Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween can add two new members to it's mass of fans.

This is the first year the kids "got" what Halloween means. I was able to communicate to them about costumes and saying "Trick Or Treat" and "Thank You" and even to give candy away and say Happy "Ween" (Lil Dude wasn't quite ready to say the whole mouthful of letters together. Aubriana said nothing, but looked puzzled that we were giving candy away instead of eating it ourselves throughout the day and night.

We went to two Halloween events this year and the kids somehow managed to get two costumes each to wear for the various events (I know my rule over their costume choices will be a short lived one and there are so many couples I want them to dress as before my power is gone).

I don't remember Halloween ever being the "stressful" holiday, it was the friendly and fun leader of the official holiday season. This year the kids were actually going to participate in the holiday 100%. No more being dressed up and photographed and then put to bed.

I've been trying to teach them to say "trick or treat" for over a month. I had to search for Lil Dude's first costume for two months before finding exactly what I wanted on E-bay. I decided at the last minute to invest in back-up costumes for them the day before Halloween and that resulted in me driving all over town trying to create a "cheap"costume combo which resulted in a very expensive costume combo and a headache.

Last year we were able to dress and drag them through a local mall and gather a few token pieces of candy they were not able to enjoy..but this year, they had the gift of knowledge. The ability to understand, albeit on a simple level, that there was a give and take going on with people. They got to see that all the houses around us contain families and all you have to do to beckon them is knock and wait. The people also seemed so happy to see them that they gave them gifts - what a revelation.

When we got home, they heard our own door knocked on and were then greeted with many people who also seemed happy to see them, and they were allowed to give gifts to these visitors in turn which made them even happier.

After it was all said and done, the memories I have are priceless. They opened a new chapter of their childhood and I got to relive some of my fondest memories through their eyes.

Dorothy and her Scarecrow (she refused to wear the wig I bought)

The first event was held at a local fire station; candy + firemen = Yummy!

A kid sized version of our home town.

The Twilight Show Was Mickey and Minnie Mouse (Formal Wear)

They don't know what is in store for them yet.

I guess my Wicked Witch Hat doesn't make sense in this picture.

Shhh!  People are giving away CANDY!

Hitting make-up for the transformation f rom Mickey Mouse to Scarecrow

Post Minne - Now Dorothy

What could be more fun than having a friend join you? Quint was the cutest Turkey ever!

Back home and giving really is better than receiving!

Post script:
Today we went for a walk and Lil Dude went up to a house with pumpkins in the front yard, and knocked on the door - he has yet to grasp this was a one day event, but I love the idea of neighbors being happy to see one another no matter the date and being welcomed with a smile and a treat.


Christie said...

Ohhhhh whewwwwww! I'm so glad you had a couple of them in the Oz getup. I feel terrible I didn't get any from the front!

Meanwhile, isn't it easier to look back and say "what a day!" (ala Mary style) and mean it in a good way. That particular day...SIGH.

We had fun and really enjoyed watching the kiddos dress up and have such fun. Can't wait for next year...yippee!

Dita said...


You know, I never really thought about the community aspect of Halloween before but your post really made me think about just how much fun this holiday is. I have so many fond memories of Halloween from my own childhood.

How amazing to have the chance to follow these two angels through your photos on Halloween. I LOVE the costumes...just LOVE them. How adventurous of you to actually do two costume changes for two two-year olds! I would have been grayer than I already am or would have needed at least a fifth of vodka by mid afternoon!

I enjoyed the family picture of the 4 of you but I especially love the photo of you with the kids in your witch's hat on the chair. You look fabulous! Whatever you're doing, keep it up!

Looks like the day was a success and your hard work (and the mother's stress that goes along with that) paid off.

Please tell me that you are not going to show the photo of you putting makeup on Lil' Dude at his wedding...


Wanda said...

Well hi there,

Just popped by to say thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments (on my rant). I love meeting new friends.

It's funny, but I recently saw your profile icon a few times, remarked that it was new to me and made a mental note to pop in to see who this "V" was. And you beat me to it.

Your two little ones are just precious. And I adore their little Minnie and Mickey costumes.

Come on back whenever you like. (I became a follower of yours so I'll know when you update.)

Wanda (At Last...)