Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I survived Halloween! Woo-hoo! Okay, I'll admit to being a Halloween grinch, particularly this year. I was dreading it with every fiber. But it turned out okay. The girls each had a little pumpkin that they got to decorate (with colored Sharpies because that's all I had on hand). Big Sis went with a character that she later named.

L'il Sis started off with a face but then kept drawing more and more people: family members, friends, even my sister's pets. Eventually, hers was just a big Jackson Pollack-type creation. The funny part was that as she drew, she was telling a story about each person she was drawing.

Big Sis helped me with the pumpkin scooping and carving. As in years past, she designed the pumpkin's face. She also did a great job helping to get it ready for carving.

Big Sis had been saying that she didn't want to trick or treat this year. She just wanted to hand out candy, like she did last year. A few days ago, she changed her mind. She has a set of books about Weather Fairies. She jacket has snowflake buttons and snowflakes embroidered on it. She's meant to be the Snow Fairy. She put her costume together all by herself. And she doesn't take suggestions well. *sigh* Have I mentioned that she just turned 7?

Like last year, L'il Sis LOVED LOVED LOVED trick-or-treating. She had one scare from a neighbor's teenager handing out candy but once he showed her his face under his mask she was fine.
We have a French neighbor who was getting a huge kick out of the trick-or-treaters. She took pictures of the kids before giving them their treats.
Trick or treating this year involved a lot of candy bowls left on doorsteps with notes to help yourself to a piece or two. Why? Because in our neighborhood, most of the daddies are deployed or just not here for one reason or another. This left the moms with the dilemma of what to do with kiddos too little to let loose on their own and vast amounts of candy to be loosed on the population at large. So... lots of bowls on doorsteps... Some of the kids really liked this because it cut out the middleman. I thought it was kind of sad. Part of the fun has always been to see all the kids in their various costumes and to make a big deal over them. Maybe next year...


Meredith said...

So cute! I think the "made (up) yourself" costumes are the best.

I tried to tell my friends with younger kiddos, "just wait". They have little ones with cute costumes and matching motifs ( a dragon and a knight, a princess and a pea pod, etc). One day they get old enough to say, "thanks, but no thanks, Mom".

We usually do the bowl of candy on the porch thing, but not because of deployment... just Daddy with a night job. However, my mom came and handed out candy this year. Fun! I'll try to post some pics.

Shannon said...

What fun! I can't believe they are growing up so quickly.

Lemon Stand said...

"...doesn't take direction well..." Sorry to say, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Believe me, it gets worse in the teenage years.

There are, however, compensations as your daughters begin to grow into a closer relationship with Mom instead of Dad. (I love that part) :o)