Here’s a quick little Halloween re-cap before we officially move into Christmas season. (Yes I know we still have Thanksgiving but in my book, watching Elf and putting on the Christmas tunes in totally acceptable come November 1st, even if I do have some pumpkins and turkeys displayed around the house).
Halloween 2010 was great. In fact, our best Halloween yet. A- Vin was off, B- it fell on a weekend day and C- we actually filled a red wagon up with candy. That part is both good and bad I guess. After we feast on candy for a few days and start to feel gross, we end up dumping it. It’s just fun for the kids to collect so much as they make their way through the neighborhood.
I’m so thankful that Halloween fell on a sunny weekend day because as we were walking around, I realized it: the next time we will get a school-free Halloween day Emily and Andrew will be about 12 & 13. Too old to want to walk around with Mom and Dad all day. :(
My three little trick-or-treaters. And yes, Andrew was originally going to be Iron Man. Harry Potter was sort of a last-minute decision for Book Character Dress-Up Day at school on Friday and we all loved the outfit so much that he ended up wearing it all weekend (we had a school parade & party on Friday during the day, a school party that I braved solo Friday night with all 3 kids, a Halloween party Saturday afternoon, an outdoor “Nightmare on Romscho Street” local block-type party Saturday night and then trick-or-treating all day on Sunday. Whew!)
We had a good idea this year. Each kid got a really cute pail (you can see the green here. We also had an orange and black one). After they filled it to the top, they dumped it into some fabric recycling bags we brought along in the wagon. It made it easier for each kid to carry their candy pail. Bottom-left picture you can see Grace dumping her pail’s contents into a bag. At first I thought she might have trouble letting go of the candy but she quickly became obsessed and after each piece she received she would want to “dump it out!”
A few weeks ago I mentioned that our leaves hadn’t dropped yet. No problems in that department this weekend. Grace kept saying “Watch this!” and would shuffle her way through everyone’s lawn, making as much crunchy leaf noise as she could.
And this picture sort of doesn’t go with the leafy Autumn colors above but I can’t resist. We left one house and I noticed this berry bush at the end of the walkway. This photo looks so Wintery to me. The kids & I went shopping today and picked up a whole handful of cute new Christmas ornaments (Target employees were putting them out and I was putting them all in my cart). I think I may break out the Christmas carol CDs for the kids’ bedtime tonight. With the bitter cold weather we’re having here, it only seems right.
Our Christmas elf sent us a letter in last week’s mail (straight from the North Pole!) and he’ll be here in THREE short weeks. I’ll try to get a Blog entry together so you guys can incorporate this fun tradition into your holiday season as well. It’s one of my family’s favorites!