Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Upping Our Game -- Halloween Style

Man oh man am I behind in posting.  This fall went fast.  Well, technically, it's still fall.  But, we are hurtling towards winter.  Sometimes I wish I could slow it all down a bit. 

We had a BLAST at Halloween this year.  Last year, we had only recently moved into our house when Halloween rolled around.  Halloween is a thing in this neighborhood.  We handed out about 600 pieces of candy last year.  This year it was 850.  Crazy.  And, people decorate their houses and make an event of it.  We put a few things on the lawn last year and tossed some pumpkins on our stoop as the sun was setting and the first of the trick-or-treaters were coming to the door.  And, several kids last year commented that "usually this house is scarier."  In other words, we were a disappointment.

But, not this year.  This year, we bought a ton of pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors.  We had them out on the stoop for a month leading up to the holiday.  We got a Halloween flag and bought a flag pole (since our house has a place for a flag pole... go figure).  And, we bought a GIGANTIC spider from Costco, which Eric hung from the huge oak tree in our front yard, the rope going into the upstairs bedroom so that we could lower it onto unsuspecting passer-bys as they walked down the street. We had a bunch of Kai and Alden's friends over for the afternoon of Halloween.  The intention was to do some holiday crafts and decorating... but they ended up just playing.  We ate a big dinner of lasagna and then everyone got ready for trick-or-treating and headed out into the neighborhood.  The kids only lasted around the block and then wanted to go back to count their candy, run around the yard in the dark, hand out candy to others, and take turns lowering the spider onto people.  It was so much fun! 

Alden really loved dressing up, too.  When Kai was his age, she'd keep the costumes on for about 5 minutes before tearing them off.  But, he kept his on for hours.  He didn't seem to mind being in costume at all.  We bought him a Yoda/Dobbie costume, but couldn't find it the night Halloween rolled around -- so he ended up trick-or-treating in his dog costume. It's a little baggy on him, but makes it that much cuter.

Kailey went as Hermione from Harry Potter.  Max was Harry Potter -- so it was really cute.  I didn't get a picture of the two of them together (what is wrong with me?!) but, suffice it to say, they were quite a cute pair.  Penny was a sorcerer... which also went along with the general theme. 

So, despite losing a costume, not doing my crafting projects, never carving the pumpkins, and not getting all the decorations up -- our house was a huge hit on Halloween, the spider lived up to the standards of scary, the kids had a blast, and we can't wait to do it again next year.  It's good for me to learn how to not get to hung up on the details and go with the flow (not my strong suits). But, next year, I do want to get more pictures.  That is definitely an area for improvement!

These are the only pictures I have that are Halloween related and include those leading up to Halloween (we tried out the costumes in advance), the night of the party, and post-Halloween. 

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