November 01, 2006

Halloween '06: The Aftermath

...more on flickr...

What can I say about the weekend? Or rather, what else can I say about the weekend...since I did kinda mention some of what went down earlier. So, let's see...since we last spoke we've had lots of hardcore swinging (and by hardcore swinging I mean actual swinging...Beth and I weren't up to anything like that...not this weekend at least) and some pretty intense playing. Then our home was invaded by ghouls, superheroes, pirates, robots, princesses, kings, queens, bandits and one kid who just zipped his hoodie over his head. Thank god we restocked our candy supplies after Beth and I managed to eat half of it over the weekend (my fault for opening all the bags).

Mia didn't hit the neighborhood begging for candy. We're saving that for next year. Good thing - she seemed a little apprehensive about all the freaks knocking on the door. Except that kid with the hoodie. I could tell she thought that was pretty lame too.

So, what did you guys do for Halloween?

Posted by Chris at November 1, 2006 07:05 AM

Mia looked adorable in her costume!

That reminded me of THE BEST costume in my family. One year I made my son a Bat Man costume. Really not a big deal, I appliqued the Bat Man logo on a pair of black sweats, made a hat out of a black stocking hat with ears on it, and a black cape. This was when he was 3 and he continued to wear that cape until he was 7 years old.

By that time, of course, the use of the cape had evolved into all-superhero-character use. When he was scared to go to the hospital one time when he cut his foot at the beach, we transported him in his swim suit and cape--for courage.

I still have it in my hope chest, hoping to bring it out to him when his children have their first Halloween.

Posted by: kristen at November 1, 2006 07:18 AM

That kid is too cute.

We stayed home with a huge bowl of candy, only to have virtually no kids come by. The kids in this hood are punks, yo.

Posted by: Contrary at November 1, 2006 07:25 AM

We took our rugrat out, but only for a short time. He really needed to show off his super powers -yeah Superman. He was running so fast down the driveways that I thought he would take flight.

We never get any trick or treaters. I always have something around in case some finally show up, but, once again, no dice.

Posted by: hr mommy at November 1, 2006 07:31 AM

We stayed home and passed out candy. We anticipated more of the hoodie-type kids but only got well-dressed ones in the appropriate trick-or-treating age bracket.

Posted by: Emily at November 1, 2006 07:41 AM

We don't get trick-or treaters at our house--we live too far out. It's sad, because I'd love to hand out candy.

I took the boys out trick-or-treating. One Ninja and one Sir Peter (Chronicles of Narnia) made the trek through 2 neighborhoods in our town. We have more candy than we know what to do with. Want some candy?

Posted by: Alissa at November 1, 2006 07:44 AM

I sat here, in my witches hat waiting! No one came. Obviously they heard about me on the street. I'm one mean witch! (At least that's what Hubby says!)

Posted by: Maribeth at November 1, 2006 07:59 AM

Sat at home alone with all the lights off catching up on tivo'ed shows. I hate Halloween. I am the Scrooge of Halloween. The hubs took the kiddo trick or treating with his friends. I sat in the dark and tried to keep the dogs from jumping through the windows at all the ghouls and monsters walking by.

Bah Humbug.

Posted by: Lisa at November 1, 2006 08:03 AM

Aw, I love Kristen's story. That's so sweet!
I handed out a bit of candy, then went over to a friend's house...we went out for ice cream, then went back to her place to play I guess all the killing was kind of festive? Um?

Posted by: Heather at November 1, 2006 08:14 AM

The best moment for me last night was bittersweet. This is the first halloween that my dog is not around and one kid asked me where Dexter was? I told him that he died. He plopped himself on my stoop and cried.

Besides that, it was fun seeing the kids.

Posted by: Wicked H at November 1, 2006 08:16 AM

We went trick or treating around. Our son is almost a year old and he dressed as a Lion. While out we saw Dorthy and the Scarecrow. Checkout our blog for pics.

Posted by: Josh at November 1, 2006 08:23 AM

My daughter has Lasik surgery, my husband went to a basketball game and I handed out candy. My daughter was at home with me and she tried to hand out candy, but really...after having your eye lasered she wasn't all that much help.

I love to see the little kids, but much too often there were big goblins at my door and I don't like that as much.

Posted by: daisy at November 1, 2006 08:40 AM

Me, I stayed home and handed out candy to all goobers and goblins :) Had maybe 30 children all told. I am glad it is over though. I hate scary shows and that is about all there was on t.v. last night. Well we can all don our pilgrim hats now.
Hugs to you, Beth, and Mia!

Posted by: Pat (Trish) at November 1, 2006 08:47 AM

We partied on Saturday, and last night we just sat home handing out candy and collecting comments on my awesome jackolantern.

Posted by: Adam at November 1, 2006 09:02 AM

We did "trunk or treat" at a local church (LDS). They serviced nachos and homemade root beer and played 50's music while the kids went around to all the open trunks cleaning up on candy.

Then on to a neat haunted house and listened to the screams (of delight of course).

Home for hot chocolate and brownies, each with a candle stuck in for our youngest's Halloween 11th birthday.

And they're up already. Yikes. More coffee needed - now.

