A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
I'm always torn about Halloween. Really. I actually really love dressing up and putting on costumes. I think it's super fun! I don't like the fact that my kids get BAGS full of candy to eat for days on end. I like the fun 'scary' decorations and the feeling of the beginning of the holidays. It's super fun! So, I suppose I'll keep it. This year we went to 2 Halloween parties: one at church and one at the embassy. I dressed up (along with Devin) for the church party. He was James Bond, and I was The Girl. Ha! We had a great time with that one! We didn't actually buy any costumes or think of a 'family theme' this year, and that was ok. We will next year, as Josh will have outgrown all of his current costumes, so we'll be in the market again. Is it too soon to start thinking about it? :)
Something we did differently this year, though, was the candy issue. Normally, I let the kids have maybe 2-3 pieces on Halloween and then I confiscate their bags and give them 1-2 pieces a day for the next month+. It's annoying to have the kids begging for their candy time every day and having one or two of them constantly searching the cupboards looking for the bags and sneaking candy behind the couch...so this year, I just let them eat ALL of the candy in their bags that night! Yes, they were spastic; yes, they didn't go to bed until 10pm (REALLY late for them!!!); yes, it's probably not the best thing for them...BUT, they get it out of their system, they don't ask for more every day, I'm not tempted to pick all the chocolate out and eat it when they're not looking, they don't have to sneak it...it's beneficial for all! They LOVED it and called it 'The Best Day Ever'. I laughed at Peter acting like the Energizer Bunny for hours on end. It made a good memory and made it definitely a different day than the rest!
Here are some photos from the church party:
And here are some nice cameos from the embassy party... I loved the water cooler that was dressed up as frankenstien!! Ha! Superman can take him!!
The kids loved the first half of the trick or treating...it was in the 'kid friendly' building. The second half of the trick or treating was in the haunted house. The only reason the kids wanted to go there was because they didn't (in their opinion) get enough candy from the first run through, so they were hoping for more. Ha! I don't have any pics of the scary part, as it was all in the dark, but it was pretty scary! They did a good job!
Trick Or Treat!!
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