When you're a kid, every holiday flies by like a shot, leaving way too much time between things to be excited about. And presents and candy. As you get older, though, you're all too aware of how long holidays actually are, leaving just enough time for the Dollar Store to change out their front-of-store display. I have a personal rule, though: I don't decorate until the actual month of the holiday. So while we're fueling ourselves with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, we waited until the beginning of October to acknowledge the imminent Halloween.
Having a giant window smack in the middle of the house has come in handy for decorating times such as these.
I bet you can't guess which bats she put on the wall.
She wasn't she least bit excited for Halloween.
The only cat to survive in this house: a paper one.
Ok, we may have gone a taaaaaddd overboard with the Dollar Store decorations.
Ahh! There are ghosts in the house!
Zoey decided early on that she wanted to be a butterfly and never changed her mind.
Frankenstein cup, and giant plastic rat with red eyes that wound up being more her pet than a Halloween decoration.
Previewing my costume. That's right; for the first time in my history of Halloweens, I purchased a costume. An actual costume, not just stuff from Goodwill to make a costume. And for the first time in my history of adult-Halloweens, I'm not just putting on my high school cheerleader uniform (which still fits, thank you very much).
I love Candy Corn and I'm a witch: ta da! Candy Corn Witch! Before scoring this costume at Ross, I thought it would be fun to dress as a Candy Corn since I love them and only eat them during this time of year. Then I saw this and thought, what the heck; I'll break my streak of 31 Halloweens of homemade costumes. It was just a bonus that it turned out a little bit slutty.
Jacob expertly rocked the homemade costume since this was a week before Halloween as we headed out to take Zoey to Boo at the Zoo. He borrowed my Lucy wig from last year, wore his Ricky shirt, and became an SNL's Californians character, at least that's what I thought. It ended up being 60-degrees out - though - so he had to ditch the wig and wool beanie pretty quick.
A butterfly and bee landed on the goat.
She was bursting with excitement on the inside, I swear.
Rachael joined us with Layne and Libby.
Libby wasn't the least bit excited about the goat.
Libby in charge of the farm, that sounds about right.
I'm not a big garden person outside of dreaming of having a wedding in one but this plant was interesting. It's an Easter Egg Plant because whatever grows on it (I didn't get that far in the sign) is shaped like an egg.
Carrying the candy bucket was too much work for anyone, apparently. Finally, a reasonable purpose for the wallet-chain (ok, it works well as an anti-theft device, I suppose). Meanwhile, Layne and Zoey are making offerings to the monkey and zebra gods.
We took an unanticipated break from Halloween/fall activities and wound up being so busy we didn't even have a chance to get pumpkins much less carve them. I wanted to go to a corn maze, or at least a pumpkin patch, if only to add to the pool of pumpkin patch pictures on Facebook. But in the end, we got a small pumpkin from Wal-Mart that sat in the middle of the kitchen table and was promptly forgotten about until taking down decorations the day after Halloween. There's a box of Easter Egg die on my kitchen counter we haven't done anything with, either. We get into the spirit of things but are still pretty lazy about it.
Actual Halloween was at the end of an already crazy week but it was a lot of fun. Mostly it's fun to watch Zoey have so much fun.
This crown made of Christmas-ish lights was made for Meredith by her friend for her birthday. Who would have guessed it had so many uses? Come Christmas time she can help Rudolph guide the sleigh.
Clark Avenue spares no expense. We didn't go there this year but I thought Mer's neighborhood was equally impressive. To be fair, anything beyond Dollar Store decorations is amazing to me.
Purpose of the costume accomplished and cast aside, now it's time to get down to brass task. Bat candy-collecting bucket full, this is only a fraction of what she scored.
Zoey immediately crashed after all was said and done Halloween night, and so did we. It was fun but it makes me look forward to the days when she's old enough to go with her friends and me and their mothers can sit around a bonfire with a bottle of wine until we guilt them into sharing their candy upon their return. But it's a double-edged sword because I know I will spend that time wishing she was this little again so I could take her Trick-or-Treating. For as much as Jacob and I hate Halloween, kids always manage to change our minds and make us actually enjoy it for the month it's hanging around.