In years past, Staley has changed her mind hundreds of times about what she wants to be for Halloween. This year, she decided a month ago that she wanted to be Supergirl and never wavered once. So thankful that Uncle Evan and his artistic abilities came through with a stellar Supergirl logo on her shirt.
Adelie initially decided that she wanted to be a worm for Halloween. I talked her out of that. She then decided that she'd like to be a grasshopper. Really?? I wasn't sure how to make that happen either, so when I found the wings and antennae in our dress-up box, I offered up a ladybug. Luckily, she accepted.
I had initially hoped to work off Staley's Supergirl theme and make all my kids super heroes. However, since Adelie was preoccupied with this bug idea, I was already down one kid. And Briggs doesn't actually know who any superheroes are. However, he is a big fan of Paw Patrol and we already had a fire hat in the dress up box, so we went with Marshall instead. Briggs seemed pleased.
As is our usual routine, the girls attended the Pumpkin Patch party the week-end before Halloween at our church. And, as usual, they came home with lots of prizes, inordinate amounts of candy, and yummy goodies from the cake walk. Adelie also came home with a few missing ladybug spots, making me re-examine how I attached them to her shirt to ensure they lasted through a few more Halloween festivities.
We also got together with my side of the family to celebrate October birthdays. Since it was close to Halloween, the kids all showed off their costumes.
Both girls also had Halloween parties at their schools. I helped at both parties, but since I was preoccupied with leading 3 year olds in games and monitoring Kindergarteners bowling with pumpkins, I totally forgot to take any pictures. Oops. Luckily, another pre-school mom shared this photo with me.
The night before Halloween, we started a new tradition of carving pumpkins. Both girls drew on their pumpkin faces for us to carve out for them.
Adelie was adamant that she wanted to pick out a green pumpkin at the pumpkin patch. And she was convinced that she drew her jack-o-lantern face to look just like Ariel.
Staley drew hers to look like Elsa, complete with a side braid. She also wanted her name carved in the top.
And, much like a fairy Godmother, Zach turned Briggs' pumpkin into a coach. More specifically, 'Da Coach.'
All that and we still hadn't even made it to Halloween yet. On Halloween, Staley got to wear her costume to school and enjoy her school Halloween party. After we picked up Staley from school, we visited the library, Great Grams and Nana at the nursing home, Uma and Papa's shop, and Aunt Sandi's house to show off costumes and get some treats. Then, after dinner, we enjoyed a warm and beautiful night as we trick or treated around the block, visiting with neighbors and friends.
Grandpa joined us for the trick or treating fun.
It didn't take Briggs long to figure out trick or treating. At the first house, we prompted Briggs to say "trick or treat." He was excited to pick a candy out of the bowl, and then was even more excited when our neighbor said, "Take a couple." By the next house, Briggs held out his hand and said, "Candy. Couple." A little more direct than "trick or treat", but it got the same outcome.
Hooray for another fun Halloween!!
Or as Briggs would say, "Happy Ween."