I just wanted to take a moment to quickly update our family on the Halloween festivities. (Or more precisely, the lack thereof.)
Despite multiple pleas, I could not convince the boys to carve pumpkins this year. What a bummer!
As you know, most years I spend a great deal of effort concocting very special costumes. This year was really a struggle. Neither boy really wanted to dress up. Just yesterday, Ben carefully announced to me that he no longer believes in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny… (*sniff, sniff…) Luckily after watching the Avengers a few weeks ago, Ben decided that he would like to be Captain America. Grandma Patty sent him the most amazing costume. Once we received it, it was hard to convince him to take it off and wait for Halloween!
Jake had decided that he would rather hand out candy than go trick or treating. He decided he was much too old for such things… Until he saw a fun looking toy gun at the Halloween store. Then, he reluctantly decided to go as an Army Commando, if it meant getting to play with the props. On the upside, I think the boys will get hours of play time with these costumes beyond robbing the neighbors of candy.
The boys did a great job trick or treating this year. Appleton actually has FOUR solid hours of trick or treating, of which the boys can only handle about 40 minutes. I really thought this year would be different. Ben had in fact joked that he was walking and running with me lately to “train” for trick or treating as I had trained for my half marathon! Both boys boasted how they would keep on the path till they had hit every house in town…. Alas, we made it a few blocks before heaving bags began to wear them down. Even after heading home and eating dinner (and candy, obviously) they did not feel as though they were up for further festivities, so we called it a night.
The highlights of our 2o12 trick or treating experiences consisted of the boys actually displaying manners, (whooo hoo for ‘thank yous’!) and keeping their grabby hands to a minimum. One particularly festive house had zombies wandering around the front yard. Jake bravely crossed through the cemetery to retrieve his candy from a bowl on the porch. Ben studied the zombies closely then carefully started out crossing away from their path towards the porch. A man in a ghillie suit jumped out and scared Ben nearly out of his Captain America suit. As Ben screamed, the zombies headed in his direction. Ben screamed, “OH WHATEVER, I DON’T CARE ANYMORE!” Jake bravely lead him on a second attempt to the porch. When Ben got to the porch and reached his hand towards the bowl, another monster took to life and grabbed him. Ben immediately started screaming and bashing him with his star spangled shield. It was all Ryan and I could do not to fall over laughing. Once Ben was safely back to the sidewalk, he displayed the good humor he was known for, thanked the undead, and congratulated them on such a great house.
Jake and Ben are in negotiations now with trading their candy… Ben giving up his fruity candy in exchange for Jake’s unwanted chocolates. Overall, they had a great haul this year. Happy Halloween everyone!