I realize Halloween is viewed differently by many. Some people will have nothing to do with it, and some “go all out,” complete with all the scare and gore. We try to keep the wide range of perspectives in mind (we stay away from the scare and gore though), and our family treats it as just a fun time for the kids. Ever since Ali and Zach were little, it has been a fun time for our family to spend time with others in our family. This year was no exception.
We had a relaxing day at home, and carved our pumpkins in the afternoon. They turned out great!
We went to my brother and sister-in-law, Pat and Stacie’s later in the day. I showed up at their door dressed as a doctor in scrubs, which no one expected. (A doctor costume showed up at the Mission on Tuesday, which was just going to get thrown away, so it was given to me.) Bill encouraged me to wear it, Zach laughed at me, and Ali was appauled of her mother dressing up! I found the kids’ play doctor bag and accessories from when they were toddlers, and made them a part of my costume. I thought the costume looked pretty darn good. 🙂
You should have seen Pat’s children’s faces…they weren’t quite sure what to make of this doctor showing up at their door…until they realized it was Aunt Julie. 🙂
Ali didn’t dress up, but wore her new North Face hat, which I love. Zach was a soccer player (what a surprise!), Patrick was a Viking football player, Bennett was Luke Skywalker and Reagan was a balerina fairy.
The kids had fun trick-or-treating, and it was a pretty nice evening. We walked through the town as a big group, going from house to house. It brought back memories of when Pat and I used to walk through our town trick-or-treating thirty-some years ago. Here we were as adults, trick-or-treating together with our children! 🙂
We went back to their home for chili and all the fixins. The kids emptied their candy on the floor and did what Pat and I used to do…trade our candy. It brings a smile to my face as I think about how we used to do that. 🙂
It was a later night than normal, but it was nice to know we would turn our clocks back an hour before going to bed, and maybe we wouldn’t miss the sleep. We created some wonderful and fun memories last night. I cherish each one.
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