All Hallow’s eve, Samhaim, The Darkest Night, A precurser to a Dental Visit….
Monkey was a rainbow fairy this year, after wanting to be the Invisible Woman again and changing her mind. This costume allowed her to wear a shiny dress, huge wings with a sparkly in the center of them, and mommy’s makeup. The combination of the three proved too tempting for her to resist, and I have to admit, she was pretty darn cute.
We felt Halloween would be different this year, as we live in another state, and still basically know no one except those who moved with us, and live 40 minutes away. So in an attempt to look on the bright side, we thought “this year will be a healthier Hallloween! We will get less Halloween candy!” We were under this delusion primarily because Monkey would miss out on the traditional massive donation given at Nana’s and Papa’s, she would not get a huge handful at Roby and Heather’s, and Nama and Da would not be tempted to shift their leftovers into her bag.
Sadly, this year’s take was actually better (or worse depending on your point of view) than previous years!! Her little plastic pumpkin was so full she couldn’t fit a single additional piece into it! After only five or six blocks, and 40 minutes, she was bravely dragging her little jack-o-lantern by it’s handle instead of jauntily swinging it to and fro!
This is what our brave, orange friend looked like this morning. This is after Monkey ate five treats last night, Lee and I removed and consumed some of her loot, and several lollipops were absconded with this afternoon! In addition, we had two trick-or-treaters at our house, and were therefore left with a huge bowl of our own candy to get rid of. I am going to have to simply toss a great deal of sugary goodness.
Despite the immense amount of tempting empty calories now resting easily within reach, we really enjoyed ourselves. The neighborhood we are in is a great place to trick-or-treat. There was very little traffic and all the neighbors decorated and handed out candy. There was even a cat, named Phil, who greeted each trick-or–treater as they walked to his house to get their loot. (He was pretty cute, seemed to say “I’m on point!!”) The weather was warm and Monkey had a little pumpkin flashlight to carry so we could see her when she inevitably ran off ahead. (It worked really well.)
We missed everyone back home, but it was a pleasant change to only have one neighborhood to visit. This the first year we trick-or-treated without anyone else, just Monkey and Daddy and Me. It was very special, and we really laughed and smiled a lot. There was a lot less hassle then previous years, and we all relaxed and enjoyed it more for it’s simplicity. So while I regret not having the usual routine, I think the change was good for us.
Happy Halloween to everyone back home!! If you want candy, email me and I will send it to you!!