Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween 09--The Highlights

Another Halloween come and gone. The boys are already planning for the next 4 Halloweens, at least. It looks like I'll be making a honeybee costume, a ladybug (William) a ninja, a dinosaur and a train conductor (James), to name a few. I better get busy.

In the meantime, here are the highlights of the festivities.

Pumpkin Carving.

I love the "spooky beard" James added to his design.

"Cool, it's like a cave."

Sally really liked pumpkin.


You've heard of the princess and the frog? Well, how about the princess and the sea lion?
William and his best friend and true love, Natalie.

William adores her. One day he said, "I just love kitty cats and Natalie."

Lighting the Jack o Lanterns.

Trick or Treating.

The boys really liked our neighbors pumpkins.
It didn't take long for Lilly to figure out what to do. After one house, she was up every set of steps, knocking on the doors with her big brothers.

Trick or Treat!

Or, as William said, "Trick or Treating!"
I could have listened to him say it all night long. Reminded me of this.
I also liked him going to the door with opened lollipop and another candy in hand.

Lilly kept stopping to inspect her loot.
Note: this is the only time she will be seen in a crop top.

Back home inspecting the booty.

William's favorite was the tiny hamburger.

Passing out candy.

When they got home from trick or treating, (no wonder William kept saying that) I let the boys hand out candy to the trick or treaters who were out later than them.
I think it was their favorite part of the night.

They added their own candy to the bowl for fear we'd run out. They made me leave the bowl on the porch when they went to bed
so that any late trick or treaters wouldn't miss out.
The next morning they thought they'd hand out candy to people walking by the house because people might miss trick or treating.

They sure did. The first thing William asked for upon waking up was,
"can I go trick or treating again?"

But the really funny thing is that they haven't even asked for any candy. It's been 2 days. I put it away in the cupboard and I guess it is out of sight, out of mind.

Which makes me glad, cause when I was young, trick or treating was really about greed. Oh yes, I am ashamed to admit it, but we worked really hard to get as much candy as we could. My brother and I would draw a map of Fallbrook, highlighting all the houses we knew, and then a route for my dad to drive us to those houses. Along with our partners in crime, Erin and Brian, we'd hop in and out of my Dad's van for a couple of hours at least. We did this well into our teens. And we came home with a pillowcase full of candy.
It was so much fun.

I guess I have always loved Halloween. I still remember most of my costumes, and I'm pretty happy to be out trick or treating again.
I just wish I had saved one of those maps.

Happy Halloween everyone!


Erin McDonald said...

I am so glad I have those halloween memories with you! And I am enjoying the new ones you are having with your kids! So fun and cute!

Dorinda said...

It is so sweet to read about those boys and their loving hearts, sharing their candy! Can I get an "Awwww!"? :)