This year's Halloween started off with a costume parade at Emersen's school. I have never seen so many Elsa's in one place!
The kids have thus far made Halloween costumes really easy for me. At first, Emersen wanted to be Jessie from Toy Story, but then we saw this darling Elsa dress on a daily deal site and she really wanted it. So she chose to use that for Halloween instead. (I basically refuse to spend a fortune on costumes, call me stingy.) Bentley just wanted to be Batman and specifically wanted to use the shirt and mask that he got for his birthday. "All I need is some black pants," he said. His black church pants and shoes came to the rescue, and he was happy as a clam.
We invited some friends over for dinner and trick-or-treating. Daniel had the menu all planned out. We had minestrone soup, watermelon brain, mummy hot dogs, and cookies. I also fried up some beignets from a mix I picked up at the Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans a couple years ago. Good thing we had someone to share them with!
Bentley got really tired waiting for nighttime to come so we could go trick-or-treating.
All the kids ready to go!
Emersen wanted to take care of this baby all night.
As soon as we said go, the oldest two were off and running. Stanford also ran pretty much the whole time, though not quite as fast. He was adored everywhere he went. He would get to the door and say, "Chi-chi-chi" and then bring the candy (usually two pieces) back to me to put in his bag before running to the next house.
Our neighborhood was perfect for the event. We went down one side and back the other, making a couple cul-de-sac detours. Stanford and I came home about halfway through, and Daniel went out and took my place. It started raining on them shortly after that, so the kids were cold and wet when they finally came home. Of course, they immediately sorted their candy and took inventory.
This was the very first time we were at our own neighborhood for the holiday. In the past, we have gone to either Daniel's parents' or sister's house. But I think we had just as much fun this year! The kids are already planning what to be next year.