|Our pumpkin (we're no carving pros over here)|
|Carey (the head carver) and his helpers. My job is to roast the seeds.|
|Emmett's getting into character|
|The cutest construction worker ever (sorry Carey!)|
|Ready to go!!|
|Checking out the "haul"|
|"What to eat first???"|
|This black goopy stuff (for playing, not eating) was the hit of the evening.|
The kids had a blast trick or treating, and we had about 80-85 kids come by our place. Some of them really impressed me (like the kid dressed as a mime who wordlessly stayed in character the whole time, even tipping his hat to me to "say" thank you), and others made me question why I hand out candy at all (like the teenagers who were on their cell phones while holding out their bags, or the woman who totally looked like a mom who was collecting her own bag of candy - she was in costume though...).
Anyways, now it's done for another year, and there's just the question of what to do with all the candy. In the past I've rationed it out slowly to Annika, and it's lasted for far too long. This year I've decided to take a different approach, and will let the kids eat all the candy they want (within reason, and at reasonable times) until Monday, and then whatever is left is leaving the house (a friend of mine is taking it to her daughter's Brownie group to donate to Ronald McDonald House). The kids don't need to be eating all that junk (especially Emmett, who is a very picky eater and would much rather eat junk than real food), and honestly Carey and I don't need to be eating it either. Next year I'm thinking about doing a "buy back" or swap for the candy - let them have their candy for a day and then offer to trade them the candy for a new toy or something like that.