Okay, so I readily admit that Halloween is over. Completely over. In fact, Halloween is so over that we are now fully able to obsess over a new holiday. Thanksgiving. Ahem. Yeah, right. We all know that according to retail standards “Turkey Day” is practically non-existent, and Christmas, if you’ve visited any Target or Walmart stores or caught a glimpse of any home shopping networks lately, is where it’s at. But I digress (and will undoubtedly blog about more later because it makes me angry).
In my excitement of tearing down giant spiders from my drapery rod, skull and crossbones gel clings from my windows and collecting various skeleton parts from my house plants I completely forgot to post Halloween night pictures, therefore not finishing the series I unwittingly began. SinceI have blogged about our trip to the pumpkin patch and then the requisite carving of the pumpkins, to not end the Halloween blogfest with trick-or-treating pictures would be like not watching the third Star Wars movie. And I certainly wouldn’t want to do that. (Full disclosure: Okay, I haven’t actually watched all the Star Wars movies. But I hear they are good and to not finish the trilogy is a travesty of epic proportions.)
Halloween in our neighborhood has been what some might consider “mayhem” in past years. At times, we’ve counted up to almost 600 trick-or-treaters darkening our doorstep, forcing us to dig into our “good candy” stash when the Dots and Smartees are all taken. To take the kids out is like navigating through a war zone and I usually prefer hanging back at home sipping on cider and eating barbecue wienies.
However, this year I decided to embrace the holiday and endure the chaos of soliciting for candy. And I’m glad I did. If I hadn’t been present I would never have known my son has a particular distaste for waiting in line and using sidewalks and has a special affinity for the “I’ll pull down my underwear” line from the classic “Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet” anthem.
I also wouldn’t have experienced the endearing high-fives my children shared after each candy score and Avery’s protective older-sister instincts at each street crossing. A tug at any mother’s heart string, for sure.
All in all, it was yet another successful holiday and my kid’s are already looking forward to next year. Apparently, Avery’s pretty sure she will be needing red lipstick and Jack will be requiring some sort of power tool. That gives me approximately 345 days to feed them subliminal images of innocent little farm animals and noble superheroes.
Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says
Oh my gosh, too cute!
Our neighborhood is growing up. We got maybe 40 or 50 trick-or-treaters this year.
I mean, I completely appreciate having some of the “good candy” left at the end of the night. But, I just love trick-or-treating and I worry that the world will grow out of it.
But judging by YOUR experience, maybe not.
According to our neighborhood, trick-or-treating is still alive and well. I’m with you, though. I fear it’s a dying tradition. I hope not! 🙂
600 trick or treaters?! ::: rubs eyes ::: I would so not be ready for that!
Your photos are darling!
Thanks for swinging by this a.m. 🙂
You’re much welcome. And that year was pretty crazy. The kids camped out on the porch to hand out candy to spare our poor door hinges. 🙂
Adorable pictures! I completely miss taking my kids trick-or-treating! CJ would probably still go but I can just see the looks on the faces of the people at their doors when they open it to find a 20 year old man standing there, autism or no. I did get to help Lu and Sean and their respective dates pick costumes, get ready and head out to the party they were attending. And then, there is something to be said for curling up on the couch with the hubby and being ALL ALONE for a change. We don’t get trick or treaters way out here in the middle of nowhere.
So Jack isn’t obsessing and trying to prolong the Halloween this year?? C’mon Jack, you’re letting me down!
Well, what took approximately 6 weeks to convince him of last year, only required about a week this year. He now understands (I think) that Halloween is officially over and we’re moving on. I did leave the Halloween window clings in his bedroom window though. Feeling kind of nostalgic. 🙂
They are absolutely adorable. Funny how as soon as it ends they are ready for it to be Halloween again. Thanks for coming over and commenting on my trip photos…I am sorry to say they were in my spam folder and I went to approve them and accidentally pushed delete and never even got to read them…dang it…I am just tired, maybe I shouldn’t get on my blog when I am this tired!
Awwww, they are adorable!! And you look gorgeous as well!
So, now I don’t feel so bad about not getting my pictures up yet. 😀 The kids looked great, and you look fabulous, as always!
Angelia Sims says
OMGOSH! So cute. Avery is a doll and Jack’s is perfect. I heart Halloween. 🙂