Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween 2013

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. This little song brings me right back to my childhood, walking up and down the streets of my tiny town collecting candy in my orange plastic pumpkin bucket. Now it's Spencer who sings this song on a repetitive loop, practicing for his big Halloween night out. Once the big day comes, he's ready. He sings this song with high energy at the first handful of houses, then cuts out the middle section at the next few houses, until he's simply whispering trick or treat the duration of the cul-de-sac. Ashton leaves the greeting up to his brother, but he screams his thank yous as we leave each house. By the end, we're both carrying a kid and a pumpkin bucket apiece, the boys having met their limit. They each want Daddy to carry them, though, so we end the night with a blurry photo-op of strong Daddy carrying them home.

But Halloween isn't a one-night deal anymore like it was back in my childhood days. Oh no. It's stretched out a good week or so nowadays. The week before Halloween we hit up a party at the library, where we got to trick or treat amongst the shelves of books.

We also participated in our first ever Trunk or Treat in the elementary school parking lot. For those of you who are not familiar with this new way of collecting more candy, it's where you go from one festively decorated vehicle trunk to another to another to another.

The week of Halloween we did some projects at home to celebrate the impending holiday. First we made bat pictures by painting with facial cleansing pads (I was all out of cotton balls, so this was a last minute substitution that actually worked quite nicely since they held together better than cotton balls).

And then we played with homemade pumpkin spice playdoh. I happened to learn a valuable lesson that day. Do not leave your kids unattended while playing with playdoh, and most certainly hide the flour. Otherwise you will undoubtedly return to a very messy situation.

On Halloween day we threw ourselves a party. We made cookies, played some games and then practiced trick or treating in our house. We took turns playing the homeowner and trick or treaters, knocking on bedroom doors and singing the trick or treat song to receive our candy. Out of all the games that day, this improvised activity was probably their favorite.


Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin.

Ring Toss onto Witch Hats.

Halloween BINGO.

Then it was finally time for the main event: trick or treating! But, first, some front step costume pictures, of course. Until next Halloween, enjoy these oh-so-scary pirates. Arrrgh.

1 comment:

  1. So fun! Rhys even comes home from school with bags of candy from
    Friends and teachers.
    It's crazy how early it starts. Thank you for explaining trunk or treat. I kept hearing about not knowing what the heck it was:) sounds like fun!

    I'm happy that we can start getting ready for Christmas! My favourite:)