Halloween prep…

This is Halloween prep at our house. Costumes haphazardly laying on the floor and my little minion working by my side. I wish I didn’t love making costumes as much as I do!! 🙂

Flashback Friday…

We were driving in the car tonight with one of Hunter’s friends and we were talking about Halloween costumes. Hunter was recounting last year’s costumes, and then the year before and before that – as far back as he could remember. He got to our Lego costumes. “Those were the best costumes – and the most uncomfortable we’ve ever had to wear!”

They were impressive for sure, but my friend who visited us for Halloween that year likes to remind me that we chose to wear the hottest costumes when we had record heat. It was 102 as the high that day. Any other year, covering our heads wouldn’t have been such a bad idea. But this particular year those helmet heads became a sweat box!

See all the details of those costumes here and here.

Halloween…part 2…

Halloween morning started with the elementary school parade followed by the preschool parade. I ran into this rowdy bunch and Hunter wanted nothing morning than for Briggs to come sit with him and yet Briggs refused for the longest time! He eventually warmed up!

Halloween 2018

Bennett was Luigi for the parade and then mixed it up by adding a cart for his trick or treating – he’s unpredictable like that. 🙂

Halloween 2018

Cannon wanted his kart for the parade but the preschool asked that we don’t send any removable parts to costumes. So he was a just Donkey Kong.

Halloween 2018

Each kid was in heaven as they spent the evening trick or treating with their friends.

Trying to get 4 two and three year olds to look at a camera when they’ve got candy in their mouth proved to be difficult.  This is the best we got – but I still love it!

Halloween 2018

These two are so fun together – they would choose to play every day if they could – and some weeks they do.

Halloween 2018

Somehow in the midst of our neighborhood dinner I missed a picture of Bennett with his buddies – but I got Hunter. And he takes the cake for the most kids trick or treating in a group. Halloween 2018

These boys were smart when they asked Hunter if they could trick or treat in our neighborhood – look at all those girls! They were quite the pack.

Halloween 2018

Hallie is at the stage where she still likes to dress up and trick or treat a little – but she also has fun taking the younger kids around. She’s helpful to have around!

Halloween 2018

And she’s always good for a funny pose! I think this is a pirate face with a hook…I think…makes me laugh either way

Halloween 2018

Halloween 2018

Halloween 2018

And after a successful evening we had kids lining our porch dumping out candy and trading – isn’t that the best part of the night?! I hate all the candy – but I love the excitement and energy.

Halloween 2018

Mario Kart Costumes…Halloween 2018…

This years’s costumes are brought to you by Nintendo Mario Kart: Bowser, Toad, Princess Peach, Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong and Yoshi.

Steve tried putting costumes on the chopping block this year, which was understandable. We’ve had to simplify many things in lieu of the home renovation but this was not something the kids (and me) were ready to give up. However, this project was simplified by buying several costumes and then just making the boxes/karts. Each kid chose their character and as usual – I was left with whatever character wasn’t chosen – poor Toad!

Every year I say this – but every year it’s true – I’m not sure how much longer they’re going to be willing to do a family costume! People ask how in the world everyone agrees. We sit down and throw out ideas. We do some research and see if there’s enough costumes for 7 people – there’s usually three great ideas that we’re choosing between. The kids then decide which costume they would be in each theme and then we talk it out and some people are more vocal in swaying people to their idea. (As you can imagine, Steve would prefer no costumes at all but he is such a good sport and goes along with the fun!) And then this happens: Seven people in coordinating costumes. Its fun and they all look forward to it…for now. We’ll see how it goes next year!

Mario Kart Halloween Costumes

Mario Kart Halloween Costumes

Mario Kart Halloween Costumes

Mario Kart Halloween Costumes

Mario Kart Halloween Costumes

Mario Kart Halloween Costumes

Mario Kart Halloween Costumes

Mario Kart Halloween Costumes

Mario Kart Halloween Costumes

Mario Kart Halloween Costumes

Halloween…

We had a beautiful day. We spent the morning jumping from one Halloween parade to the next and then we gathered with our neighborhood and friends this evening to celebrate. This picture tells how Briggs felt about it.

Halloween

Our little Yoshi go-cart cruised around on his scooter with balloons trailing behind him and he couldn’t have been more happy. He’s finally old enough that his little legs could handle walking/scooting the whole time. I pushed an empty scooter all night – I was sure he was going to putter out, but he proved me wrong.

I know Halloween is low on many people’s holiday list – but I love it (minus the candy!). We are in our prime weather season so walking around during a beautiful evening is welcomed. Sharing that walk with friends is even better. Then we show up to all our neighbor’s houses and every house is a welcome and happy greeting. What’s not to love?!

Steve and I sat on the couch (which are pushed extremely close together while we continue working on the house), with costumes and candy wrappers littering the floor and wondered how in the world it’s already November?? Our fall has blown past us and with Halloween behind us, we’re in full blown “holiday” season. Can’t we just have another October? Is that too much to ask?

Sidenote: We picked up this Globber scooter (aff) on clearance after last Christmas and gave it to Briggs for his birthday. He was turning two and maybe a little young to figure it out, even though it has three wheels and much easier than the razor scooters (although Cannon has loved it and used it a lot). About a month ago – he finally figured it out and he now loves it. It’s so funny to watch his little legs push along, so low to the ground. It makes me think he’s ready for the balance bike! 

 

 

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