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November 04, 2005

It was a dark and spooky night...

Halloween marked our 7th day without power following Hurricane Wilma. Although all of our previously hung decorations and plans to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood were ruined, we were determined to have some fun on a day Kate had been anticipating for awhile.

I had pieced together a Dora the Explorer costume -- pink shirt, orange skort and a dark wig -- for Kate several weeks before Halloween but Kate wanted nothing to do with wearing a wig. So on Halloween day Kate and I headed out to Target to select a costume of her chosing. She wanted to be a witch, and luckily we found a cute little costume with a hat in her size...and on sale, to boot.

Kate loved her costume. She especially enjoyed wearing the hat and carrying the broom we also purchased. She couldn't wait for Daddy to come home from work to see her in her witch costume. Of course Halloween marked the second day in Daylight saving time. So we were all pretty much in dark by the time daddy came home.

When he got home we headed out to the local mall to do some store to store trick-or-treating. Apparently everyone else had the same idea because the mall was packed with costumed children. This of course made it all the more fun for Kate. She enjoyed looking at all of the kids, but was REALLY spooked by the scarier costumes. At one point while I was trying to take her picture she ran to Daddy as a Darth Vader drew near. She kept her eyes on Darth until he was at a safe distance away.

Kate grasped the idea of trick-or-treating quickly but didn't offer the words "trick-or-treat" like she did so enthusiastically at home before and after our mall visit. Since the mall was packed with families, Ken and I took turns taking Kate into each store while the other did stroller duty. Each time Kate came out of a store she was very excited to show off the new treat she had just gotten. It was thrilling for her to get her pumpkin filled up with treats. She probably would've carried it around for weeks if I didn't hide it and all of the candy in it the next day.

Actually I did give it back to her after she kept looking for her "pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin." But I returned it with only the non-candy items inside. She didn't seem to mind too much this year, but I don't know if I'll be able to pull this same trick next year.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 12:19 AM