For the past 4 years, Marlena and Noah (and eventually Walter) spent Halloween with us in our neighborhood. This year we switched things up and headed over to their house. After a delicious dinner (Noah's chili for the adults and mummy dogs for the kids), it was time to put on costumes. We had no problem convincing Ian to change, but it took some bribery distraction, in the form of chocolate, to get Annaliese in hers. Ian chose to be Peter Pan this summer and hasn't wavered. So of course, Annaliese had to be Tinkerbelle. His costume was MUCH easier to make than hers. Walter was the cutest owl ever.
Ian loved to march ahead of us, flashlight in hand, to all the houses. Eventually we had to take the flashlight away (shining it at people, not the sidewalk) and talk to him about running ahead. It's apparently hard work waiting for two tiny tots to catch up, even though we had a wagon to haul them in, and he let us know he wasn't happy with us. He did a great job saying, "Trick or Treat". I'm pretty sure the people in the next house could hear him, he spoke so loud. He probably would have gone all night long if we let him. Compared to our neighborhood, their neighborhood is lacking lots of Halloween decorations. Last year Ian was terrified to walk up to some of the houses (and this year even more went over-the-top crazy with decorations). In Marlena and Noah's neighborhood, only one house had something that scared him, and he was able to get past his fear and go to the door.
It's hard to tell what Annaliese loved the most. All thoughts of hating the costume vanished when we walked out the door and she saw the wagon. She loved riding in it and would tap the seat across from her because she wanted Walter in there, too. As soon as the wagon stopped, though, she immediately stood up and was all business walking to the door. After the first house she had it all figured out and didn't hesitate to reach forward and grab the candy and put it in her bag. She'd mumble thank you, but you could clearly hear her tell people buh-bye.
The scrapbooker in me really, really tried to get a picture of the two of them standing or seated with their pumpkins, but neither of them were having it. I may even have caused some of the moody behavior by trying to get too many pictures. Oh well, so it goes. Here are some of the shots we did get:
All in all, I think everyone had a great night. Can't wait to see what the kids decide to be next year.