This Halloween was one of the first that I didn’t have a costume. I’m bummed about that. I had great plans too…but on Halloween night I just didn’t have the gusto to get dressed up and climb the neighborhood hills with Will. So I chose to strap on my sneakers instead and play the role of ‘attempting-to-go-into-labor-mom’ (which I’ve heard bares close resemblence to Trailer Park Barbie). End of an era.
So since we have been avoiding all relatives (we are afraid to call folks because we don’t want to send them into a baby-expecting-frenzy), we thought this was probably the best way to give them the most recent holiday lowdown.
I also didn’t hand make a single costume item. I bought Will’s digs this year at Old Navy for $12. I was thrilled to not be strapped to my sewing machine for the month of October – it was easy and cuter than anything I could have made. Plus it was warm and just a smidge loose on him (which made it easy to layer a thick pair of pants and a sweatshirt underneath) so he stayed comfy even though we had a chilly night.
I asked my friend Jessica if she wanted to come over for a Halloween playdate on the 30th – we dressed up the boys and took a few photos.
This is Will’s buddy Kai. He’s the polar opposite of Will…which makes for very amusing playdates. Will adores him. I think the jury is still out on whether Kai actually likes Will.
He was an aviator. To me he looks like Tom in Top Gun. He’s got a need for speed.
During our playdate, we also roasted some pumpkin seeds (success for the first time! check me out and my bad seed-roasting self!) and decorated Halloween cookies. We had a grand time with bats, pumpkins and the Holy Ghost not to mention, there was an M&M & frosting eating frenzy by three certain boys.
Later that evening, Jer and I took Will out to Walmart to pick out a carving pumpkin. Yes, we like the last minute stuff…makes it exciting….and yes, I got reprimanded by Jer for allowing Will on top of the pumpkins. I’m a rebel like that.
On Halloween Day, we spent the day out and about.
I dressed Will in his costume for the entire day. I figured I might as well get my money’s worth. I think the wild cat scared off the other kids at the train table at Barnes&Noble
Once Jer got home, we carved our pumpkin….I cut out the “W” and the little “2” and Will decided that he better punk that kin up with a spiky tooth-pick hair do. Jeremy took on the role of advisor to the candy bowl
And he took the pics Since we talked about it SOOOO much, Will was totally ready to get his ‘treat’ on
We hit up 7 houses and Will was fearless in his doorbell ringing. He loves pushing buttons…in more ways than one….so this was his slice of awesome. He doesn’t however speak very loudly…especially to adults he doesn’t know….so we ended up growling at most folks and they were satisfied with that and his very timid “tank you!”….
Just like last year, our nearest neighbors created some very special treat bags just for him. Will literally had more weight in candy bags on the stroller than he weighs. I’m not kidding. And now that weight is on my thighs, thankyouverymuchneighbors. Also not kidding. I can’t tell you how much I love having amazing neighbors. Like a lot.
We finally got home and rang our own doorbell…and this hot man who looked like Mr. Wonderful answered with a big bowl of treats. Will was so excited to tell him how he got to push buttons and got lots of candy. Sorry about the ill-lit iphone pic…
Yeah. Eye of the tiger has whole new meaning now. Now it means about-to-be-high-on-sugar-and-up-past-my-bedtime. I fully plan on having the eye of the tiger for the next few days. make that months. ok ok….no need to correct the time. Let’s just say for a while
So what kinda stuff do you do on Halloween to make it special? Or maybe you are fall festival people? Or perhaps you don’t really do the whole trick-or-treating thing since it’s not feasible? Do you snuggle up with a good movie? Do you dress up as an adult? I must admit, one time I got my entire family – including both grandmas – to put on costumes and all the kids who came to the door got to judge who looked the best…it was a grand time. I would love to start a new tradition with Will and his little bro next year….what do you do?