Halloween 2012

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Before I tell you about Halloween day, let me tell you about the lead up to Halloween. So about 1 weeks before Halloween, Melissa got all the decorations up and read for Halloween. She hung a skeleton from the tree, made a wheelbarrow full of limbs, and put a life-size skeleton on one of the patio chairs beside the stoop at our front door. As you can see from the pictures, the kids absolutely loved the decorations. But then super-storm Sandy came into town. From the Friday before Halloween, which was on the following Thursday it rained everyday. It also started to get quite windy the closer it got to Halloween. The storm hit its worse for us on Monday evening, when the wind completely shredded some of the decorations and blew all of our patio furniture off the deck. In order to prevent any further damage we put everything into the garage until Halloween day to prevent further damage. Then on Halloween we got everything out again. Now compared to what happened in Manhattan, New Jersey and Long Island, I will take the rain and wind that we got any day. Needless to say it was an interesting lead up to Halloween.

Wheelbarrow full of severed limbs
Wheelbarrow full of severed limbs
Kids making scary faces in front of decorated house
Kids making scary faces in front of decorated house

On Halloween day this year Mama and Papa made a surprise visit to see the kids go trick or treating. We never told the kids they were coming, so they were really excited when they got home from school and saw them in the living room, dressed and ready for Halloween.

Mama & Papa with Abby & Aiden
Mama & Papa with Abby & Aiden
Mama with Aiden
Mama with Aiden
Melissa, Peter Abby & Aiden all dressed up
Melissa, Peter Abby & Aiden all dressed up

Before we went trick or treating we all got dressed and took few family pictures. Abby was dressed as the Princess Merida from the  Brave movie and Aiden chose to dress like a police officer. Melissa got dressed as “Crazy Cat Lady” and I brought Waldo back to life because it is an awesome costume and totally suits my stature. Once we got all the pictures taken we headed out with the kids and Mama & Papa stayed behind to greet the trick or treaters that came to our house.

Abby & Aiden on their way out to trick or treat
Abby & Aiden on their way out to trick or treat
Abby & Aiden at one of the houses trick or treating
Abby & Aiden at one of the houses trick or treating

When we headed outit was raining lightly and never really stopped for the duration of the evening. Both Abby & Aiden though never really complained about the rain at all for the entire, which makes sense since they had been talking about trick or treating every minute of the during the week leading up to Halloween. We went to about 20 houses in our neighbourhood finishing up with some at the end of our street. By the time they got to the last few houses people were telling them to take as much candy as they wanted because they were expecting no one else. So, of course both of our kids obliged their requests and filled their buckets.

When we got home, the kids and Mama & Papa dug into their candy. They brought home a huge bag that had every candy plausible and even a couple CDs for good measure. All in all it was an awesome Halloween.

Mama helping Aiden dig into candy
Mama helping Aiden dig into candy
Everyone enjoying some time after trick or treating.
Everyone enjoying some time after trick or treating.
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