We had some spooky fun last night (okay two nights ago, according to when this got published).
Oldest daughter went trick or treating with a friend of hers who came over to our home.
Middle and youngest daughter went trick or treating with dad.
Many of our neighbors stand outside in costume waiting for the kids to come by. We’ve been doing this for years.
It occurred to me this was a special and fairly uncommon tradition on our block because I had a chat with one of our new neighbors who moved in down the street. She commented on how nice it was that we were all outside greeting the trick-0r-treaters, instead of having to go up to a house and knock on the door.
During down times, we walk down by our neighbors and chat. My girls got a big kick out of two of our neighbors who dressed like Minions from Despicable Me.
It was actually rainy for much of the day, but it stopped during the trick-or-treating, though it made the skies a nice creepy gray.
I even got into the spirit this year and decorated with inexpensive store-bought decorations I found. In the past, sometimes we made our own, but then they’d fade in the sunlight.
The girls wanted to carve Minions into their pumpkins and my littlest one wanted a cat.
I was having some fun scouring the sales the past couple of days since most of it was marked down 70-80%.
I love these bottles and laboratory “glassware” – I almost pulled out my actual glass beakers, Erlenmyer flask and round-bottom glass flask, but I found plastic versions filled with candy that were much more safe.
Believe it or not, I’m keeping this up for the weekend, and I’ll take it down Sunday since I only started decorating for real the day before Halloween.
Next year I’m going to plan more in advance and decorate like a Mad Scientist laboratory, I think.
No spiders allowed though…the younger two don’t like them.
On Sunday, I’ll start putting up the Thanksgiving decorations I bought, also mostly 70% off. Sadly, the Thanksgiving items are clearing out pretty fast and they’ve got barely any left to make room for Christmas stock.