For Halloween this year some of us recycled last year's costumes. Mike and I dressed up with Madeline which was a ton of fun. Madeline was Little Red Riding Hood, Mike was the woodcutter, and I was the big bad wolf dressed up in granny's nightgown. Emma and Abby went as Totoro and Pikachu. Since we didn't go trick or treating last year it was fun to take Madeline out this year. Both girls had some friends over for the night. Emma and Lauren when out with Madeline while Abby and her friends held down the fort at home. Madeline was super excited to go trick or treating but as we walked from house to house, she was very vocal about not going up to any house that had scary pretend spiders or other spooky things. Needless to say, it was a quick walk around the block before Madeline was ready to be done with trick or treating. She was just as happy handing out candy to the kids who knocked on our door. Emma and Lauren went back out and Abby and her friends headed out to get some candy of their own. Madeline enjoyed being part of the candy exchange with the older girls after they got back to the house. It was amazing how much candy Madeline got after only doing a small loop in our neighborhood.
Halloween 2020 is definitely one we will all remember. It was about halfway through the month of October when I realized I had no plan for costumes. Our original idea wasn't going to work since we had anticipated buying those costumes in Germany earlier in the year. When that trip got canceled so did our fun family costume. Since Madeline still wanted to do Halloween, I knew I had to think fast so I headed on over to Etsy and found the perfect costume. One of her favorite nursery tales is Little Red Riding Hood. Naturally, it was a good fit and fun for us to dress up with her. Mike was the woodcutter, I was the old granny, Emma was the wolf and Madeline was Little Red Riding Hood. Abby dressed up as a witch this year and Peter agreed to be in the family photo, so I bought him something to match Mike. Instead of trick or treating we spread candy along the trail at Fox Run Park and let her at it. It was much easier and safer than going to stranger's homes this year. Madeline loved it so much we might have to include that as part of our Halloween tradition before heading out to people's homes next year.
As we were all trying to come up with what our family costume would be this year Mike had the great idea to buy something that we could wear throughout the year. We settled on a New Jersey mob family all dressed in Adidas track suits. Mike and I bought big gold chain necklaces with a big letter W on them for us and the girls wore black beanie caps. For Madeline, we found her the cutest little track suit and gave her a plastic bat. We had a great time showing up for our ward trunk or treat. Mike was totally in character, accent and all. The trunk or treat was probably the lamest one we have ever been to, but the kids still had fun getting candy. We had to do it inside since it was so cold outside. On actual Halloween night, Abby went with her friends and dressed up as a 20’s girl. Each of her friends dressed from one of the eras. Emma went with her friends and dressed up as the red M&M. Her other friends were different colored M&Ms. Peter manned the house for a bit while Mike and I took Madeline out trick or treating. We only went down 2 streets since it was freezing outside. We ended up dressing her up in a 50's poodle skirt since it seemed more kid appropriate. She had so much fun this year knocking on doors to get candy. There were a few blow up props in our neighbors' yard that scared her, but she was definitely braver this year.
Halloween in Colorado is always so unique because it could either be super warm or freezing cold. This year it decided to snow on us. Since this is our 6th Halloween here the kids were not really phased by the snow and cold and were still excited to go trick or treating with their friends. As in years past, I dropped in on Abby's ES class Halloween party to take a few photos and see all the costumes. The kids were having a great time playing different games and eating yummy treats. I can't believe that this is Abby's last year to enjoy these fun class parties since she will be in middle school next year.
For Halloween night the kids were all scattered this year. Abby went with her A-team friends (Avery, Anna, Addy, and August) while Emma went with her friends Natalie, Grace and Keira. Andrew went to a Halloween party at Sam's house and then went over to Brady's while Peter hung out with Josh and went trick or treating up in Pine Creek. Mike and I took Madeline down our street of houses to do a little trick or treating. She thought it was so much fun. Mike put on his Sulley costume since it was warm and Madeline loved holding his hand as we walked down the sidewalk. We decided to dress Madeline up in a warmer costume so we pulled out the giraffe costume that all the kids wore when they were her age. Everyone thought she was adorable and she was pretty shy when the older kids stopped to tell her how cute she was. Every once in a while we came across some costumes that Madeline did not like but we quickly skirted past and all was well.
This year we all went as characters from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Mike was Gandalf, Sara was Arwen, Andrew was Frodo Baggins, Peter was a Ringwraith, Emma was Galadriel, Abby was Tauriel, and Madeline wore the cutest shirt that said My Precious on it while sporting a golden binky. It was a miracle that we were able to get everyone on board this year to dress up together for Andrew's last Halloween with us.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS & THE HOBBIT
ABBY'S CLASS PARTY
HALLOWEEN NIGHT WITH MADELINE
We had so much fun at the church Trunk or Treat this year. The entire family decided to dress up together and go as characters from Lord of the Rings. It took some convincing to get Andrew to join us but I'm glad he did. Since Mike's costume hadn't arrived yet he quickly pulled out the Sulley costume and took the broken door and wrote Boo's door on it. All of the kids thought it was hilarious. He had so much fun interacting with all the little kids. Madeline loved some of the games as well as the girls. The boys had fun being in the haunted house again this year. Peter screamed so much he lost his voice. When it was time to do the trunk or treat outside I let the girls go off with their friends while I took Madeline around to get candy. She was SO CUTE and said trick or treat at each of the cars with a little thank you after. She wasn't even scared and just went from car to car gathering more goodies in her bag. After going around once I sat her down on the sidewalk and let her pick out a piece of candy to eat. She was in heaven.