Posted by: ann adams at November 1, 2006 09:24 AM

We bought way too much candy (don't go to Costco to buy Halloween candy when you're hungry!). And then we only got a handful of kids. I brought all of the extra candy to work, because if I eat anymore of it... well... my pants are not going to fit me anymore. :P

We went out on Saturday night. I was a french maid and my boyfriend was a butler. We should have made candlesticks a la Clue, but we just had daggers. I alternated between dusting the fake cobwebs at the parties that we went to and pretending to stab the other guests in the back. It was all fun until I got brained by the guitar of someone dressed like Keith Richards. I felt like that crowd surfer!

Posted by: Hope at November 1, 2006 09:35 AM

I have far, far too much candy in my house, between our over-buying and Elizabeth getting a grand haul.

Posted by: amber at November 1, 2006 09:36 AM

Our cowgirl and Thomas the Tank engine went out for a circuit around the block, and then we came home and handed out candy. Ethan (Thomas the Tank Engine) was very gung-ho on handing it out, every time the doorbell rang, he was up and at the door like a shot. I think handing out was just as fun as the getting for him.

Posted by: amy at November 1, 2006 09:59 AM

Great shots! Funny, I've been there a gazillion times, but don't ever recall that big castley building...

That baby of yours it waaaayyyyy too cute!

Posted by: Karen at November 1, 2006 10:07 AM

Way cute pictures of Mia! :) She is super adorable. AND I love the one of the have an eye, my friend. Very cool.

Halloween was as lame as it ever trick or treaters ever come my way.

Posted by: Michelle at November 1, 2006 10:20 AM

I can trump your kid with the hoodie. A teenage girl, maybe 14 or 15 came to my door while talking on her cell phone!!!! What is this world coming to???

We went trick or treating with Kyra and she had a blast. If we stayed to long to talk to the neighbors, she move us along by saying "Let's go to the next house!"

Mia certainly looks adorable in her costume:).

Posted by: kim at November 1, 2006 10:26 AM

LOVE the costume, it can be hard to find one they will wear at that age...she is such a girly girl ;)

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 1, 2006 10:27 AM

I'll probably blog about what I did on Hallowe'en so ... read it.

In other news: last year we had two groups of well-over-the-age of trick-or-treating kids come to our door with no costume of any kind. I laughed at them and flat-out refused to give them any candy.

Come to think of it, I'm surprised we didn't get egged.

Posted by: s@bd at November 1, 2006 10:29 AM

Darth Vader went trick-or-treating with his friend (Yoda) and his friend's friend (vampire) while the Mr. took the Wood Fairy trick-or-treating with her friend (Tinkerbell) and the new neighbor kid (pirate). I handed out the candy.

When the big kids came to the door and held out their bags, I'd say, "You have to say it if you want the goods." They'd quietly, and under duress, say, "Trick or treat," and I'm sure they're all now plotting the demise of our awesome Pokeball and kitty pumpkins.

Posted by: candace at November 1, 2006 10:31 AM

Wait... so you're saying if we move back to the east coast, you're not up for a night of swinging? Oh man, and here I was going to get a large group of bloggers together for a steamy night of debauchery. LAME!! :oP

Posted by: statia at November 1, 2006 10:35 AM

I played with my dogs PLURAL, and ignored the 3 trick or treaters that came by because I totally forgot it was actually Halloween and felt like the biggest Mean Adult in the world.

Posted by: melati at November 1, 2006 11:05 AM

Nah. Our plan to go to the midnight show of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Queen Mary--would've been my first time!--fell through.

Brandon was heading out to pick up his niece in Norco, 30 miles east from his work. But after 2.5 hours and 15 miles later, he turned around and came home. Apparently an accident that caused 4 out of 5 lanes of freeway to be closed just wasn't good enough for the online "up to the minute" traffic report when he left work.

We didn't leave the house again all night. And since we're in an apartment neighborhood, no trick or treaters came by. Well, not at 7 p.m. anyway.

But work was fun. By now I'm sure you've seen our pictures. :)

Posted by: oakley at November 1, 2006 11:06 AM

We did it all. It was a blast. The little one didn't get it but he liked his costume ok. The 3 year old loved every minute of it and did wonderfully.

Posted by: Brad at November 1, 2006 11:20 AM

I pulled up in front of my house last night to the sight of some mother letting her child take a wiz in our bushed. Good times.

Posted by: Hannah at November 1, 2006 11:23 AM

A moment of humility came by me yesterday. See there is this lady who takes pictures of our kids when we pass halloween... well she gave us the picture of last year... Our youngest is wearing the costume my daughter was in last year...

Ouch! She had evidence... I am never going there again!

Posted by: DavidR at November 1, 2006 11:24 AM

bushes. oops.

Posted by: Hannah at November 1, 2006 11:25 AM

When I first saw the pics I thought Mia went trick-or-treating at the Washington Monument!

A fine DC tradition.

Posted by: Liz at November 1, 2006 11:33 AM

I got home, doscovered none of the other three adults who live in the house had gotten candy, but felt too guilty to sit inside with the lights off, so I trucked off to Walgreen's for a bag of tootsie pops (I don't like them, so no danger of me eating all the leftovers). Then not one single kid came by.

