Thursday, November 01, 2007
About Last Night
This is no Hollywood treatment of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." The monster William dressed as is inspired straight from the book. And, when he painted on the last stitch, and Alex finished helping his friend Mitchell in to his costume, then everyone was ready to go out in to the night in search of treats.
Alex, the Dragon Wizard, Mitchell, a video game warrior, William,the creature, Max, the straw bale, and Maria the metamorphic Princess Mary Pumpkin. We don't often enjoy cool temperatures on Halloween, but last night was pleasant and cool enough to be comfortable in dragon scales and princess layers. Since Geoff had to work, we turned out the house lights and I brought Maria along to watch the trick-or-treaters in action, but after the first stop, she had to play too. The big guys were patient as can be, waiting for Maria to walk up to every door and take her place among the candy hunters, then they all called out in unison: Trick or Treat!
Max had a special delivery... at every stop he crouched down into his bale and waited for the person at the door to notice the bale of hay sitting on the ground and then Max would give them a surprise by rising up for the reveal... good laughs ensued and he was delighted with the happy results.
All the kids got positive feedback for their homemade costumes and creativity.
Maria embraced the whole scene... saying "Trick or treap" and always remembering to say either "Thane-you" or "Happy Hawnween!" She loved the lights and carved pumpkins, walking from house to house and waiting for the front doors to open. And candy? People handing over candy, filling her pumpkin? She was astounded. When we got home Alex showed her how to lay out all the candies on the floor and they made a candy rainbow with the all the colorful packages forming a confectionery arc. Then they made trades and swaps, remarking on favorites, past & present. Whenever Maria asked to try a candy, we opened it for her, showed her how to lick it, with dramatic relish and then she would do the same. She gave a lick to about 4 different candies, but only actually ate one piece of chocolate.
We probably covered about three blocks worth of houses, and of course not everyone was home. Max plans to make his candy last as long as possible. They all agree that some candy is good, but mostly they wanted to enjoy the hunt and the fun of showing their costumes. And speaking of costumes, we have some cute cousins who sent us email greetings for Halloween...
Dread Pirate Dominic, pumpkin slayer, and heart~breaker... well, he makes my heart melt anyway.
Jordan the Bee, a cutie bug for sure.
And Griffin... oh, I mean Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ready for serious fun.