We started the day by going out to IHOP for breakfast so the kids could enjoy their free Scary Face Pancakes! Hayden wasn’t going in to work until the afternoon, so he got to go with us, just like the old days.
Haylee turned 13 at the end of the summer, but with our recent move to TX from VA, I figured Holden would have more fun trick-or-treating alongside his sister, so I let her go again this year. Of course, she was quite happy about that! I had to run out the day before to find her a costume at the thrift store. I lucked out and found the cutest Mad Hatter costume for $4. I made a couple of quick alterations, and it was so adorable on her! Holden decided to go as a King again, and his costume kept him nice and warm.
I have been sick for the last 3 weeks, and I was feverish when Halloween rolled around, so I decided to drive the van and follow alongside them so I wouldn’t get a chill in the cold. That was a good call. I had my mug of hot tea, a pile of cough drops, and the heater running. It allowed me to run home when somebody had to go to the bathroom, too. It actually worked out well, because there were some big gaps between houses at times, and it kept the kids from having to walk too much extra. For once, Holden didn’t complain about wanting to go home because he was tired of walking, and the kids stayed toasty between stretches. They were also able to dump the buckets of candy into larger bags in the van so it didn’t get too heavy for them.
They decided they had the best Halloween ever! They laughed together and were so excited, and they had a such a great time! They didn’t fight at all, and they really enjoyed themselves. Holden kept telling me how much fun he was having, so mission accomplished. They got great candy, too! Our neighbors were so nice. Steve stayed home and passed out goodie bags of candy on the porch since Hayden had to work that night.