Tried to post Halloween photos last night. Technology let me down. Blogger was nonresponsive, Facebook photo uploader stalled out three times in a row . . . I gave up after 45 minutes of trying. Maybe tonight will be my night.
For now, I give you the text to support the photos-t0-come.
This was the first Halloween that Maddie and Riley really seemed to understand and be excited about. They talked for a month or so about what they wanted to be; Maddie chose panda bear and stuck with that while Riley went through a few options,* finally settling on sun bear "with long, sharp claws." I found the experience of making their costumes to be one of those defining projects of motherhood. I remember my mom going all out to help me make whatever costume I could imagine. I don't think I ever had a store-bought costume growing up, and because of this, I feel it is incumbent upon me to provide the same for Maddie and Riley. Plus I like doing crafty things. Plus panda bear and sun bear were pretty easy to pull off: black or brown pants, black or brown shirt, black or brown hat and gloves, sew on white belly for panda and white crest for sun bear, sew ears on hats, fashion claws out of duct tape, voilà.
Maddie really loved her costume, especially the part where I put black makeup around her eyes which ended up just making her look like a burgler. Riley ended up refusing to wear the gloves with the "long, sharp claws," and most of the evening he also went hatless, but that's OK.
We ended up being total lazy bums and driving around to our various trick-or-treating destinations. In our defense, my dad had compiled a hand-picked list of various friends who were waiting for us to drop by, and they lived far enough apart from one another that walking was not feasable. Maddie and Riley were trick-or-treating celebrities and recieved special treats at most of our stops; should we do plan ol' trick-or-treating next year, they might be disappointed.
Maddie and Riley had the routine down. Riley was the designated doorbell ringer. They both did well saying "Trick or treat!" and were happy to oblige if encouraged to take more than one piece of candy. Since we mostly visited the homes of friends, they also got into the habit of just barging right into people's homes to check things out and relax a bit after receiving their candy. The first time we went to the home of someone we didn't know, I had to hold them back from just inviting themselves in to watch some football and have some snacks. Shy, they are not.
I'm pleased that after what (for them) amounted to a frenzy of candy feasting on Halloween itself, Maddie and Riley have totally forgotten about their candy. I'm keeping it around for a week or so, just in case, then it's coming to work or going in the trash or something. Next year I will need a more robust plan around Candy Control; this year, I got off easy. A friend of mine advised using the Switch Witch strategy: showing the kids a special place in the house to leave candy for the Switch Witch, who comes at night and replaces the offered candy with some kind of non-food gift. I explained that to M&R and they seemed excited but then forgot about the candy, which makes things even easier. What do those of you with older kids to do for Candy Control? Just over the course of the evening I got tired of dealing with the, "Can I have one more piece? Can I eat this?" I'm not looking forward to that being prolonged.
Pictures to come.
*My favorite of Riley's options was recycle bin. I thought this was going to be the final choice, and it would have been awesome because the dude is obsessed with the various types of trash and the bins into which said trash goes. Of course, he also loves the sun bears at the zoo, and having two bears was cute.