There is something about having kids that suddenly makes the holidays more fun than I ever remembered. I can honestly say that this was my best Halloween to date. We had a low key morning and afternoon at home with our little pumpkin.
Fun flashback – the picture below is from Cullen’s first Halloween back in 2011. Same hat – knit by my talented friend, Lisa! I barely remember him ever being that small.
And worn by this year’s tiny pumpkin – Graham! He is changing so much already.
Cullen spent the day in his pumpkin pajama shirt, because I had a feeling his costume wouldn’t last the whole day. Brothers!!
As far as costumes go, I kind of dropped the ball this year. But between new babies, second birthdays, and birthday parties – I figure I get a pass for this one. So the day before Halloween, Cullen and I headed to Target in search for the “perfect” costume.
There were some adorable plushy lions and monkeys that I tried really hard to sell, but Cullen caught site of this ridiculous robot costume and that was the end of it. I was really surprised that he was so into it, particularly because I didn’t know that he even knew the word robot. But there was no convincing him to be a “roar” or an “ooooh-ah-ah,” and we left the store with a giant metallic robot in hand.
Once he put it on, Casey and I were pretty much weeping he looked so awesome and ridiculous.
The hat was definitely a tough sell. He wasn’t willing to keep it on until his buddies arrived to go trick or treating.
Once it started to get dark, his buddies arrived and we all suited up to get ready to head out for trick or treating.
Gotta love toddlers – could these three look any more confused?
But they were SO into it, and it was crazy adorable. I love them so much.
Flash back to last year’s Halloween – same wagon same kids…
Now big two year olds!
As expected, they totally rocked Halloween. I had tried to prepare Cullen for it by talking it up, reading his favorite Halloween Elmo book, and talking him through how it all works. The highlight was when we asked him what he was going to say when people opened their doors, and he shouted on repeat “PEOPLE OPEN DOORS!” I love this age.
Eventually he caught onto “trick or treat” – although he did shout “people open doors” at least once – and they all loved knocking on doors, carefully selecting the candy, and then saying thank you and goodbye.
Something about watching him trot down the sidewalk in his big floppy costume, clutching his pumpkin proudly, just made me melt a little bit. He was so adorable, and had so much fun.
We walked around the block, which laughably took over an hour. Back at home, the boys dug through the pumpkins and checked out their stash. I found this hilarious, since they had absolutely no idea what any of it actually was.
It was such a fun night with our robot and his friends, and a great way to kick off the upcoming holiday season. He’s at such a fun age right now, and I’m already excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Hoping it was a Happy Halloween for all of you too!