We have entered to fun years of Halloween! Charlie "gets it" and spent the entire month of October excited about Halloween night. Brad cut his work trip short so he could be back in time to trick or treat with us. I haven't been this excited about Halloween since I was a kid.
Charlie's been telling me since, oh, August, that he wanted to be Batman, though there was a week there where he switched to Spiderman. I bought most of his costume on Etsy, which is where mothers who don't sew can go to buy things from mothers who do. The cape is actually reversible, with Spiderman on the other side, in case he changed his mind. And then I just added a black t-shirt and sweatpants from Target. He loved his costume.
On Halloween morning there was a parade of kids in costumes at preschool before they went back to their classrooms for their Halloween parties. All the kids looked so cute. Charlie looked like a deer in headlights, but Spiderman was coaxing him along. His classroom has this group of little boys that are all good friends - and big fans of the superheros.
We decorated one of the pumpkins with the Mr. Potato Head skeleton kit:
Finally it was time to get in costume! We headed across the street to our neighbor's driveway for our potluck dinner with our neighbors. I made the macaroni and cheese from the Williams-Sonoma Comfort Food cookbook and oh. my. gosh. That is a yummy recipe.
Getting the kids to eat was a challenge, per usual. Charlie was so excited when Daddy got home that any hopes of eating real food were dashed. Let's just get this sugar rush started.
Charlie and his good friend Owen were bouncing off the walls! Owen dressed as Darth Vader. At one point we couldn't find them and they had walked right into our other neighbors' house and started playing in their basement play room. Make yourselves at home boys!
Charlie trick or treated a bunch with his friend Superman. His mom was wearing a Wonder Woman t-shirt that I am very jealous of. I have always been a huge Wonder Woman fan. Next year, that's my costume!
Some people really went all out with their decorations this year. I feel like a bit of a Halloween slacker. I'll have to put some more effort into it when Charlie gets older and doesn't want me trick or treating with him anymore.
At the end of the night, though, we had a pretty upset kid. He didn't want the fun to end. And he definitely didn't want to go to bed! The next morning he told me he was going trick or treat again that night. When he saw me pulling down the Halloween decorations, he burst into tears and told me to stop! Now that's a kid who loves Halloween.