Alexa dressed up as a vampire this year. You can't tell in the pictures but, her hair was covered in black sparkles. At the end of the night, she hopped into the bath to wash off. By the time she got out, the tub was filled with black sparkly chalk. She painted a unicorn pumpkin this year. The back is striped with all the colors of the rainbow... and of course, glitter.
This girl makes a creepy looking vampire -- yikes!
What better costume to choose for halloween night than a witch! This little cutie decided to be a witch this year. She loves her stuffed animals and thought these two stuffed animals needed to hang out in her trick or treat bag while we were out. I loved spending the afternoon helping out in her classroom. I dressed as a cat (to be her accessory for the day). I sure love my "jelly" -- about a month ago I started calling her my jelly (I am peanut butter). The name instantly was a hit. "Jelly" is now the ultimate compliment in our house (all my kids want to be my jelly).
I love this picture above. She was very proud of her pumpkin this year! Paisley worked hard to make her pumpkin vibrant with a mixture of pink, white, and purple -- and lots and lots of glitter.
Paisley and Rex all ready to go.
After thriller we picked up the girls from dance, picked up Dave from work (for a few hours, after trick or treating he had to go back and catch up on notes), and headed to the Bayfront for trick or treating along the shops. This was a perfect spot for trick or treating -- not overly busy, we were able to walk along one of my favorite parts of this town, and a handful of the shops handed out special treats unique to their store (ice cream at the ice cream shop, candy crystals at the candy store, free hot cocoa coupon at a restaurant). After we finished visiting the shops we decided to step into a local restaurant and get some dinner. By the time we finished the streets were empty, the rain was coming down, and the kids were eager to get home and sort out their candy. We made one more quick stop at the neighbors, dropped Dave off at work again and headed home.
Kinley with her second set of candy (the 1st was the week earlier at the ward trunk or treat)
Zoey immediately sorted out her "keep" pile and her pile to give to the sugar goblin (Michael)... and went upstairs to get ready for bed.
Paisley was so excited to try out all the varieties of candy she received throughout the night.
Lexa quickly sorted her candy, laid her pile out for the sugar goblin and headed up to wash her hair.
Rex was in heaven! He couldn't get enough of his candy... and his sister's candy. He immediately started unwrapping and eating everything he could get his little hands on. Within 20 minutes of being home our sugar goblin began replacing candy for gifts (the older girls have been eagerly anticipating the sugar goblins presents for weeks now. They look forward to this tradition all month long). A ripple effect quickly occurred as the kids were able to see their siblings receiving gifts unique to their interests. After an hour of being home the candy was all picked up and put away and each of the kids were content with their new gifts. The sugar goblin is an expensive little tradition we have established at our house. On the days leading up to Halloween (when I am buying the gifts), I kind of regret it. However, on the actual night of Halloween, when my kids have a mountain of unhealthy junk at their fingertips, I remember that our little sugar goblin (used to be the switch witch) is worth every penny -- and possibly one of my best ideas yet. The sugar rush only lasts for one night instead of being painfully drawn out for days and days. We get back to being a healthy, happy family the next day (well, mostly -- it seems like my kids still come home with more candy than I would prefer from teachers and friends following the days after Halloween).
Wondering what the sugar goblin brought this year... I should get pictures but, incase I forget -- here is the rundown. Zoey got a kickball (she has been requesting our family play it for friday family fun night all month now -- and we live right by the perfect spot for it!) and the new american girl cookbook. It looks like a fun one! I love that my girls are so into cooking right now and hope to cultivate this interest. Alexa was given a cool lego and friends elf ship to build -- which is exactly what she was hoping Michael (sugar goblin) would bring her. Kinley received a "design your own story book". Lately she has been really into writing, which is awesome. She immedialty sat at the table and started writing her fairytale (about a princess and a dragon), Paisley got a new stuffed animal (a purple pegasus -- her favorite color and animals). She has carried it around ever since (it even hid in her backpack the next day while she was at school). Rex got mini action figures (spiderman, green goblin, and captain america). I was afraid he would wake up the next day asking where his candy was, not really understanding the sugar goblin concept. Nope, he woke up asking where his new toys were... success!