Three Cheers for Halloween

I love Halloween. In case you didn’t know.

  • The smell of autumn
  • People out walking around the neighborhoods
  • Dressing up
  • Kids dressed up
  • Putting up decorations
  • Jack-o-lanterns

It’s a great holiday.

This year, we started the celebration the night before with our ward’s Trunk Or Treat. This is the first time that I’ve been to one of these and I couldn’t believe how many kids showed up. I’ve never seen so many children in our neighborhood, but we probably had “visitors” join the party. They served soup, chili and hot chocolate, then let the kids loose through the parking lot to go from car to car trick or treating. I bought two large bags of candy at the store and we ran out. Nobody likes telling little kids that you’re all out of candy, even if they walk up to you with a pillowcase loaded up with a 5-year supply of sugar.

On Halloween, we got together with some of my family for some food and pumpkin carving. My brother, Pete, and his fabulous family were in town to celebrate with us so that made the holiday even greater this year, despite the discomfort of being 36 weeks pregnant.

We took the little kids around the neighborhood to do some trick or treating after our little party. Of course we also had to make them sit together and say cheese for five minutes while we took pictures with our phones or cameras. Kids are good sports.

Nathan wore a homemade shark costume. What do you think? (picture below)

And we had two pumpkins by our front door this year. Since it’s been such an unusually warm October so far, our Jack Skellington pumpkin shriveled up since he was carved last weekend.

We did not put Pogi in a costume despite what I heard on the radio that Americans are going to spend $400 million on their pets for this year’s Halloween. Wow. Good job, pet lovers.

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