Monday, November 1, 2010

Tricks and Treats


  • To the kids, for coming up with several great costumes, and rotating them through several Halloween events over the past few days;
  • To the people who build a "fire house" every year, transforming their charming two-storey into a house full of fire and a mandatory stop on our trick or treat route;
  • To all the folks who sit on their front stoops, in costume, and make our kids' Halloween night fun;
  • To the students who run Safe Trick or Treat on campus every year, and give our kids props for their costumes;
  • To the places you go to paint and carve pumpkins, ride haycarts, and drink hot cider;
  • To the weather gods, who allowed October 31, 2010 to be a balmy mid-70s in the not-usually-so-balmy midwest.


  • To the folks who stole our friends' yard decorations, even those made by their kiddoes;
  • To the folks who make pumpkin smashing an annual sport;
  • To grandma's candy-ometer, for deciding that a pinata for two kids is "not that much candy";
  • To the students who think that 5-7 pm means packing up your booth at 6.20, because you all have some other place to be;
  • To the folks who decided that two separate field trips by bus on one day, followed by a party and a parade was both a good school day and an appropriate amount of turmoil for first graders;
  • To the parents who let them do it (yes, we take our share of blame in this too).

Okay. We'll do it all again next year.


  1. The flaming house sounds amazing. I wish I could see it!

    We had a pretty good time ourselves. We got together with friends, and a bunch of kids went out for candy together. I sat at the house with two other people and our tired, cranky baby and watched the Giants game. Awesome! Seriously.

  2. Fie: Sounds great! That's the thing, though. It's all great: just too much of a good thing, some times!

  3. Two field trips, a party, and a parade? Dude.

    And ditto on the people dressed up in their driveways!

    Glad you had fun!

  4. GEW: yeah we had fun, and it'll be a blast next time too. But we have an anxious first grader who has sobbed both school days this week: "but I don't know what I'm supposed to do!" Argh. A routine! A routine! My kingdom for a... well, you get the idea.

  5. Has the regular routine been disrupted? Or is the crying a post-Halloween extravaganza withdrawal?

  6. Both, I think! But it has sent her off the rails, so we've changed up a few things. Hopefully we'll get back to normal soon!

  7. Yay for the treats!
    Boo for the tricks.