Our first suburban Halloween. Our decorations didn't compare to the houses with the Halloween laser light show or the fog machines, but we did the best we could.
Safety first when transporting your skeleton home from Target.
One unexpected peril of suburban life - the wildlife lying in wait to snack on our pumpkins under cover of darkness. Squirrels are a menace.
Boys made "literary" pumpkins for a fifth grade challenge. Medusa and Harry Potter were awesome but couldn't compete with the pumpkin Ichabod Crane riding a close-to-life-size horse constructed entirely out of duct tape. Like I said, the moms in this town really bring it on the Pinterest front.
Busted during the school Halloween parade actually talking and laughing with other kids (he claims he doesn't talk in class, we are onto him).
Ready to hit the streets. Fantasy football (Henry now believes that all costumes must be "punny" to be worthwhile, I felt a little bad at the thought of his costume going completely over the heads of his fellow first graders yet applaud the sentiment).
Veloci-rapper (get it? ha). Making the hat and tail thanks to the wonders of the glue gun was one of my greatest triumphs.
Hawaiian Punch ready to go.
And two last-minute "jewel thieves" after Henry decided we should accompany him in costume.
Brendan and Owen made plans to trick or treat with a pack of their friends, and we were informed that parents were not invited. So we set off with Henry, feeling a little sad that this would be his first year trick or treating with just us instead of with his brothers and a "crew." Henry didn't quite get the nuances of suburban trick or treating - at one point when I pointed out a house offering candy, he informed me, "NO MORE PIT STOPS!" I had to gently break it to him that the "pit stops" were the entire point. When we passed a group of kids chanting "WE WANT CANDY!" he turned to me and asked, "Isn't that the entire point of Halloween?" And at one house, when I asked if he could say happy halloween to the person offering him treats, he responded "no I'm incapable."
We happened to meet up with the bigs and their tween horde fairly early in the evening. They let Henry come along with them and he was so very thrilled to be part of the gang. Brendan and Owen were so sweet about keeping an eye out for him and reminding all their friends to wait up for him. Heart them. Also hilarious was hearing Owen repeatedly scold his friends for their candy grabs (taking all the candy whenever a bowl was left out with a gentle request to "just take two!") - "WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? ARE YOU ANIMALS?!?" I am so proud.
The next day, they turned Owen's second closet into a candy store - "Trio's Treats" - how Owen managed to persuade the other two to essentially turn over their entire candy stash to his safekeeping and how we have an entire empty closet that can be converted at a moment's notice to candy storage are two great mysteries to me.