Um, it was a little more work than I expected to get a good shot of the kids in their costumes. Everytime I said, "1, 2, 3..." Poppy ran towards me, and my stupid idiot camera was never fast enough.
Finally Knight Hazel laid down the law with her sword and I got a shot. Baseball bat and all. But can we all still please agree I need a new camera? A GOOD camera? You know I'd use it. This is the beginning of my Christmas hinting. I've only done this five Christmases in a row. Maybe one of these years it will stick.
But back to the kids. They were really cute, right?
Trick-or-treating in our neighborhood is awesome. The neighbors really deck out with decorations, scary-but-not-too-scary music, costumes, etc. One house even had a platter of pumpkin muffins for the grown-ups, and another had a full spread on a table in their driveway - hot dogs, cookies, and big thermoses of steaming hot chocolate. So thoughtful because it was kind of a chilly night, and it got us through the last stretch. Several groups had fire pits going in their front yard and were making a fun night of it with friends.
We took Poppy with us to a few houses, then brought her home to stay with Ed while he ate dinner and carved our pumpkin - never too late! After only a few trick-or-treaters at our door, Poppy caught on and took that duty upon herself. First, watching out the window for people:
Then handing them the candy when they came and calling, "Happy Halloween!" Then her favorite part was closing the door and watching out the window again.
Here's the jack-o-lantern Ed carved - not bad, eh? Love those template books! A NICE camera could have taken an amazing shot of it in that low light.
The girls had a good haul - Hazel liked the Tootsie Rolls and Ginger discovered the wonder of Skittles - they are her new favorite treat by far. I still go for the Reese's and Snickers myself.
And just for some final spooky fun, here's a picture of my brother Dave and me, circa 1981? He just loaded a bunch of pics to his Facebook page in an album called, "Look Who Found a Scanner", and this was one of them. Don't you miss the days when you had to make your own C3PO costume? And you know I was working that wig!