Oh my gosh you guys, Best. Hallowe'en. Ever. Even though it was pissing down rain we had SUCH a good time. The kids were over the moon, like excited off the charts about the whole deal. Everybody loved their costumes. Everybody got all the candy they could ever imagine wanting. Everybody had an amazing time.
And I want to tell you guys, I feel so satisfied right now. I've been parenting for about six and a half years now and really, one of the things that you learn is how rarely things go as expected, let alone go as hoped. But tonight... I love Hallowe'en, and the kids are so excited about Hallowe'en, and you just hope thing will go well, that no one gets hurt or scared or disappointed. That they have fun. That they will remember it. And this is one of those rare, rare times that that appears to have come true. And I'm telling you, it is rare, but oh, so sweet.
Anyway, enough of my ebullience. Let me tell you about our costumes. I've been working on the Little Guy's for a couple of days now. He wants to be The Flash, obviously. I downloaded the logo from the internet and then cut it out of felt and appliqued it onto a plain red sweatshirt that I got from the second hand store.
And here he is, Little Flash in all his rubber booted glory. Those boots are from the V.V. The Little Guy absolutely HAD to have them, even though they fit him just exactly, with no room to grow or anything. But he insisted. And since they were $2.99 I figured it was worth it. And just as well with the rain we had tonight.
The Little Dude's costume was much easier to manage. He wanted to be a lumberjack. He cared very little about the costume itself, but kept telling us how important the axe was. He needed that axe. Everyday he came home from school and asked if Hubs had his axe yet. There is even a concept sketch.
And of course Daddy came through for him. A real axe handle, a fake axe head (styromfoam and silver duct tape) and he was over the moon. The shirt and the hat are just set dressing as far as he's concerned, but he was very happy, as he looked in the mirror, at the overall effect. A very satisfied Little Lumberjack with a very Big Axe.
And so, we all put on two layers of warm clothes underneath our costumes, got our boots, our candy bags, and an umbrella and headed out for a very slow, very fun and candy filled walk around the neighborhood. And as previously mentioned, a great time was had by all. Our neighbors were very generous and there were TWO houses where they were giving out full sized candy bars! I'm seriously going back to those houses with thank-you notes. We returned to the house about an hour later, thoroughly dampened (but only the first layer, we were dry underneath!) and retired to a hot bath to eat our allotted six kinds of candy before we headed off to a very well deserved sleep. And as I tucked the Little Dude into bed, he murmured about how it was the best Hallowe'en ever. And I agreed. I whispered "Do you know how much I love you? I love you so much it fills my heart.", and he replied "I love you for as far as there is sky, Mom. And you know what? The sky never ends. So my love for you never ends either." And I melted, like chocolate eaten in a bathtub.