We love all holidays in our household, but Halloween holds a special place. October is the month Brad and I started dating, the month we had our first child, and is also pregnancy & infant loss awareness month. All of this culminating in Halloween.
Since we’ve never covered Halloween on the blog before, let me give a quick run down on Halloweens past:
Now that we are all caught up, here’s what we’ve been up to for Halloween 2016! I’ll admit, I was heavily encouraging Marshall to be a Ghostbuster and then make a ghost tutu dress for Vi. But Marshall was adamant that he wanted to be a dinosaur so I rolled with it. Luckily, Vi couldn’t care less what she is at this point so I bought a khaki safari outfit and sewed on a few Jurassic Park patches- bam, she was a Jurassic Park Ranger. I took an extra patch and sewed it on an old khaki Academy uniform of Brad’s so he could be a Ranger too. For me, I cut some felt and sewed it on an old raggedy tank top, positioned over my belly. So Francesca was a dinosaur egg and that made me a Preggasourus, ha! Our family costume all stemmed from Marshall’s idea of a dinosaur.
Like Christmas, we try to hit up as many Halloween events as possible. Our first was a little costume party at ECFE (early childhood family education) on Friday. It’s a mommy’s group held at public schools throughout Minnesota. Seriously, MN moms, find the one in your area (for birth to age five), it’s great for meeting mom friends! Marshall and Vi absolutely loved dressing up with their friends and checking out all the fun costumes.
On Saturday, we went to a local high school for trick or treating with local businesses’ booths and a carnival.
Sunday came and there wasn’t anything local to us so it seemed like the perfect day to have our little family Halloween party! We thought it would be fun to switch it up and have the kids pick out costumes from their dress up box for the party. Vi opted for Wonder Woman while Mads picked his police uniform.
Finally the big day came, Monday, Halloween! Brad made spider web pancakes and I made Marshall’s last Halloween themed lunch. He’s in school part-time, so the week up to Halloween I was sending in little special lunches.
Finally, Marshall finished school for the day and Brad finished work shortly after. We packed up the kids to trick or treat at the local university dorms. I love bringing the kids to the dorms; the students are always so kind to the little guys, and it’s perfect for young children. Instead of their little legs having to run from house to house in a neighborhood, they can walk door to door in the dorms. They don’t get nearly as tired out or cranky. It’s also nice because it keeps them out of the harsh northern Minnesota elements. It was freezing rain here on Halloween, but we were able to avoid the snow suits and cold by trick or treating indoors.
After almost two hours of trick or treating, we called it a night. The kids went to bed and Brad and I did our annual Halloween tradition as parents: eating chinese take out and watching horror movies.
…And yes, snooping through the candy from trick or treating to pick our favorites! We do the Switch Witch in our house. So the kids go to sleep with their candy buckets out and then the Switch Witch comes and trades them the candy for books. Since we’ve done this since becoming parents, the kids love it and know no other tradition. Marshall doesn’t like any sort of candy or sweets anyways and it keeps Vi from gourging. Brad and I get a few pieces of our favorites and then we can bring the rest to the dentist office who ships it off to the troops. I call that a win all the way around!
We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween, from our Jurassic family to yours’!