Wow, for us not usually making a big deal of Halloween, we sure had a full day!
We ended the day with Trick-or-Treating in our neighborhood. Allie, upon remembering Trick-or-Treat last year, was extremely excited to dress up and go door to door. She insisted upon being a Cinderella bride this time (in favor of Princess Giselle). She needed no reminders of how to Trick-or-Treat, and was always the first one to the door so that she could ring the bell and yell in her loudest, most princess like shriek "TRICK OR TREAT!" After we went up and down our street, Ben even took her to a few more houses on the neighboring block while Zach and I held down the fort and handed out treats at home.
Zach, on the other hand, was a little bit more skeptical and was definitely NOT excited about wearing his costume. Although he went Trick-or-Treating last year, he obviously had no recollection of the event. We were finally able to convince him to keep his costume on after several attempts at explaining the fact that he would be carrying a bucket that people at different houses would fill up with candy if he kept his costume on. After he heard the word "candy," I'm pretty sure he was convinced that this might be something worth enduring. By about the third house, we had won him over and he also began chiming in with his own cute little "TWICK O TWEET!" Somehow I was able to get both kids to stand next to each other and got a fairly decent picture!And, you know Ben and I, we can't let the kids have all the fun. So, I went dressed as a bunny (thanks to Allie's dress-up box and some skillfully applied lipstick and eyeliner) and Ben went as a construction worker (thanks to...well...umm....his job). I still can't believe how much candy we came home with--at least five pounds (most of which got sent with Ben to work today so that he can pawn it off on his coworkers...of course after we both sorted through and ate the good stuff...mmm...Almond Joy...). I also can't believe how much candy the kids ate! I pretty much let them go nuts and they were on such a sugar high that it is a miracle they even went to sleep at all.
For the record, I did keep some of the candy for the kids...things like suckers, tootsie rolls, sweet tarts, smarties, and maybe a few chocolates. However, surprisingly, neither one of them has asked for any. We'll see how long that lasts!