Saturday, November 1, 2008
Mr. Friendly Vampire Bat and Ms. Ladybug had a lovely time trick-or-treating last night. Much to our relief, BB actually wore her costume! (Though she was mistaken by at least one person for a slice of watermelon; her antennae are key to the costume and they didn't stay up very well, alas.)
When it came time to leave for trick-or-treating, both kids were so excited they could barely sit still. I was really happy to see their enthusiasm, considering that earlier that morning BJ had pitched a fit about the prospect of going to preschool for their Halloween parade. Even though we reassured him that we wouldn't be leaving him, even though we tried to explain that we'd be staying with him (and BB too) he would have none of it. It wasn't a Tuesday or Thursday, so we were NOT going to preschool. Period. So we stayed home -- I just was not in the mood to cajole him into something, and I still had my doubts that BB was going to want to wear her costume at all.
The kids' costumes turned out pretty cute, though I say it myself! (Thanks Giki and Pop-Pop for your help and contributions!)
Here they are, waiting for S to join us so that we can all head out. I was so glad the rain held off for a bit!
This year, both S and I dressed up as well. He was a total rock star (as far as the kids were concerned) as Steve from Blues Clues. The "handy dandy notebook was made by yours truly.
I took the much simpler route. What can I say -- BB helped decide what I would dress up as. It was a cat, a farmer, or a boat. We settled on cat.
We visited the immediate neighbors first, all four of us, then S headed up the street with the kids while I stayed home and handed out candy.
We had our usual deluge, easily over 100 trick or treaters in spite of the rain which appeared as the night wore on. They were more polite this year, for the most part -- fewer mute approaches to the door, with open (enormous) bag thrust forth for the requisite candy deposit. Fewer uncostumed parents demanding their share. More thank you's too, which was nice.
Our kids were just thrilled to have their "sweet treats."
Got to bed late, of course, but with Daylight Savings looming, that's not such a terrible thing. All in all, a very fun night! Hope yours was the same!