When the kids are toddlers and they remember from year to year what Halloween is all about (princess dresses and candy or hero costumes and candy - not interchangeable enthusiasm), the anticipation grows with time. At about age 8, the excitement peaks and depending on the child, declines at different rates.
For Child #1 (we'll call her Can-Still-Get-Away-With-Trick-or-Treating-Based-on-Her-Short-Stature-But-is-Probably-Too-Old) enthusiasm peaked several years ago. This year, the needle was all over the gauge. It went from Handing-Out-Candy to Taking-Little-Brother-Around-the-Neighborhood to Whatever-My-Friends-Are-Doing to Going-to-a-Party to Ticked-Off-Mom-and-Dad-Said-I-Can't-Go-to-the-Party to I'll-Just-Sit-in-My-Room back to Taking-Little-Brother and finally back around to Whatever-My-Friends-Are-Doing. Evidently, Friends decided to trick-or-treat as 80's girls.
Child #2's enthusiasm (we'll call her Too-Cool-to-do-Anything-Little-Kids-Do-Especially-if-Older-Sister-Does-it-Too) was intense early on, but rather than decline gradually, it took a huge dive on November 1, 2011. She made her personal views public by proudly wearing a t-shirt that read "I Don't Do Costumes." She stuck to her guns about being the candy giver-outer at our house, but made a last minute change and helped her friend hand out candy at her house. Her friend had the same t-shirt, but neither girl actually wore the shirt on Halloween (only leading up to the big day) because that would have been uncool.
Child #3 (Last-Year's-Costume-Got-Me-Attention-From-the-Boys-So-Why-Mess-With-a-Good-Thing) had her costume decision and trick-or-treating companion booked months in advance. With her arrangements in place, her focus shifted to mathematics . How many pounds of candy could she collect in the fewest blocks and least amount of steps in clunky boots?
|Upon realizing meaning of phrase "No Pain No Gain."|
|Saw Eden doing the splits and thought we were going with some sort of theme.|