This year we had a really fun Halloween. Not only because the girls planned and plotted their outfits, and candy was anticipated and purchased, and the house was made more spooky each day by the decorations we put up, but that my parents and Jeff's mom were coming to town and wanted to surprise the girls, and thought that a Halloween "trick" would be just the thing. I thought it was a pretty funny idea, and it took some maneuvering, but it worked.
Last Halloween was fun too, and it was never blogged. And what a difference a year makes! This year the girls look so much older, and I can't believe how big Emma has grown. Before I get to this Halloween, I wanted to post some pictures from last Halloween too:
One of my favorite pictures from last year. We are lucky to have a farm nearby our house that do hayrides and a small pumpkin patch in the fall. Emma is so dang cute! Why can't she be that little again? :(
The cuties on the hayride.
We went to our ward's trunk-or-treat and chili cook-off, but the line was just too long for chili, and we knew we'd never get any, and we were starving. So we ditched the party and got chinese food with our friends the Biglers. They are such good friends and have the sweetest kids and luckily they all get along.
The girls last year showing their pumpkins that they (we ) carved.
It seems that every Halloween I try to make some sort of Halloween food. I remember when we lived in Baltimore when the girls were really little and I made shepherd's pie and sculpted the mashed potatoes as ghosts. I've made "Mummy Dogs" with hot dogs (which the girls loved) and "fingers" with string cheese and slivered almonds. Last year I had a recipe that I've held onto from my friend Melanie for many years and finally decided to make it. Soup in a pumpkin was good, but I probably won't make it again. It didn't seem to cook the vegetables very well and they were still kind of crunchy. But it was a good experiment and a good memory!
This was Maddie's costume as a one-year-old and Emma wore it last year. I love it so much, especially the hat. Cutest.butterfly.ever.
My goal for Halloween last year was to not spend any money on costumes. And I didn't! Maddie wanted to be a black cat for the second year in a row, and couldn't be talked out of, and Camie was talked INTO being a chinese girl after her Grandma Sullivan gave her this outfit. It was supposed to be a nightgown, but I knew it would never get used as such, so she was a perfect China girl. Camie was a good sport about it.
I thought Jeff would be great as a Polynesian since we just visited Hawaii that July.
Fast-forward a year to Halloween 2012. This picture is kind of groty, but it depicts pumpkin carving at it's best. Jeff did them all this year and the girls just played and watched from the backyard. We always say that we want to not carve pumpkins until the girls are old enough to do it themselves, but then we always give in. It's not Halloween unless you have a jack-o-lantern or two (or three!)
The grandparents were scheduled to come into town for Camie's baptism at the beginning of November and thought it would be fun to come for Halloween and surprise them by "trick-or-treating" in costume (it was my mom's idea :) Maddie was confused when my mom and dad showed up at the door, and then we all laughed when we discovered who it was. It was so cute for my parents who had been traveling all day to do something like this for the girls.
Maddie wanted to be a "good witch"; Emma had this cute hand-me-down costume from her cousin Claire and loved being a "lalybug" and Camie wanted to be a vampire. It was so cute this year because Emma really "got" trick-or-treating and would walk right up to the house with her sisters and say "trick-or-treat!" and "thank you!" Everyone was saying how cute she was. She also loved giving out candy. When she was done going around the neighborhood, she loved opening our door and doling out the candy. She was very possessive of her duty! We love our neighborhood so much because of all the kids. My dad joked that it was like the neighborhood in E.T. with the throngs of kids on the streets. I'm excited to see what Halloween memories we will make next year!