This year was a Halloween first for us. For the past four years on Halloween night, the kids would already be asleep before the first trick-or-treaters came by. And to be honest, Andy and I liked it that way - no costumes, no sugar highs. And call us party poopers, but we'd usually turn all the lights off and hang out in the back of the house so people would think noone was home. Tsk tsk ... what a shame! Those were the days.
But the girls are growing up and are at an age to truly enjoy the festivities. So this year was different; we celebrated Halloween!!
Church Acadiana put on a Fall Fest which was fabulous! The ladies that worked so hard to pull it all off did an amazing job. There was gumbo, potato salad, hot chocolate, punch, chips and dips, candy galore, games for the kids, a fun jump, balloons, family pictures, hay rides, bonfire, etc... Even more fun than all of that was dressing silly and spending time with friends. It was a great experience. Actually, when we loaded up in the truck to go home (at 10:30!) C said, "Mom, I think this was the best night ever!" And the next morning M asked, "Mom, when's the next Halloween?" We all had a blast - even little A who got to play with balloons all evening and share a cookie with me. (Yes, there was a melt-down when the cookie was gone, but it was worth it.)
So what did we wear?! We went with a family theme. Andy was the farmer, and I was the farmer's wife. We brought along our animals -- cow (C), pig (M), lamb (J), and dog (A). The girls were thrilled with the costumes. Each animal came with a ear headband, a nose that made animal sounds, and a tail. We were able to use their regular clothes to complete the transformation (and save a good bit of money.)