costumes were the thing to do, Kai decided that she, too, needed more than one costume.
Of course, this meant finding a witch costume on the Monday before Halloween. Amazon to the rescue. We looked at various costumes together, rejecting most of them (too big, too little, wouldn't ship in time, I didn't like it, she didn't like it...) and finally found something that looked OK. Thank goodness for 2-day shipping.
Party day finally arrived -- that's what it was... one big party after another. The teachers have figured out that teaching on Halloween is pointless. Instead of real school, the kids got to listen to stories, play games, have treats and pizza for lunch, and then school ended with a school-wide Halloween parade. When we got to Kai's class for the festivities she was quietly eating pizza and the entire class was quite composed -- not what we were expecting since we've heard rumors that they are a rambunctious bunch and that Kai is one of the social ring leaders. But, they were all quietly enjoying their pizza. After lunch, the kids played Halloween Bingo and then it was time to change into their costumes for the parade... which is when things got a bit more hyper (keeping them out of their costumes until parade time was also quite smart).
Kai loved being with her friends and talking about their costumes. It was quite cute to watch them all comparing notes about their costumes and talking about their plans for the evening. Kai got invited to some parties... but, we already had plans to trick or treat with Penny and Max, which she was quite excited about.
After school let out, we headed down to Montclair Village for the parade. They got to trick or treat at the local shops, loop around to the park, and then have a party climbing on the fire truck and eating some of their candy. In past years, this was about as far as we got on Halloween. And, the Montclair Halloween festivities had always sort of freaked her out -- there were a ton of school-aged children running around and cramming into the stores for their candy, and Kai had been too small to really participate. That, and she didn't know anyone, so she hung back. But, this year, she WAS one of the school-aged children, and she had half her class with her. They paraded proudly down the middle of the street acting like a bunch of teenagers as they whispered secrets, traded candies, and debated about which stores to hit up.
After the Montclair festivities, we headed home to get ready for the grand finale -- night time trick or treating, something we had never done with Kai before. We headed to Sarah's sister's house to meet up with Sarah, Doug, Liz, Riley and their kids (we had 4 kids trick or treating accompanied by 5 parents!) It was really fun to be out at night and seeing all the houses with their creepy decorations. By the end of the day, Kai had a HUGE bag of Halloween candy and was completely exhausted, falling asleep in the car on the way home.
A few days after Halloween, I had Kai at her bi-annual dentist appointment. When the dentist asked Kai how everything was with her teeth, she announced, "I have a LOT of candy at home!" Note to self: Don't schedule dentist appointments for the week after Halloween.
All in all, a very successful Halloween (and, bonus -- no cavities!)