It’s been so dark in the mornings lately that Eleanor couldn’t understand why she couldn’t go Trick-or-Treating the moment she woke up today.
“You can go trick-or-treating after dinner tonight,” I explained.
“But it’s dark now,” she patiently explained, pointing out the window.
When dawn broke shortly after breakfast, she became quite Put Out.
“Why is the sun rising?!?” she wailed. “The sun is not supposed to shine on Halloween! It’s supposed to be all spooky and scary outside!”
Absolutely nothing I said could console her. She just stood by the picture window in our front room and pointed at the rising sun, her face puckered with indignation.
“THE SUN CAN’T COME UP! THIS IS CHEATING!!”
Ah, my daughter: constantly upset that she can’t literally control the universe.
Needless to say, she perked up once the day got going. I managed to scrounge up orange striped shirts for the kids, and even found a black-and-orange hairbow for her hair. She loved posing with the pumpkins Grandma & Grandpa helped carve this afternoon.
The grandparents were even kind enough to bring supplies for making Jack ‘o Lantern pita pizzas so I wouldn’t have to cook today. My contribution to the meal was to get a box of Halloween donuts from the Banbury Cross bakery. They make darling holiday donuts in the shapes of cats, bats, pumpkins, and ghosts. Adorably delicious, and the kids loved going to pick them up with me, especially since we got to sample a still-warm-from-the fryer fresh batch of chocolate glazed. Mmmm.
Here they are in their costumes, just seconds before heading off to get treats. Brian’s been out of town all week for a conference, and just got back this afternoon. The kids were really excited to do this with him. I was really excited to have some time to myself.
Eleanor is Snow White, Jeffrey is Robin Hood, and Wimmy is one cute tiger. Brian wore the tiger costume when he was a little kid, and his mom was thrilled to see it in action once more. The Robin Hood costume is one my mother made for my little brother years ago, and she helped me make Eleanor’s costume this year as well. Isn’t it gorgeous? But of course, I thought Wimmy stole the show.
The kids finished Trick-or-Treating quite early but still brought home a nice haul of goodies. Other kids were still coming to our door, though, so Jeff, Ella & Wim had the exciting fun of handing out candy themselves. They scampered to the front door in nightgowns and pajamas, eager to hand over our big orange treat bowl. Jeffrey even bestowed a glow stick from his own treats on a boy he knows from church. “Take this to light you on your way,” Jeff said, all solemn.
When we began to run low on candy, the kids became very concerned. “We’re running out!” cried Jeffrey, counting the last few fun-size bars in the bowl. “Let’s put in some of the candy from our treat bags!” It was sweet that he was ready to give away his own goods, but I told them that all we had to do was turn off our front porch light, and the problem would be solved. This they did with gusto.