From the D-3 household to all of you spooky monsters out there – Happy Halloween!
Halloween 2013 was definitely about making the most of the day. Our challenges started two weeks ago when we started testing costumes with Sweetie. She didn’t want anything to do with a costume. We tried out some hand-me-downs from Sister Older-Older, but that sent her into screaming fits. We tried to dress her as Pegasus for her cousins’ Greek Mythology-themed birthday party. Again, screaming. We eventually settled on the plush dragon from Sister Older-Older, but only for quick stints and usually not complete with the headpiece.
Wife and I brainstormed a bunch of options we consulted the interwebs, but Sweetie’s response really limited our options. Anyone else out there with an 18 month old who doesn’t want to wear a costume? Today she suffered through a few wearings, mainly for camera ops. And I thought I got a bunch of cute shots but all of my pictures are blurred or she turned away. I guess that sums up how she felt about being the dragon.
The day worked our fairly well. We drove out to Shorewood to visit with Nana and Papa who are in from Florida. Sister Older-Older took today off so we were able to visit with her as well. Sweetie also got to hang with her cousins who so that was a nice “treat”. On our way home we stopped in to see Abuelo and Abuela, but they were not home. Go figure, I should have phoned ahead instead of trying to surprise them! No good deed goes unpunished!
Back home we prepped for all of the kids we thought would be trick-or-treating. We live near an elementary school and a high school so we usually have a decent number of kids come through. Chicago was rainy (but warm) all day, so that threatened to damper the trick-or-treating. After some last-minute skull and spooky lantern placement, we were ready. Too bad we only had 30 or so kids come through – last year brought five times the kids. Hey, what can you do about the weather? I thought more kids should have dressed like crab fisherman or crossing guards or anyone else whose uniform includes a slicker.
Thankfully, Sweetie was not scared by the kids coming to the door. She likes seeing other kids and being around them, so I was hopeful. We also joked about the few scary masks that came through, just to make them less scary. Wife made it home a few minutes early to help give out treats, so that was nice too. It was a bummer not to see the abuelos, but I think we may visit them tomorrow and give the dragon one more try. Maybe next year we can try the life-size minion costume, or the Yoda on Luke’s back, or anything really! I think Sweetie got a good taste of the night though, so nowhere to go but up. And I think we had a good balance of treats to help with the day’s tricks. I hope you all had a fun day and a safe night – long live Halloween!