Halloween Hoot(s)

We're elbow-deep in Halloween-goodness this week!

This past Saturday we attended not one but two local Halloween events: our Downtown trick-or-treating and our neighborhood park's 'Halloween Hoot'. They were a few hours apart, so we were able to attend both. Viola chose to wear her new Limited Edition Sleeping Beauty costume, and Evangeline wore her Sofia the First costume (which she's finally, mostly, grown into!) 

We had done the Downtown trick-or-treating years ago when Viola was little, and had had a really good time. Essentially, all the businesses on main street set out candy (and coupons!) and the kids are able to enjoy a relatively safe trick-or-treating experience in the daylight hours. This year, however, it was absolutely packed. (I blame the beautiful weather). We're talking Walt Disney World at peak season level crowds. 15 minute line for a lousy kitkat bar? Totally not worth it. After about 10 minutes I was totally frazzled by the crowd and was ready to call it quits... but the kids were totally into it, alas.

We did get to take our picture with this guy!!

(I was pretty psyched, but I don't think the girls even knew who he was!) 

Eventually we made our way to the downtown salon which was giving away free face painting, free tattoos, and free manicures to the kids. Viola, Eva, and the friend who was with us all got their nails painted and their cheeks painted. It was a nice escape from the crowd, too! 

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Compare to Viola participating in the same trick-or-treat in 2010 when she was the same age as Eva is now! :-) You can see just from these pictures that these how much less crowded it was.

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A few hours later and we were at it again--- this time at our local neighborhood park for the "Halloween Hoot". A decorated trail through the park's wooded nature area, with kid-friendly decorated treat stations along the way. The trick-or-treat trail ended at the park pavilion where there was a storyteller telling "ghost stories" (not really scary), apple cider, donuts, and warm fires to chase away the chill. 

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Viola got spooked by a cardboard cut-out of a zombie in the woods (in broad daylight) but fortunately one of the Elsas helped her work through her fears. I think she said something about "letting it go", I can't be sure.... 

Viola got spooked by a cardboard cut-out of a zombie in the woods (in broad daylight) but fortunately one of the Elsas helped her work through her fears. I think she said something about "letting it go", I can't be sure.... 

This was our first year doing the Hoot and it was fantastic--- certainly compared to the craziness of the Downtown trick-or-treating. I can't wait to do it again next year! Maybe we could even sponsor a trick-or-treat station! (Last week's Trunk-or-Treat success (we won first place!) has gone straight to my head!)