Friday, November 20, 2015

Drink n' Treating!

Just like I never thought I'd think football was part of the fun of fall - or that I'd even think there *were* fun parts of fall - I never thought I'd enjoy one of the pinnacle points of the season: Halloween. But if I've learned anything from my countless hours of Hallmark Channel viewing, it's that nothing makes you appreciate something more than experiencing it through your children's eyes.

Oh, and booze. Booze makes everything better. But I learned that simply from being a parent.

 I never imagined I'd even acknowledge Halloween, much less actually decorate. But I think it has more to do with me loving the Dollar Tree.

 I bought this pumpkin to kick off the season with various pumpkin-flavored foods - breads, coffee creamer, etc. But Zoey had other ideas...

 So, we gonna carve these, or not?

Dear Adult Zoey and Holden, Please do THIS...

 Aside from Trick or Treating, I hadn't considered any other Halloween-themed activities. Mer asked me if we were going to carve pumpkins and I was like, "Meh." I asked Jacob about it and he said, "I like it, and the kids would think it's fun," so I bought two pumpkins, and envisioned Holden playing with the goopy insides. Instead, he wanted no part of it, playing with his toys on the floor, while Zoey was quickly distracted and ran around the house with bat wings she made at school that day. Jacob was outside with a gentleman he sold his truck-topper to, so I sat on the floor and carved the pumpkins by myself. They sat out on the stoop for a couple of days before I cut them in half and threw them in the oven for future Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

A freakishly MONSTROUS stack of pancakes.
While exploiting the kid-friendly aspects of the holiday is enjoyable for us parents - free candy, silly decorations, the one day a year you can wear jammies in public and not be ridiculed (yes, people of Wal-Mart, we are judging you) - we've also found ways to adult-up the day, like our now-annual tradition of Drink or Treating.

It started back in 2011 when Meredith and our book club friend, Whitney (of the happy, yet crazy house), suggested we take our similarly-aged children Trick-or-Treating. The house we were living in at the time was in a neighborhood not conducive to the occasion, and Mer's neighborhood really goes all out for the holiday, so that's where we trekked, dogs with their cooler backpacks included. We've since moved to my (new/different) neighborhood, Cooler Dogs still included, and now us adults look forward to it just as much as the kids.

 Zombie Debbie and her Exorcist Pumpkin. When she arrived, I said of her costume, "Let me guess, you're a Mom!" Oh, I'm just so clever...

 Hot Dog Mummies, this year with my homemade biscuit dough.

 Coffin Quesadillas (suck it, Pinterest!)

 Spider Donuts

 Eliza, the Fairy without wings, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a witch of some sort. A+ for creativity!

 Debbie brought some face paints so Zoey became the Butterfly Ninja Turtle. And for the rest of the night, every 10 seconds she'd rip off her mask and ask the person standing nearest to her, "Is my butterfly face paint still on?!"

The Drink or Treating Crew! Mark, Mer, Me, Jacob, Andy, and Debbie. And the Coolers, Kona and Boone.

McInTurtles in a half-shell! Turtle Power!

We all had a lot of fun this Halloween, and I legitimately can't wait for next year; Holden will be older and able to participate more, making my future holidays filled with even more kid-fun. I'll take that over the gruesome parts of the holiday any day.