It’s Halloween again, and we observed all of the usual tradition. Evan and Alex each chose big pumpkins to carve, supplying us with an ample pile of roasted seeds to go with the huge mess in the kitchen. Alex chose to be a policeman (handcuffs and all), while Evan picked Hawkeye (the Avengers character) because he’s an archer. It was a beautiful night for trick-or-treating. We probably visited 60 houses before the boys were convinced they had enough candy. Evan said his arm was getting tired from lugging his pumpkin after the first 30 or so, but insisted we had to soldier on.
The other pictures below are from an event at a local nursery. We went to see a presentation about bats, and they happened to have these inflatable balls in a pool of water. The boys had to go twice. As you can imagine, it was a blast.
After a few years of superheroes (ninja turtles, Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man…), the boys both decided to go for a throwback year. Alex went with a simple “devil” costume, while Evan decided on Count Dracula (not just any old vampire, mind you). Alex was going to paint his face to round out the look, but decided that the paint was too annoying. They definitely have the routine down. We met up with a couple of friends from school, and it turned into a hectic spring from house to house. Twice, the kids decided that since no one had answered within 10 seconds of ringing the doorbell that no one must be home, and ran off to the next house just before the door opened. Chalk it up to optimizing candy count.
The Halloween season started with the traditional pumpkin carving. They boys were in a “bigger is better” mindset this year, and both chose large pumpkins – which meant a long of pulp to clean out! They both went with vampire-themed pumpkins. Unfortunately, the rabbits in the neighborhood figured out that carved pumpkins were essentially an open dinner invitation. All of the jack-o-lanterns had their faces eaten out before Halloween night!
We had an absolutely perfect evening for trick or treating. Evan went as Batman, and oh, did he get into the part! He had a utility belt, stocked with grappling hooks and “bat-a-marangs”. Alex dressed as Peter Pan. He looked really cute in his costume. Unfortunately, most people guessed he was Robin Hood, which by the end of the evening had been translated to just “Robin”, and someone even thought they were out together as Batman and Robin! Eventually the thought of filling up the pumpkins with candy overwhelmed any concern about who they were supposed to be. They both came home with an easy 3 pounds in candy – enough to keep our house on a sugar high through the Spring…