If you don’t count the fact that I almost burnt our house down (ok not almost, but we did have a small fire) and it still stinks to high heaven the morning after, Halloween was a success.
But it’s hard not to count that little fact because dang, it is stinky.
I’m going to concentrate on the positive though. I mean, after all, it’s NOVEMBER now and we have lots to be thankful for. Our house is still standing, nothing aside from a piece of pita bread is actually charred, Dave is home from his second stint in China in October, and our bellies are filled with Kit Kats and Twix (my favorites). Whoops, that’s actually not something I’m grateful for…starting on macros again today, wish me luck.
Whoa, long digression here. Let’s get down to business.
Here was our line-up this year:
We had Alice in Wonderland:
(see the last post for the origin of that dress)
A very fancied-up alien:
…and a girl who couldn’t figure out what to be last minute…maybe a minion?
Ha! Love high school dress-ups 🙂
Oh and we can’t forget Bo Jangles’ first Halloween. She was pleased as punch to be a pumpkin.
I kid, ’cause nope, she didn’t like it at all, but she was a pretty good sport hanging around in it.
It just is. Fun for all of us actually 🙂 Poor pup.
Let’s back up to our neighborhood Fall Festival first that was on Saturday night.
I don’t have an overall picture, but boy, that thing is a wing-dinger every year.
Everything from a chili bake-off to bounce houses and pony rides and a climbing wall.
…and dress ups like these:
I mean, wow.
Everyone lines up lawn chairs around this whole place and kids “trunk-or-treat” like nobody’s business.
I loved that when Lucy was done she came and hung with me and handed out a bunch of the candy she had received since I ran out.
We had to FaceTime poor Dave who missed out on all the fun over on the other side of the world.
Everyone knows that aliens wear sparkly skirts, right?
Then it was all chaos and craziness from there. Our neighbors came over for soup in the middle of our smoke-filled house:
We sent Lucy off to trick-or-treat for the first time without parents which worried me to death, but so grateful for these gems of girls and flashlights that helped her out so much in the dark.
Claire went off to celebrate with these folks:
Grace headed out to the desert to watch a movie and then to another party,
And we set up our little traditional station with our neighbors at the end of our cul-de-sac…
…and talked as we handed out drinks and candy to all kinds of characters roaming the neighborhood.
The candy-haul was successful for all.
(I love these girls more than I could ever put into words…they are true angels from Heaven)
And finally we tucked everyone in bed, and bid this pita bread adieu.
Who knows how to get that smoke smell out??