So I'll be honest, I fully expected today to be a rant post. Before Halloween had even gotten under way I began mentally drafting a post about my dissppointment with the back slide of the whole Halloween experience; overun by teenagers and transplants looking for a free hand out, displacing the community event where neighbors interacted with each other and build a stronger sense of self by handing out treats to the little ones down they way, while parents taught their kids respect and gratitude by emphasising "please" and "thank you" simultaneously teaching their kids to use the walkway and not trampling the prized flowerbead and overwatered lawn. But for once I didn't get to this point. No out of town minivans pulled up with 40 people crammed in side this year. No grandmothers dressed in their grandsons cloths brought up the rear of a mob, seeking one more free "fun sized" snickers. Only about a dozen or so young adults bothered to attempt trick or treating this year, which is my biggest pet peeve of all. If you can legally drive a car. ... no treats for you. There was one which really pissed me off. ... kid was in street clothes save for a piece of paper taped to his shirt that said "costume". ... keep walking son, nothing here for you. My problem with these two groups is they ruin it for everyone else. Not only are we dodging skateboards and screaming teen hormones, but we can't even park in our own neighborhood because of all the out of town traffic that's arrived for free candy. As a result, this year nearly 50% of the homes in our neighborhood were dark in retaliation. ... that's not fair to my kids who are the ones this day was invented for. It's for cute little ghosts and goblins who can barely reach the doorbell, not for the back up quarterback on the high school football team and the out of towners. Anyways, I said this wasn't going to be a rant post (or at least I alluded to it not being one) so that part is done. Overall our Halloween was a real treat this year, the girls had an absolute ball. Dressed as fairy princesses, complete with twinkling wands, they eagerly bounded up entry ways, ringing door bells and gleefully shouting "trick or treat" when the homes inhabitants came out to greet them. My favorite part was the "thank you's". Genevieve would give her coy little "thank you" as she sheepishly turned her head, while Arianna would bend over, hands on her knees and scream through her smile the biggest "thank you" imaginable. That's the stuff that makes me happy. Yes, there is free candy tonight, but there's also a slew of free lessons we as parents are presented the opportunity to teach our children. ... I felt they did very well. I think the highlight for the girls might have been the Yo Gabba Gabba family, though. Grandmother dressed as Plex, granddaughter as Fuffa, and the mother had picked up the fathers DJ Lance mantle and combined it with her Muno ensemble. As we walked away the girls just stared back in wonder at the "magic robot", which really was the piece de la resistance of the group, and Genevieve kept mumbling "Plex, yellow; Plex yellow Dada". Afterwards (the girls lasted way longer than I ever would have imagined) they sat on their Elmo potties eating chocolate and doing their best not to fall asleep before peeing and getting their jammies on. It was every bit as magical as it was supposed to be. Now my other thing about Halloween is the pumpkins. Ever since I was a kid I loved carving pumpkins, but as those around me quickly learned I don't settle for faces. So every year I've striven to come up with something new and better than the last. I've done the Superman logo, an Autobot from Transformers and last year I even carved the girls profiles. ... so this year it seemed about time to turn the entire concept of a jack-o-lantern on it's head. ... literally. So I carved the S.S. Gourd and boarded her with a fearsome crew of produce pirates. As you can see in the picture below, the grape is forced to walk the plank at the tip of Captain Pickles sword.
By the end of the night, we even discovered that the Gourd was seaworthy and she took her maiden voyage in the pool.
For the girls pumpkin we kept it simple, a sweet little smiley face. ... just like theirs. As they get older, they can decide what they want to do with their vegetable, but for now we'll keep it traditional.
So ready for candy!
All in all, it was a great Halloween. And I look forward to next year when Rosaline can join us. In case you missed that, I just formally announced baby Bean's name for the first time. ... so get used to hearing it. Happy Halloween everybody.