Sunday, November 6, 2016

Halloween 2016

I was all sorts of excited to recap our Halloween immediately, while the memories were still fresh & the sugar highs still happening.  But then I was hit with this terrible, awful, no good head cold that completely knocked me on my ass for a week.  I'm just now coming out of the fog in time for some birthday fun (hello 31!), but first Halloween...



So I have a little confession to make...  I took photos of my boys in their costumes before it was actually Halloween.  This has been a photographer's trick for years, and I used to think it was ridiculous.  I didn't understand why people felt the need to capture the perfect picture when it wasn't even taken on the actual holiday.  But now I get it.  I so wanted to capture my boys running around, enjoying their costumes.  I wanted to make sure the little details were logged for memory keeping.  I wanted to make sure I had a picture of each of their little faces poking out of their costumes.  And I didn't want the stress or the pressure of all this right before trick-or-treating was to begin.  So instead, we dressed up the boys for our farmer's market (which just so happens to have a bit of trick-or-treating the Sunday before) and was able to snap away on a perfectly overcast day.  Win for mom and a win for the kids, who didn't have to pose or sit or smile before they ran out to gather their candy loot.



This Halloween was a special one, because Nana was here!!!  I can remember going to my grandparents' houses early in the evening before trick-or-treating each year to show off our costumes. My kids don't usually get that small little joy, so we were all pretty thrilled to have Nana visiting over a holiday.  She took over candy duties while Conor & I walked the neighborhood with the boys.  It was amazing to start the night as a whole family, although the boys were moving at quite different paces...


Finn was slow to walk up each set of stairs, but he went for it.  And as soon as that candy hit his bucket, he wanted to eat it.  NOW!  We were able to hold him off as long as he had a sucker in hand.  Two suckers later & a small fortune of candy, Finn was done.  He spent the rest of the evening with Nana handing out candy, while I got to stay out late with Liam & the big(ish) kids!



Four may just be my favorite age for trick-or-treating!  He was old enough not to need me to walk up to the doors with him, yet still young enough to slow down & enjoy the evening.  He hasn't quite hit that age where it's just a straight mad dash to as many houses as possible without ever taking a breath.  He walked with two friends who shared their excitement over each new goodie, their fear of spooky houses, & their desire to keep going and never stop.  It was mostly just me & the dads, and a few adult beverages to get us through.  Gosh, I love our neighborhood!


It was quite the evening.  Surely their was magic in the air; I could see on my boys' faces.  I love this young age where we get to introduce them to these fun traditions and be a part of it with them.  I love that we get to make their costume ideas come to life, even if it's their second choice.  Liam had really wanted to be a fox, but after trying & trying, Conor & I realized that a fox costume was not in our wheel house of talents.  Instead, Liam was the cutest little bat, and Finny rocked the dinosaur hand me down which is always a hit!  He even had a little "rawr" to go with it!

'Til next year!  
And don't think I'm not already dreaming up new costume ideas!

17 comments :

  1. I love their costumes!! So cute!! 4 has definitely been my favorite trick or treating age, but Emmy was pretty fun too. I take photos early too and it's brilliant!

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  2. They looked so cute!! Happy Birthday week!

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  3. Great job on their costumes! I agree that age 4 rocks at trick or treating.

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  4. Both costumes are sooo cute!! Finns costume looks so warm and cozy!

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  5. i can not sew to save my life so when I see what adorable costumes you have created my mind is blown. The is the cutest little dragon. I have seen those tails on pinterest and wish i could scour up the talent to make them

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  6. So smart to photograph before the actual day! I had grand plans of doing the same - a friend was hosting a Halloween party, but due to a series of nasty colds making the rounds through preschool said party was cancelled. Whomp whomp. Next year I'll be damned if I don't get good photos!
    In other news. Your costumes are all so cute! Halloween sounds like it was pure perfection for the boys, and I'm bringing a traveler with us next year!

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  7. awww both costumes are fabulous! i really love finn's though. such a good idea to take photos beforehand! so sorry you got sick though :( boo.

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  8. Love your Halloween! It sounds like a great one. Such a bummer about getting right after, but I guess at least it wasn't during!

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  9. The cutest costumes!!!! And yes to pictures before the main event! I did the same! Ain't no one got time to rush home from work on a Monday and take pictures before trick or treating!

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  10. Head colds are miserable. I am so sorry you had one! I hope you back to feeling 100%. These pictures are freakin’ amazing!!! Their costumes are perfect and you guys did a good job with them. I adore your glittered mask. Holidays are so much more magical with kids!

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  11. I am so glad you are feeling a bit better now. I had a major sinus infection and have felt out of it too. Love the Halloween photos. I need to start taking them earlier too. I used to think it was crazy, but now I get it. So glad they had fun trick or treating. I can't wait for 4 years old when they understand it a bit more!

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  12. Yes! I loved the chance to take pictures of the girls on the Saturday before instead of rushing it on the actual holiday. It worked out much better that way!

    And yes- last year was the first best year of trick or treating with Abigail. 4 is definitely a great age!

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  13. Oh, I love this! 4 was definitely a sweet spot for trick-or-treating. Mac has so much fun this year, wasn't at all timid or nervous like he was last year. All the kids in STL tell a joke to get candy and he did such a good job with his joke. Mimmy had a hard time keeping up and just wanted to eat every piece of candy she received immediately, but she had fun. Next year she'll really get it. I love their costumes! Glad you're feeling better.

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  14. You guys are the cutest matching bats and Finny is the cutest little dinosaur!!! Sounds like the perfect evening. I can't wait to see what you come up with for costumes next year!

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  15. What adorable costumes! We didn't get a chance to take pictures ahead of time, so all pics happened during the mad dash to visit family and go trick-or-treating. So glad you were able to fully capture your Halloween experience--the boys are only little once. Already looking forward to your costume ideas for next year.

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  16. What an adorable and memorable year..!! Love the costumes. I appreciated the innocence of our kids trick-or-treating this year too, especially with some of the greedy (older) ones that came to our door, ugh. Glad you're feeling better, the cold got me this week too.

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  17. Love their sweet costumes, and love that I'm not the only one who didn't have matching kiddos. ;) I would love to see my parents on Halloween too. It's always so hard to see my niece and nephew trick-or-treating at their home. One day...

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