Friday, November 2, 2012

A Halloween Retrospective

The day before Halloween we managed to go to the Children's museum.
Harper LOVES that ball pit.

So Halloween happened.

With Harper’s birthday party on the 20th and Brianna’s fundraiser on the 28th (which was a HUGE success, by the way) it was on top of us before we even realized it. I was going to make the cutest little fish tank costume for Harper (per her request) out of foam board, felt cut-outs, shells, sand and plastic aquarium tubing but, after some serious soul searching and time basic management calculations, came to the conclusion that it was not to be. So on Saturday we went to the mall looking for a tutu to complete a zombie-ballerina ensemble (what are the odds, Jenny?) and ended up going home with a dragon costume instead. Luckily, Harper L-O-V-E-D it.
My sister-in-Law's sister's twins were zombie ballerinas for Halloween.
We live in a small, zombie lovin' world. I love their little zombie walk!
I hope the Great Pumpkin didn’t skip our house for our seeming lack of enthusiasm. I had just enough time to pick up some very basic decorations Halloween morning and then carved the pumpkin during Harper’s afternoon nap. But in spite of time constraints I had the front porch decorated by 3:00 pm sharp and I had enough time left over to toast the pumpkin seeds and make apple cider for snack time. I love toasted pumpkin seeds and warm apple cider.

Before going out for the evening I did the Halloween drill with Harper:

We say Trick-or-Treat. We take one piece of candy. We say thank you.

We practiced until I thought she had it and then I put on her costume. She was so excited to get dressed! Neighbor Karen had given her a Snoopy doll wearing a pumpkin costume a couple of weeks ago (thank you, Karen!) which she decided to bring along in her multi-tasking library/Easter and now Trick-or-Treating owl bag (thank you, Wessels family!). Brad had to stay home and hand out candy to Trick-or-Treaters but took a couple of minutes (at my urging) to take some pictures on the front porch for posterity and then we were off in the red wagon.
Harper's spooky dragon. When asked what sound the dragons make Harper replied, "Stomp! Stomp!"
Our humble Jack-O-Lantern (Harper specifically requested a "happy pumpkin").

Harper and mommy about to hit the town.

A surprised daddy and Harper.


Let's go, mom!

Harper got performance anxiety at the first house we visited. After some coaxing she finally whispered a barely audible, “Trick-or-Treat,” as the elderly woman handed her a piece of candy. “What do you say?” I prompted as she put the treat in her owl bag. “Another?” she queried. Of course the woman thought that was the cutest thing she’d ever seen so Harper got another piece of candy, which only served to embolden her at every subsequent home we visited.

We only stayed out for about an hour. Harper came home exhausted and with quite a stash. We let her have one lollipop and then it was off to bed. Afterwards, Brad and I turned out the porch light had some quite time. It was a nice evening.
Happy Halloween!

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