This Halloween has to be the most fun we have had with the kids for this sweet and scary holiday. Last year, MM was still too young to know what was going on and B was still too scared to knock on doors and say trick or treat. We really made the most of it with family and friends. The holiday festivities started all month long with pumpkin carvings, visiting a pumpkin patch, baking pumpkin cupcakes, and roasted pumpkin seeds. The kids had their cousin stay over on Friday that they don’t see very often and that’s when the party really started. They played hard and on Halloween morning the sugar high was already starting while they helped decorate the house with cobwebs, spiders, pumpkins, and paper ghosts. Their cousin went home to trick or treat with her family and the kids and I joined my best friend and her kids next door for some traditional halloween trick or treating and a disco.
Every year, I help pick out the kids costumes and love them to match. I let my control down this year and let them choose what they wanted to be and lucky for me they wanted to match anyways. Since they are so inseparable at the moment as soon as B said he wanted to be Mickey Mouse, MM just had to be Minnie. I thought this will probably be the last year I can get away with fun characters before B wants to be something scary and more grown up. As soon as their costumes came, we tried them on and loved them. Mostly because they made them seem so much younger and I wanted to freeze this time where they want to go trick or treating with Mommy and dress up cute.
It’s starting to become a tradition to spend Halloween with our best friends next door. I still remember B’s very first Halloween with them. I love having holiday traditions with close friends and I hope we always get to spend Halloween with them. We have had the pleasure of watching the kids grow up together and see what costumes they wear each year.
This year was a little emotional for me in terms of my two growing up and being so independent. Now, that MM relies a lot more on her big brother she runs to Mommy a lot less. At first she was a little apprehensive of knocking on the door and saying trick or treat but as soon as she realized her brother had no squabbles about it, she soon joined him and the others. It was so cute watching them run door to door together and comparing the candy they received.
I will admit I love most things about Halloween but I am a scaredy-cat and there were one too many clowns out there for my liking. It’s funny because as a parent even if you are scared you have to put on a brave face in front of your kids. Even though I have never showed how scared I am of clowns in front of them they have my genes and clearly hate them as much as I do. There is just something so creepy about a clown. I can’t believe they ever were once such a childhood novelty especially for celebrations.
The kids felt so important as they walked through the neighborhood and kids were pointing at them saying, “Look Mickey & Minnie Mouse”. One little girl kept shouting for them all the way around the block. I know its more popular in the UK to wear just scary costumes but I loved the character costumes on my two. I am constantly trying to keep them young and innocent as possible for as long as possible. Back home, any costume goes and you can find a whole ray of disney characters, animals, various cartoon characters as much as you can witches, ghosts, and mummies.
The kids had gathered as much candy as they could (or needed) so we headed for the community Halloween disco. We have been a few times and it’s always good food, face painting, live reptiles, and a big disco party in the main hall. MM proves she has no fear when it comes to touching and grabbing reptiles where B was a little more cautious. I have to say I was more on B’s side when MM went straight for the snake’s face, I had to step in and pull her back. Eeek… talk about a true halloween scare.
I get a little nervous when there are so many kids in one place with loud music and lights dimmed only because its hard to make kids stay close and not wander off and get lost. I am probably a more paranoid mother in this case than most but it always makes me feel more reassured that B is always holding MM’s hand and watching out for her. She was a little nervous too with so many dancing but B got her up to have a good boogy with him.
We had a great Halloween this year with family and friends. It was a long weekend of fun and the kids were absolutely exhausted by the time we got home but so worth the memories. I can only imagine each year will get better and better as they get more involved with Halloween. Next year, we have decided to have a halloween party at our house and go all out with decorations. I can’t wait for it.