Monday, October 31, 2011
Today is Halloween night. The kids are in bed after a hard night of begging for candy. We left a bowl of candy on our doorstep for honest children so that both Adam and I could trick-or-treat with the kids. We spent the better part of an hour barking at Batman to wait for his sister, and trying to help a kitty cat climb stairs while dragging a heavy bag of candy (which she refused to let us carry).
Of course tonight was only the finale of a much anticipated Halloween season. We've been frequenting the Halloween section at the library all year long (despite my persistent suggestion that we try reading non-seasonal books). At the beginning of the month I took a special trip to the dollar store so the kids could help me pick out decorations. William and Jadzia helped me put skulls, spiderwebs, pumpkins and gravestones up in the front yard.
Last week we attended the Early Years Center fall fair. The kids dressed up in costumes and played, danced, ate snacks and did crafts in a loud over-crowded hall. A lot of their friends were there and we discovered that one of William's friends had the same costume as he did (not that a Batman outfit purchased at Walmart is all that original). The event culminated in a parade through the offices of the building where they got a few candies.
On Thursday we went to the mall's "safe trick-or-treat", though I'm not sure what's safe about a thousand toddlers roaming free in a mall that's more crowded than Christmas. Every year I swear I won't go to the mall trick-or-treat next year but the next year rolls around and I forget my resolve. The kids didn't even get a good haul this year. We did get a cute flip book of them bouncing around in their costumes (though we had to wait an hour for it). Actually my favourite part was watching William hold hands with his girl friends. Batman is happiest with a mermaid on one arm and a fairy on the other.
Yesterday we went to a nearby orchard to pick a pumpkin from the field. We chose two reasonably orange gourds. The kids drew pictures on construction paper and Adam did his best carving to their specifications. I think they turned out pretty well.
And now it's over. Tomorrow I must take down the decorations (putting up cobwebs is like toilet-papering your own house). I wonder how much candy I can steal from the kids' haul without them noticing...