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Sunday, November 1, 2009

The best night of the year....

Halloween is a big deal around my house. We love everything about it, the decorations, the costumes and the ...CANDY of course.

Really, Halloween is a week long event, leading up to the big night.

Tom is leading Beavers this year so he had a party for his colony. Their party was dressing up and playing games and of course TREATS.

Matthew was IronMan. (Unfortunately in our neighbourhood of elderly and retired people, most did not know who IronMan was...and they asked! I think he was a little sad about that. Thankfully he had a big bag of candy and chips to cheer him up)

His IronMan mask didn't make it back from the Beaver party. Even though, I think masks can be on the dangerous side, this one kind of added to his costume.

On the same night as the Beavers party I took Jillian to her Halloween party at her daycare. (no pictures of that because I sent my camera to Beavers) She was a little nervous going, for a couple of reasons. She is not used to be out in the dark and that scares her. And, the teachers were all dressed up making her a little apprehensive. She just studied them, she knew she knew them but just wasn't sure.

(great shirt - which has her name monogrammed across the pumpkin, skirt and even her Halloween hair clip was all purchased on Etsy)

Jillian was the lucky winner at the daycare party. She won a backpack and a soccer ball from the raffle!

Trick or Treat!

We headed out around 6:30 and quickly noticed that not too many kids were out and about. Most people we visited said the same thing. The night was windy and pretty chilly. (we have been lucky for the last few years with really warm nights)

Emily went trick or treating with her friend at the other end of town. This was the first time she went with a friend and not us.

Kind of sad, but a rite of passage... I suppose!

She may of been a bit sad too, because she called at 12:30 AM, just to say goodnight.

Jillian as a unicorn, but she thought she was a pony. She is IN LOVE WITH my little pony since we got the DVD for review.

Matthew had to wear his winter coat, because it was so cold and he substituted a GI Joe mask .

And, my hubby really gets into the Halloween spirit. He loves it the most out of entire family.

People loved his costume and laughed their butts off. Some could figure it out, others could not!

We went to visit our next door neighbour who went to a nursing home earlier this year. It only took 10 minutes out of our night, but their were tears in her eyes...so it was totally worth it!

There was also four residents at the door giving out treats, I don't imagine they get too many trick or treaters.

We even had one lady tell us that she prepared her candy bag after washing her hands.

But the highlight of Halloween 2009 was the visit to Nana and Papa's. Papa was dressed up and played a scary trick on the kids. You know ringing the door bell and no one there. It was so awesome, because my Dad has had many health issues this year and it has really zapped the life out of him. The kids haven't stopped talking about Papa, and it is a memory they will have for the rest of their lives.

Meeting up with neighbours and friends on the street in the dark is just so much fun. Everyone is in a good mood and laughing and it just slows down life...if even for one night.

So, until next year when we once again celebrate the best night of the year!


Paige said...

Sounds like you guys had a great time. I also have a memory of my Papa from Halloween when I was a little girl. We talked about it last night!

Hope you have a great week! Just stopping by from SITS!

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

sounds like a fun week for you

Martha said...

Wonderful costumes, looks like a blast! The story of you visiting your neighbor is lovely.
Thanks for visiting my blog, Happy Halloween!

The Head Eagle said...

Love the costumes. Looks like it was a GREAT evening for everyone!

Susie said...

Looks like you had a GREAT Halloween:-)

Brandi said...

Thanks for stopping by Pam. You have a beautiful family. Looks like y'all had a fun Halloween (your hubby's costume is hilarious)! :)

Janet said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looks like your family really had a blast last night! Great costumes!

Emily Dawn said...

i love your kids costumes! and your husband's. they are so cute. thanks for visiting my blog too!

Maggie R said...

Looks like you had a swell time. That's the way it goes when you have kids... Ours was a quiet night with 15 spooks stopping by..

Maggie R said...

Looks like you had a swell time. That's the way it goes when you have kids... Ours was a quiet night with 15 spooks stopping by..

Maggie R said...

sorry!! guess I pressed twice!!!!

pk said...

All your photos are fun. Looks like everyone had a good time! Hope you're enjoying the rest of your weekend as well.

pk @ Room Remix

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Sounds and looks like you had a sweet halloween! Me? I made it w/out gettng ax murdered, so I declare it a success!

Mighty M said...

Sounds like you had such a great time - and made some wonderful memories to add to the collection! I love your husband's costume!! ;)

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

I love your husband's costume - that's so clever. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Kelly said...

Great pics! I heard Tom's costume was a hit - and it sure was!!
I am glad that you had such a great night. Everyone looked great! So nice of you to go visit Jean and so happy to hear about Papa's trick! Talk to you tomorrow!

blueviolet said...

I love how Papa fooled the kids!

All of their costumes are wonderful, and your husband is a big kid!

Maggie R said...

Hi Pam..
Looks like Halloween in your family is well celebrated.... The kids' costumes were really fun...
Love DH's too!!!
We had a very quiet night with just a few visitors. Not many kids in our neighbourhood.
Thanks for popping by my blog.. Be sure to come back as I am having a give away to celebrate my Blogoversary..Good Luck..

Janet said...

Oh my! What a lot of fun! Love your hubbies outfit! As for little Jillian - she's precious!

elvira pajarola said...

Thank you for steppin in my TUSCANY!
have a beautiful week!

elvira pajarola said...

Thank you for steppin in my TUSCANY!
have a beautiful week!

Dee-Zigns Handcrafted Jewelry said...

I think its so cool how much fun your husband has with Halloween. Very cool costume, BTW. Looks like you all had a very full week of fun!

Randi Troxell said...

cute pics! and i love Halloween too!

The Blonde Duck said...

How fun!

Sue said...

Great costumes and your hubby's... TOO FUNNY!! lol

It was a crazy windy night wasn't it? At least there was no snow! Glad you guys had such a fun evening. The kids looked great in their costumes. Did you dress up?

AJ said...

Just returning the visit... you comment, I follow! Thanks for leaving a comment! Great costumes... love to see the mommy and daddy participate too!

Joanie M said...

What terrific costumes everyone is wearing!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have to tell you that when I saw your name, I thought you were my ex-husband's future ex-wife! lol
I have a live update that tells me where people are from who stop by and I saw Marlton, NJ, then I saw a reply by Pam. Sure am glad you aren't her!

Priscila said...

wow looks like a fun night! Love the costumes. You sure do have a beautiful family!

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Joy said...

You all really had some great-looking costumes!

It is indeed a bittersweet thing when a child gets old enough to do their own thing on Halloween.

Stopping by from the SITS Halloween Parade! :o)

Joanie M said...

Pam, well, I thought future ex-wife was nicer than husband-stealing whore. but that's just me. :)

CanadianMama said...

Hey, thanks for visiting my blog!! I love new bloggy friends!
Your Halloween costumes look fantastic!!

4 Lettre Words said...

Great photos of a fun night. (Your husband rocks!) And, dont'cha just LOVE Etsy!?!

Megan said...

What fun! The kids are all too cute in their costumes!!

{And I'm trying to figure it out, but I have no idea what your hubby's costume is.}

Such awesome memories being made!! =)