I don't know if your house is like our's, but come September, this little catalog comes in the mail filled with Halloween costumes. The only problem? The price tags. $100+ for a kiddo costume? No way.
That being said, it is good for sparking ideas. So............after pouring over it, the girls decided they wanted to be a peacock and a donut. Both of those seemed pretty doable so J and I got to work. Pinterest, as always, provided great tutorials. Peacock here, donut here.
We had been to a Halloween party earlier in October, so both girls got to give their costumes a test run prior to the Big Day. They were easy to wear and pretty comfortable. The only problem Mei Mei had was remembering to turn sideways when going through doors--ha!
On the night before Halloween we carved pumpkins. They each had specific ideas about how they wanted their's carved. J decided to do one this year too. #eachoneunique
Halloween actually was beautiful this year. We've had a warm fall and the temperatures remained high. Since Daylight Savings was also later, it was light out which made for an added bonus.
We hit up a few houses in our neighborhood and then took to the streets. After about an hour and a half, bags were getting pretty heavy and full, so we decided to call it quits.
So many excited squeals of "Look what I got!" and "I'll trade you this for that!". After counting their loot and sorting it out, we had them pick out about 12 random pieces of candy (approximately 10% of their stash) to give away. Read about the explanation here.
There was also a drive at school to bring in goodies for servicemen stationed overseas, so we used that as an opportunity to talk about service to our country, Veterans and how this is a small way for us to show how much we appreciate their sacrifices on our behalf.
It was a fun Halloween and both girls are still at that age where they're excited about going out, which is great. Any opportunity when J and I can help them see their faith being acted out in real, tangible ways is even better!
Now it's onto Thanksgiving and Christmas--the most wonderful time of the year!