October 31, 2007
I'll be heading home early from work this evening to take the kids out trick-or-treating while Heather stays at the house to hand out candy. I'm looking forward to taking the kids around the neighborhood. The weather will be good and all three of the kids are really excited about the holiday.
Last night we carved two pumpkins. One with a traditional face, the other using my drill to put a bunch of holes all around the pumpkin. It creates a great lighting effect. Ian thought the holey pumpkin looks like a disco ball, and he's probably right. I just think it looks pretty neat.
Interestingly, we spent $0 on costumes this year - a first. In the past Heather has either made the kids' costumes by hand or found deals on eBay. This year, however, the kids all decided (on their own, no less) that they wanted to dress up using items that we already had around the house. Zoe - Scooby-Doo using a costume that was bought a few years back. Emma - a Princess using dress-up clothes she and Zoe have received as Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, etc. Ian - a solider using my Dad's old army shirt that I have, some green pants, and a toy rifle from the toy box.
I can certainly get into celebrating Halloween on the cheap. Plus, I think their decision to throw together costumes indicates that the kids are more focused on having fun than on what they wear. "Just get me any old costume so I can get out there and grab me some candy!" I like that.
I'm still not a big Halloween celebrator, but its hard not to get caught up a little in the kids' excitement over the costumes, the decorations, and the trick-or-treating. The allure of the holiday for Ian, Emma, and Zoe will probably wane over the years, so I should enjoy their excitement now.