Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween 2015 - The Caped Crusaders

This year we went back and forth on costume ideas and landed on Batman and Robin for the boys. Dillon and I loved dressing up with Roman last year but decided not to go all out this year. I'm really glad we didn't spend the money on costumes, because we didn't end up trick or treating. The forecast predicted 100% chance of thunderstorms on Halloween, so we decided not to go out and to instead meet at IHOP again with friends. All of the kids were wild, but its IHOP, so no one really cares. They are used to being overrun with college kids.

To backtrack - on Saturday the 30th, we spent the day at the Schaefers and Collins Pumpkin Patch in Mayflower, AR, which we have gone to every year of Roman's life as one of our family fall traditions. We got our annual corn picture and took Nolan's first corn picture! It was such a contrast from last year when it was 80 degrees and swamped with people. This year it was in the 60's, windy, cloudy, and very calm since we had to wait so late in the season.

The whole day was pretty uneventful and pleasant. We even made a silly memory of running out the door without any of Nolan's diapers, so I had to put him in a size 5 disposable that we had in the bag. It was a full-body diaper.

On Halloween, we went out in costume to my doula office to what they called 'Doula Boola' for a treat and picture. Roman was not being very kind while playing and I had to take him away from his fun, so he was not happy to be in the picture.

That afternoon as we were debating whether we should take Roman trick or treating before meeting at IHOP, we heard a ring on our doorbell - at 3:45 someone was trying to trick or treat!! I'm not sure when that became ok. We didn't have any candy since we hadn't planned on being home to hand it out, so we pretended we weren't home. Sorry, but who is trick or treating in the middle of the afternoon?

It took about 30 minutes to get 1 decent picture of both of the boys (the one at the top of the post) and then we gave up and hit the road to IHOP.

Next year, I would love to decorate a little bit with harvest decor that could last through November and minister to the neighborhood by handing out candy. I would especially like to provide allergy-free treats because I know trick or treat can be disappointing and even dangerous for some.
If you would like to minister to kids with allergies by giving them something special on Halloween, check out The Teal Pumpkin Project for ideas.

Happy Halloween!

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