We carved pumpkins on Sunday afternoon before Daddy had to go back to work.
It was a beautiful warm day and Lily was certain we were making the kitties so happy by hanging out in the sunshine with them.
As you might imagine, the kids delegated the carving to Daddy and Mama.
But they had plenty of fun playing around with the leftovers!
For some reason (and NO, I have not let her read or watch Twilight) Lily is fascinated with vampires, so she chose this fabulous vampire princess costume.
She seems to think vampires are really cool and nice.
I had to keep reminding her that vampires like to suck your blood.
Amelia opted for a hand-me-down purple kitty costume.
At first she wanted to be a vampire like Lily when she saw us looking at the fancy costumes online, but Lily told her there was no way she was allowed to copy her. We came across the kitty costume in the back of Amelia's closet right around the time we got all of our kitties, and thankfully Amelia changed her mind.
Lily wore this costume in 2004 when she was 2 1/2. We've been buying those Walmart Halloween buckets for a long time!
And in 2005 when she was 3 1/2.
Mack couldn't have cared less what his costume was as long as he got candy, so he wore a Lily hand-me-down, too.
Lily wore this doggy costume in 2003 when she was 1 1/2.
Here's what Mack thinks of all my picture taking:
"Enough pictures. WE WANT CANDY!"
Lily, being a cool 4th grader this year, wanted to trick-or-treat with her friends. She's too young to go alone, but I offered to be the parent chaperone and let her invite some of her friends to come with us. Her friend Kierra came over after school and they got ready together. Kierra is even taller than Lily, if you can believe it!
We gathered up friends along the way and Amelia had a blast running around with the big girls.
Here's Lily and her crew: Kendra, Kierra, Lily, and Teeva:
Werewolf, Witch, Vampire, and Kitty. What a cute bunch of girls!
Mack really wasn't too interested in trick-or-treating this year.
Don't get me wrong. He wanted the candy. He just didn't want to work for it. After just a few houses he sat down in the gravel and went on strike.
Fortunately we had the stroller in the back of the Suburban, so he cruised the rest of the night. He did perk up when we got to Marge Carmichael's house.
We visited Marge in September and she let Mack play with all her animals.
Mack was hoping to pet the animals again, but they were "sleeping" for the night.
One of the funniest moments of the night was when the girls approached a particularly spooky house and a seemingly still mummy came alive.
Amelia totally bolted!
Other houses were more friendly. Karla and Seth Toomer were all decked out to serve the trick-or-treaters.
I put forth very minimal effort with my costume.
Mack quickly tired of the stroller and as soon as it got dark he retired to the truck to watch some Scooby-Doo.
The girls kept on truckin'!
Before long Mack was zonked out in the back seat. We put in a little over two hours of trick-or-treating before Mack totally lost it and we headed home.
The jack-o-lanterns and kitties were waiting for us.
Lily's pumpkin was an ode to her kitten Spooky.
Spider was fascinated with Amelia's bat:
I was very thankful that Mack was already zonked out and I didn't have to do the bedtime battle against the lure of the candy bucket.
It was a great night that ended with lots of giggles and a good ol' fashioned sugar high!