Another Halloween is in the books — Emma’s fourth and Charlotte’s first! This was definitely the first year that Emma really “got” the idea of trick-or-treating and she had a blast. On Friday, she and all her other school friends got to take a short bus ride over to the center of the space center to trick-or-treat at 3 different buildings.
Full disclosure: I was totally excited that she is old enough now to trick-or-treat on site! The last two years, she’s been on the “little kid” side of the daycare that stays there and trick-or-treats in the playroom or out back.
It was also fun to see how excited she was to wear the ladybug costume I made! After Emma saw me browsing Pinterest one day, she wanted specifically to look like this girl and fortunately, that was easy to accomplish. I ordered the antennas, red turtleneck, red tights, and black shoes from Amazon and got the black tutu at Target. The spots are made from black felt that I ironed onto the shirt with some Wonder Under.
Charlotte came along too (since nothing happens without her these days) and slept in the stroller as we walked. I decided not to put her in her costume for fear that she might spit up or poop on it — and it wasn’t washable. She was wearing a Halloween onesie for the occasion, at least!
I was happy that Friday went so well, because the forecast was calling for a lot of rain starting that afternoon and continuing into Halloween. Sure enough, the rain started — and we even got the “excitement” of a tornado warning at about 4:30 a.m. I happened to be up feeding Charlotte, so Jose brought Emma into our room and we all stayed together until the warning passed. (There really were a few tornadoes, but fortunately they were several miles from us, and they only caused damage to trees and a few homes — no injuries to people.)
Halloween was very, very rainy but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from putting my kids in adorable costumes, of course! (That first picture where Charlotte is sliding off Emma’s lap makes me laugh pretty hard.)
While Jose fixed dinner, Emma and I did a Halloween craft that my mom bought but ran out of time to do with her before she left. Emma did a pretty great job putting all the foam stickers on the witch! I didn’t help much at all — she would look at the package and tell me which piece she wanted next, I would peel off the backing, and she would carefully stick it in place.
Our doorbell started ringing at sunset, despite the fact that it was still drizzling outside. Emma loved answering the door and putting candy into other kids’ buckets by the handful (literally). A few minutes later she and I headed out to do some trick-or-treating of her own while Jose stayed back at the house with Charlotte. Emma LOVED it. She quickly caught on to the fact that we could go to houses with their lights on, and would point excitedly to every new destination.
The one thing she definitely didn’t like? Anyone dressed as a skeleton. At one point, she refused to cross the street with me because someone was standing on the other side in a black robe and skeleton mask holding a scythe. (To be fair, the dude was totally just standing there in front of a dark house being creepy.) And she made me pick her up when another one passed us on the sidewalk.
She even liked the mini “haunted house” someone had set up in their garage! The first time we went in, she wanted me to hold her so I did. Then she wanted to go again just holding my hand. Then she did it on her own a third time. Then a fourth time. And wanted to do it a fifth time but I finally convinced her to go to a new house.
We walked back home splashing in puddles the whole way. All in all it was a great Halloween!