I'm kind of a Scrooge when it comes to Halloween...
all the gory and creepy things don't appeal to me at all,
and I can count on daily frustrations for the next week or two as my kids want way more candy than they ought to have.
But even so, their excitement tends to improve my attitude a little,
and it is so fun to see little kids in costume.
This year my boys (who have never actually seen Star Wars) decided to be Jedi knights
while Lincoln trooped along as "Baby Yoda."
Yes, he's 2, but hearing him tell people he was "Baby-Oda" was one of the best parts of the holiday!
Next year, if I make their costumes, I probably ought to not wait until the morning of Halloween to get them ready for the 2:00 grandkid-party at Grammy's house. Let's see if I remember that lesson when the time comes.
All in all, we had a great time--
even with my general distaste for the holiday, the stress of making their costumes so quickly, the pumpkins we promised to carve that are still waiting for us to make good on that promise, and the less-than-perfect Halloween treats I took to Talmage's class party.
Because happy kids make for a happy mama.
And we certainly had happy kids.
The party began with a special Halloween storytime
and the "ghost eggs" readily available for playing with
(water beads in a bowl of water--they were so crazy and fun!).
Then the kids used Sharpies to decorate their own miniature pumpkins.
Uncle Corban and Aunt Laura showed us just what happens when pumpkins eat too much candy
(with a little help from dry ice and dish soap!).
The kids also enjoyed playing with balls, a storybook scavenger hunt, watching a Halloween cartoon, and making their own pizzas before going home with their Halloween themed favor bags!
As all the grandkids got ready for trick-or-treating,
I snagged some pictures of each of them (plus Aunt Avalon/Belle) in costume.
And I can't help but smile each time Lincoln asks me soberly, "Can-I have...twick-a-tweet cah-dee?"
(P.S. Things have been a little quiet on this blog lately. Every now and then I get in over my head with life's demands and something has to go on the back burner. Life is busy, but it is the happiest kind of busy I can imagine!)