I remember thinking last year on Halloween that we had finally reached that moment in parenting where suddenly things like holidays and childhood traditions were so much more fun now that we had kids of our own! Graham was only a few weeks old, snuggled into an Ergo and zipped up inside my jacket away from the October cold, and Cullen was fumbling around in a giant robot costume shouting, “people open doors!” at each house.
And this year? We had two legitimate trick or treaters!
My mom found these two dinosaur costumes (or are they lizards??) at the Pottery Barn outlet and gave them to the boys last Christmas. I had tucked them away and almost forgot about them, until I found them stuffed in a bin a few weeks ago when I was digging around in Cullen’s closet. The sizes were perfect, and it made costume selection for this year pretty easy.
I was worried that there was no way Graham was going to actually wear it, as one year olds are not known for loving anything on their heads! Every time I tried to try it on him he cried.
So on Halloween day, I waited until an hour before trick or treating to even attempt. The first time I put it on him he ripped it right off, so I got Cullen dressed instead. Once big brother had his costume on too, he forgot about the headpiece and left it alone – they were cracking each other up!
And they were definitely cracking me up. Those big gigantic tails and the spikes down the back. I could not stop laughing all night.
Cullen’s buddy – who we have trick or treated with every single year – came over so we could all go out together. His family is moving next year so this was their last year of doing it together, which was bittersweet. Cullen does know yet and I am heartbroken just thinking about it. Dinosaurs were a popular choice this year!
Is there anything more fun than little kids in costumes? Graham was a riot. (And check out Casey’s amazing puzzle pumpkin!)
We hung out at the house for a little bit before heading out, and I laughed every time I looked into the playroom…
I joked that from now on whenever we are having a really tough or grouchy day, I am going to put the kids in costumes. There is no way to stay angry or yell when your kids look this ridiculous! :)
Our neighborhood does a “village” trick or treat where all the shops and businesses on the main street hand out candy to the kids, and they close the street to traffic. It was NUTS – there were hundreds and hundreds of families there! And while the kids certainly had fun, I thought it was crowded and not at all what I think of when I picture Halloween. It seems like this is a thing in Seattle – trick or treating in the business centers of neighborhoods instead of going house to house. Maybe because it is a major city and is probably considered safer? I don’t know – for me, trick or treat is all about visiting the neighbors and walking up each long driveway to knock on doors.
So when we got home, that is exactly what we did.
We only went to about ten or so houses, as that was plenty for two little guys. Cullen loved knocking on the doors and talking to people, and Graham just loved running around with his pumpkin. Graham is way too young for candy, and Cullen didn’t really care about it too much – he was much more interested in collecting than eating. He did get to eat a few peanut M&M’s at the end of the night!
We had a really fun evening, and I can only imagine Halloween getting more and more fun with each passing year.
A Happy (belated) Halloween to all of you too!