Halloween With Mary

This year for Halloween was extra special.  Our whole family dressed up and we had company for trick-or-treating.  My friend Shalan was in town with her family, so her and Mary joined us for trick-or-treating.  We were a family of bees and Mary was Jessie from Toy Story.  We made our usual rounds of a few neighborhood houses and then went over to the new houses a block away.  This year we ditched the wagon and let the kids walk the entire way.  Our boys were excited about Halloween, but honestly by the time we were 7 houses in and headed to new houses my kids were about done.  Mary was going strong.  That kid loves Halloween and has stamina! 

This was the first year that Garrett really understood what Halloween meant.  He practiced his “Trick-or-Treat” and he was the only one of the kids who consistently said it at the doors.  After about 3 houses he figured out that he was getting all this candy and wanted to know when he could eat it.  So at every house G would get his stash dropped in his bucket, he would immediately retrieve a piece of candy and then say “Mama, I eat this candy right now?  Please, Mama.  Right now.  I eat this right now!”  At every house I’d tell him we had to wait and then finally by the new houses I couldn’t listen to it any longer.  I gave in and he had a chocolate.  Jack really didn’t care about the candy.  By that time he was pretty tired.  In fact, he kept sitting down in between houses.  Mind you, we were in a neighborhood of single family homes that are so close together that people mistake them for townhouses frequently.  He just couldn’t make it the 4 steps to the next door!  G was still asking for candy so Trav opened up a small bag of Swedish fish and we bribed Jack to go on with yummy fish.  Our kids were done!  Mary could have gone on all night.  She was adorable!

Our bee costumes were a hit.  It was fun to all dress up, though I’m not sure we will all do it again.  Poor Travis, though his company was the inspiration for our theme, got the short end of the stick having to wear the full bee mascot.  He took his head off often for a little breathing room!  All the kids were enamored with his costume.  Our next door neighbor, Campbell, wouldn’t leave Travis alone until he tried out the head on himself.  Then he didn’t want to take it off.  Another little girl down the street wanted to give him hugs and kept telling him how nice his costume was.  She is pretty cute too!  It was a cool evening and a school night, so we did much less of our normal hanging out on the street with neighbors.  It was a great Halloween and the boys are already planning their costumes for next year!

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