Posted by: Judy at November 1, 2006 11:49 AM

I went to work, where no one showed up at the staff Halloween party, and then I worked some more until 9pm, when I went home and put on my pajamas and watched Daily Show and Colbert Report and fell asleep :D

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at November 1, 2006 12:07 PM

The interns from work went around in tacky sheets (Barbies, '60s flowers, etc.) and trick or treated the director, associate director, etc. of the Humanities Research Center where I work. They would just open the door shaking their heads. It was great! Tricking was definitely better than treating in this case.

Posted by: Heather at November 1, 2006 12:47 PM

Froze.. :) It was 19 degrees.. but we still trekked out for about an hour snowsuits and all!

Posted by: molly at November 1, 2006 01:01 PM

Mia may not have gone trick or treating, but she looks awfully cute in her costume!

We got tons of kids, and I got to play my the game of "force the teenagers to say Trick or Treat before you give them candy." and then I tried not to eat too much of the candy myself. I was only partially successful.

Posted by: bad penguin at November 1, 2006 01:13 PM

It was almost 70 degrees (F) here in Boston last night, so I sat out on my front stoop and gave out candy to all the princesses, ninjas, pixies, pirates, and superheroes who happened by. Happily (and surprisingly), I have no candy left over to contend with. (Well, except for the two Reese's cups I set aside for myself.) :-P

Posted by: shelley at November 1, 2006 02:13 PM

Smaller crowds this year. I think the neighborhood is growing up a bit. My older boys helped pass out candy and then went out with friends. The youngest did--maybe--his last Trick or Treat with friends. Then Bryan and I had a bottle of wine and watched "Boston Legal". Not very exciting.

Posted by: wordgirl at November 1, 2006 02:26 PM

That is the cutest costume! She's a doll :) Your Halloween sounds successful. We had maybe 10 trick or treaters. Our son managed to run and hide at almost every house he knocked on, because he is terrified of dogs and most everyone here in Alaska has a dog. Except us.

Posted by: Mary at November 1, 2006 02:58 PM

Silly. You already know.

Posted by: Cartwheels At Midnight at November 1, 2006 03:14 PM

Mia's costume is soooooo adorable!!

We did the same as you. We didn't take the monkey out. But, she got a chocolate (reeses peanut butter cup -- yum!!), and scootched around in circles, flopping her little hands about as kids knocked and held out their bags. She LOVED it. Loved the kids, loved the door opening to all the colourful people. It was adorable. We didn't dress her up, though....

Posted by: Haley-O at November 1, 2006 03:52 PM

Mia is so adorable and even more so with the costume! A friend got something like 13 free tickets to see a production of Spamalot, so a bunch of us did that. I'm not a huge Monty Python fan but it's completely hilarious - go see it if you get the chance.

Posted by: Beth in StL at November 1, 2006 07:52 PM

1. Sooo cute!!!
2. Who said you could take a picture of my house?
3. For Halloween, I went to a swingers' party.

hahah. No. Actually, I went to school.

I only swing on the weekend! ;-)

Posted by: anita at November 1, 2006 08:12 PM

The normal. The tricking. The treating. The candy. Oh... and a un-notified house showing that had me swooping up the kid in his pajamas and bare feet so some soul could scrounge around in our house (candy filled counters and all).

Only wish they would have wanted to *buy* the joint.

Posted by: Bethany at November 1, 2006 11:00 PM

OMG, you got robots???? I was hoping for a robot all night but our neighborhood kids weren't quite that creative. I actually just posted my disappointment at the lack of robots tonight so thanks for throwing that one in my face! Geez.

Posted by: angela at November 1, 2006 11:39 PM

That pink is the perfect color on her. I bought my candy the day before Halloween to avoid that very snacking trap. But then I went and bought myself candy corn on Halloween, so I'm still stuffing my face.

Posted by: Annie at November 2, 2006 12:01 AM

Mia was very cute as the lil kitty and did the impossible by matching her baby elephantile cuteness from last year. You all loog good and seems like it was a good weekend.

Posted by: Dee at November 2, 2006 12:13 AM

Oh, Mia's cuteness in that costume. My eyes! My eyes! I am blinded by the cuteness!!!!!

Meanwhile, many dorky hoodie kids around here as well after 8PM. The "older" kids travel in packs, barely any costume, waiting until the little kids are off the streets so their uncoolness will not be witnessed.

I always give them the dregs. And make them say 'Tirck or Treat', like they're still the Beav and it's the 50's...

Huddled on my front steps, like gangsta's. I chirrup "Oh, are you here for halloween?"

A round of desultory "Trick or Treat"...

After they're gone giggling and cackling.

Ah, 6th graders.:)

Posted by: Elizabeth at November 2, 2006 09:56 AM

You take some of the most amazing photography. I can't stop looking at that flag pole one.

Hoop and I dressed up like Satan and the angel he turned. Go check it out. I posted pictures.

Posted by: Tink at November 2, 2006 04:16 PM

"Hoop and I dressed up like Satan and the angel he turned." Ugh. That sounds like it should be followed by the word "trick."

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