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Halloween 2019

Halloween has come and gone now, but I still wanted to share some pictures from the day. Both kids had a great time dressing up and going trick-or-treating.

Ben enjoyed a Halloween party at his school that day and got to dress up in his costume with his friends.

We had several last-minute costume changes this year from our three-year old. First, Ben wanted to be a dinosaur. Then he wanted to be a doggie, just like Hannah. Then, on Monday of Halloween week he changed his mind and wanted to be a “super alien” {an alien super hero} so we actually put a lot of time and thought into this costume and I ended up making the embelishments {thanks to Primary.com for the solid color clothing!}. Come Halloween morning Ben had no interest in wearing the adorable cape or the alien eyes I made, so he would have just gone to school in a green sweatshirt and green pants. Back to the doggie costume {I had a hunch I shouldn’t return it!}….

Both kids hated the dog head/ears but I managed to get Hannah to tolerate it for trick-or-treating. Ben’s came off after our picture. Maybe next year I’ll opt for a costume without a head piece…

Our area does a big neighborhood trick-or-treat in the downtown corridor of the business districts, as well as door-to-door in residential areas. We opted to do the Madison Park neighborhood trick-or-treat. Next year I’d like to do our block, too. I had some neighbors tell us they missed seeing us come around!

The candy experience this year was different now that Ben is three. I had seen a nutritionist mom on Instagram share how she deals with Halloween and her approach resonated with me. Halloween has become a holiday centered around candy, so why not let the kids indulge for a day? Candy is absolutely not a part of our normal life so it really was a special treat.

We let Ben go nuts on Halloween night – he got to try whatever he wanted {after I removed anything unsafe – i.e. choking hazard}, and that he did! I was very surprised to not see a sugar rush or the candy crazies come out. He was totally calm about everything. Prior to trick-or-treating I did my best to fill up both kids’ bellies with as protein-heavy snack as I could think – maybe that did the trick!?

Since Halloween, he’s completely forgotten about the candy!

Trick-or-Treat!

This was Ben’s second Halloween doing trick-or-treating. In Seattle it’s really common for kids to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood business districts – many of the local shops, restaurants, banks and other stores open up their doors and hand out candy for the kiddos. It’s pretty neat and it really draws a crowd.

{Bummer you can only see Ben’s Cubs costume – the rest of us were wearing our Cubs gear, too, just covered up by coats and babies!}

There are some streets that pull together and have massive trick-or-treating – I’ve heard there are a few streets near us that have adult beverage trick-or-treating too! We usually get one or two groups of trick-or-treaters to our house, and generally it’s the kids on our block.

Like last year, we did trick-or-treating in our neighborhood and then went to Madison Park, a slightly bigger neighborhood just to our north. This is the neighborhood of one of Ben’s schools and they have a cute little Halloween photo booth set up for families.

At the first few stops this year Ben was very shy about saying “trick-or-treat” {we practiced about a thousand times today!} but once we got to Madison Park and he saw more kids taking candy he got the hang of it.

It was really fun to see how excited Ben got about the other kids’ costumes. He wanted to go give everyone a hug – even the kids in the “scary” costumes, which Ben didn’t think were scary at all.

Ben had a Halloween party at his school today and another one yesterday at his other school. He got to partake in a lot Halloween festivities over the last week as a build up to the big day.

Candy isn’t really something we do much of in our house. We’ve started incentivizing having accident-free periods of time and on occasion he’ll get some M&Ms as a “special treat,” but otherwise, candy is still mainly an unknown, so he really didn’t know what he was getting when he was picking out candy while trick-or-treating. We let him have two pieces of candy, but one of his selections was an Almond Joy and he feels the same way about them as I do, so he only ate one piece of candy.

All in all, I think Ben had a really fun Halloween and Alex and I really enjoyed seeing him “get” it this year – what a fun experience! Next year he’ll get to share it with Hannah too. We will need to step it up in the creativity department too 😉

Ben’s Firstish Halloween

We had a big Halloween this year! Ben dressed up as an adorable little monkey and we went out on the town…

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Throughout the week of Halloween I think he wore his costume about 5 times, so it got plenty of use. Aside from the adorableness of his costume, it was super warm and toasty, too.

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Ben’s school had a costume day. Edina took Ben that day and said it was basically the cutest thing ever!MPCP Halloween

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Where we live the neighborhood business associations put on neighborhood trick-or-treats through the different downtown corridors. It’s more common to go trick-or-treating at the businesses, then residential trick-or-treating is pretty minimal. This evening, on Halloween, we started in our neighborhood to keep with tradition, and went to Bottlehouse. Hopefully next year Ben will be bobbing for apples!

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After trick-or-treating our way through Madrona, we headed north to Madison Park. Ben’s school has a little spot out in the downtown area where they set up a cute fall scene for families to have their photo taken. I was on the Halloween booth committee which meant I had to help staff the photo booth and tear it down.

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While one of us manned the booth, the other one joined Edina to take Ben trick-or-treating through Madison Park. It was so stinking cute.

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He started to really catch on quickly that he’d get to pick something that looked interesting from the candy bowl.

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Of course he doesn’t know what candy is yet, but he was proud to get to choose something and then hold onto it until the next stop.

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After every stop he signed “thank you” to the person handing out candy. It was so sweet!

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Our tired little monkey had a wonderful firstish Halloween! I think next year he’ll really get into it!

Happy Halloween!

Last weekend our friends Tricia and Dave hosted a Halloween party at their apartment. It was a great chance to spend some more time with them, along with the Millers and Carrie {Patrick was out of town}. Alex and I didn’t have any brilliant ideas for costumes, so Alex went as a man in a suit and I was Audrey Hepburn.

Alex's mustache kept moving all night...

Alex’s mustache kept moving all night…

I found amazingly realistic fake cigarettes for Mary, the flapper, and me.

I found amazingly realistic fake cigarettes for Mary, the flapper, and me.

Mary and Ryan's costumes were so fun - Mary was a flapper and Ryan was Zach Galifinakis from the Hangover.

Mary and Ryan’s costumes were so fun – Mary was a flapper and Ryan was Zach Galifinakis from the Hangover.

Carrie showing off her new haircut under her witch hat.

Carrie showing off her new haircut under her witch hat.

The mustache kept on moving...

The mustache kept on moving…