Because of Elsie, this has been a pretty low-key Halloween for us. We mostly relied on friends and family to make sure the kids had fun, and then Cody worked and I stayed home and watched Doctor Who all evening and snuggled with the baby. Still, it was a great Halloween and deserves to go in the memory books!
We encouraged the kids to pick simple costumes this year, since we didn't know who would be dressing them up. Lee was a vampire, Annalisa was a witch, and Katie was a pumpkin. They were all cute and very spooky. Lee and Anna got to wear their costumes to school, and of course Katie had to be in the pictures too. For a while she was wearing her clothes, her new ballerina leotard, and her pumpkin costume... in that order. It was quite the feat to get everything off in time to go potty.
After school and homework, it was time to get ready for the Halloween festivities! Well, not too much homework, just a bit of reading: Lee's primary homework for the day was a "Track your Loot" candy graph. I thought it was mighty clever--teaching the kids how to graph and sort and some data analysis with their Halloween candy. So anyway, we asked our next door neighbor kid, who is almost 13, to take the children Trick-or-Treating (note to self--probably should ask an adult next year). Cody first took them down to our friend's house who was having a soup party, and then left the kids there with some responsible guardians, and he came back to work, bringing me a bowl of soup with him. The kids then went out Trick-or-Treating. Lee went with the bigger kids, Anna and Katie went with Katie's best friend Kate. Kate and Katie are about 5 weeks apart in age and LOVE to fight with each other. They are amazingly adorable together, though. Anna got cold after about thirty minutes and came home. Lee was next to come back, when he realized he didn't have a Trick-or-Treating companion any more (yeah, I'm still having a bit of a heart attack at the fact that a friend of a friend found him alone, but proud of Lee that he told them he was going home and came straight to the house safe and sound). Katie stayed out the latest, with buddy Kate and Kate's parents.