I have been going to the elementary school for the last 9 years for their Halloween parade and this is the first time I didn’t have any other kids in tow. (Briggs was at preschool) As a mom was running around after frantically looking for her toddler I thought – I have totally been there. This year that was not me! 🙂
I already showcased our family Halloween costumes – the Stick figure family. We love family costumes and our kids are always so excited when we dress up as a family. But this year, our neighborhood party was the weekend before Halloween (usually its on Halloween) which is when we dressed up as a family. But we weren’t going to be all together on Halloween – so everyone chose something to wear from the attic from our previous family costumes. So although we only wore the stick figure costumes once this year, they’ll go into the attic and somewhere down the road someone will pull them out again and wear them!
Briggs had his own school parade where they walked around sining all the fun/spooky songs they learned.
Bennett chose to dress up in Hunter’s old Colonel costume (from our fast food theme)
Cannon and Briggs both chose from the same year, Fairy tale stories – Princess, Dragon and a Knight. Cannon is the third child to wear this costume, thank you Pottery Barn Kids!
That night we ate dinner at a friend’s house and then made our way back home trick-or-treating along the way. We made it the 28 houses home and the crew was done. Their little buckets were full and they were ready to call it quits at 6:30. Because they’re 3 and 4-year-olds they came home and decided to dump all their candy in a combined large pile. 🙂
Cannon made it another 10 houses before coming back because he was just too tired. Bennett made it even longer with his group of friends and came home and traded candy with friends.
Steve sat with some other dads out on the driveway and handed out candy while watching a football game on a TV they set up outside.
Hallie was with friends and I didn’t see her until later that night. I did get this picture from her mom’s friend.
Hunter is the one that I have no photographic evidence of his night, which is rare! He had the opportunity to go to the Cardinals game with his “Scott Squad” friends – his first NFL game and it was a complete surprise until he was leaving for the game. I figured he would be bummed to miss out on some trick-or-treating but his love for sports runs far deeper than his love for candy!
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 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!
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. 🙂
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.
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!
These two are so fun together – they would choose to play every day if they could – and some weeks they do.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!