I actually had a lot of fun doing Halloween this year. Both kids were into the whole costume thing, the weather was fantastic, and it was on a Friday to boot! Granted, Maxon and I had to be up at 5:30am the next morning to head out to this little place called Disneyland… but that’s a whole other story.
The first part of the Halloween festivities was trolling Pearl Street’s Munchkin Masquerade. In short, they invite the entire town of Boulder’s children to trick-or-treat at participating stores and restaurants along 3 city blocks. It’s chaos. Hordes of people, way too many wide strollers, and loads of candy-grubbers, some being adults sending their toddlers into the fray for specific candy. We spent our 30 minutes at the least busy part of the madness and when their purposely-tiny Halloween bags were full, we headed home.
We got home in time to ready the house for potential trick-or-treaters. We live in a kid-friendly area but we don’t usually see very many trick-or-treaters at our house yet we are ready for an onslaught at any time (read: I buy way too much candy. And I only buy what I like. Win-win.) We invited some friends over to trick-or-treat with us and armed with flashlights and glow sticks, we headed out to storm the neighborhood. At least, one block on either side of our house.
I didn’t have to carry a single kid. The children remembered their “trick-or-treats” and “thank yous”. Costumes stayed intact. The flashlights were a hit. Let’s do it again next year!