Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Fun

Halloween day had been anticipated for quite some time. Especially since the kids began to suspect that Grandma and Grandpa were going to get their costumes. This was after much questioning from Grandpa about what they wanted to be for Halloween. Mira had wanted to be Fancy Nancy last year, but it never happened. This was her year! Grandma took her out and went crazy. Look at that getup. Doesn't get any cuter! She felt pretty special.
 Ella had asked to be Arwen from Lord of the Rings, after Micah had encouraed her to do so in order to match his costume. Well, she got what she asked for, but then the day arrived and she just really wanted to be something a little more Halloween-y. So here she is in my graduation robe with fake blood on her face. She was happy, although none of us knew what she was.
 Masks are banned from school, so Colin's screamer mask had to wait for trick-or-treating. Instead, he asked me to paint his face. He went with it.
 And Micah was most excited about his costume. He'd been wanting to be Frodo Baggins for a really long time. He's been growing out his hair for just this purpose (although he likes it and will want it to stay longer now). Look at those feet. Aren't they great? He even had the elfin ears to go with it.
 I tried to get a quick picture of everyone outside of school. Tried.
 At the Halloween parade, Matthew kept himself busy by being flipped, held upside down, and snuggled. He was patient.
 Let's get this show on the road.
 The parade was great. All the kids were so cute. It's fun to see all the different costumes. And the teachers dressed up too. We ended up in Mira's classroom so Chad could help out with her class party. Matthew kept entertained with the magnetic letters.
 Here's Mira at her orange table with her little friends. Kindergarteners are adorable!
 She had a lot of fun with the games. Even shared some of her donut with Matthew.
 Later that afternoon, I returned to school to help with Micah's class party. The moms who volunteered came up with some fun games. The kids were all smiles. At the end of the stations I read them Jerry Seinfeld's "Halloween." The kids thought it was pretty funny. Pumpkin bean bag toss:
 Cupcake decorating/spider cookies (There's Micah at the back):
 Bingo:
 Relay races:
 Now, down to the good stuff. Trick-or-treating! Matthew finally allowed me to put on his Elmo costume. This was only after I told him he couldn't go get candy if he wasn't dressed up. Once he got that message, he was okay with the costume.

 Ella got her Arwen costume on, after much difficulty with the wig. (Ultra-sensitve head with bobby pins.) Finally she was happy with the result and we called it good.

 Happy day!
 So glad that Michael called us and asked if he could join us this evening. I think he was missing his niece and nephew today. He had gone to his classes today and was the only person dressed up in a class of 300 people. He was bummed about the lack of enthusiasm, I think. So he was getting his fix here. I'd made white chicken chili and cornbread to fill up before we loaded up on the junk.
 Grandpa stayed back to hand out candy while Grandma and Michael came with us trick-or-treating. I need to buy more candy next year! We had more trick-or-treaters come through than last and I ran out at 7:30. Luckily it was a school night and I think most kids were wrapping it up soon after. Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa, for the costumes. It was a memorable Halloween spending it with you all!

Toward the end of the evening, we were talking together about the Jazz tickets Chad still had. Apparently, Chad could see in Michael's eyes that he really wanted to go, but didn't have someone to go with. Kind-hearted Chad, not one to leave somone in the lurch, offered himself as a partner to the game. Sacrifice is what it's all about. Right, Chad? :) So Mom and I wrapped up trick-or-treating with the younger ones. Colin and Micah were out with Orion and Pheonix and didn't get back til 9:15. The girls and I watched Addams Family and ate candy. The boys say they were the last ones out. I let them stay up and eat some of their candy and watch a movie. They didn't get to bed until 10:45. Too bad it's a school night!

1 comment:

Marsha said...

Amazing costumes. I'd forgotten that Micah had already been in preparations for Halloween. His Frodo looks very authentic.