The big day is tommorrow, but the kids and I have been getting our Halloween on all week. Last weekend, we went to pumpkin patch at Frootogo, and picked our own pumpkins. We rode a tractor to the field and chose two (one for William and the other for Jadzia) gorgeous orange specimins, with wart-like bumps on them. I can't wait to see them carved. (Though they are on my front step, so they won't be safe if the bike theif comes by again).
On Monday, my friend Columbia hosted a Halloween party. She decorated her appartment to insane levels, made Halloween snacks (including delicious mummy and owl cupcakes), and lead a dress-the-skeleton craft. William was a skeleton and Jadzia and I wore matching Star Trek outfits.
Thursday was Trick-or-treating night at the Mapleview Mall (see pic above). William dressed as a skeleton, Jadzia dressed as a nurse, and I dressed as a witch. This is supposed to be a safe alternative to trick-or-treating for the little ones, but the mall is so crowded that the danger of getting lost/trampled is far greater than the danger faced on my quiet street. Technically, I suppose there's no cars to run you over in the mall, but there's plenty in the parking lot. Anyway, we managed to stick together. We also got a nifty flip book that features the kids and I jumping around like goofs for five seconds. We ate dinner in the food court and walked around getting free candy (seriously low on chocolate) until the kids were too exhausted to continue. Jadzia didn't quite get the concept of acquiring goodies to eat later. She asked me to open each candy as she got it, then would put the half-eaten treat in her bag when she got a new one. When asked what his favourite part was, William said that he enjoyed jumping around on the MAPLEVIEW carpet with his friends, singing the alphabet. Ah, yes, how festive.
Right now, Jadzia is two-fisting suckers and getting herself and me very sticky. She has a talent for getting more goo on her than the candy actually contains. She does the same trick with fun-sized chocolate bars.