The boys had their light weight Halloween costumes of Dash from the Incredibles and pit crew for Lighting McQueen for daycare which they really enjoyed. But lets face it, that's just the warm-up for the main event later that night.
Being off for paternity leave left me able to pick them up early and see all their little friends dressed up, they were all so excited. I also caught the end of a petite spectacle that was put on at the daycare.
As per tradition of the past few years my parents came over to see the kids (I have to say kids now, not boys. Having a third kid is really starting to be work). My dad comes out with us and my mom helps hands out the candy, which was really helpful this year as Donna might be feeding AR and can't exactly make it to the door.
As us men went off to forage for much needed supplies (candy) we left the women folk to tend to the children (I'm so joking about this).
We cast our net wider this year and doubled our normal route. Taking turns of pulling the wagon (but my dad did most of that. Thanks dad).
I've perviously made mention of the lengths some people in my neighbourhood go to decorate their homes for Halloween, but seeing is believeing. These people certainly have some imagination and time. One of the places had one cropse face down with a knife in it's back and a gallows with another hanging. Yikes!
Now I have to apologise to Donna. Running up to Halloween she was worried we'd run out of candy. I assured her not to worry and we'd be fine with the 80 bags she made. But still she bought some more just to make sure we didn't run out. I'm sorry honey you were right.
A little after we got home trick or treating and my parents left we got nailed by a pack of teenagers that nearly cleaned us out. I quickly turned off the lights and moved the pumpkins to the back balcony before the next batch could descend upon us. Today Donna estimates we got 120-130 kids show up. Yikes! That's alot of kids.
This year the boys painted their own little pumpkins and Daddy couldn't help get in on the fun. ET did a great face on his and was done in five minutes and Carts took at least thirty minutes plus painting his.
I guess he wanted to make sure he painted the whole thing. ET said my Nightmare Before Christmas one was cool, but I had to explain to him that daddy cheated and used the internet and his was much better because he thought it up himself.
Like pastyears, we carved some pumpkins. And by we I mean Donna empty's them, I carve them and the boys check out how I'm doing during commercials. Which was okay, because I had a big headache and they were going to cause my head to implode. Last year we invested in a carving set that came with stencils that are really make the job faster and easier.
The weekend before the big event, we had a boys only day at LaRonde and let Donna rest and relax.
Since we had the season pass we went one last time for the year for Halloween. Like last year, they had the place decked out in a Halloween theme… pumpkins, spiders, and people dressed up as vampires and rats walking around the park. There was even some kids already in their Halloween costumes.
I was going to buy some popcorn for us to snack on, but it was only being sold in the reusable bucket container for $10 (they must have hundreds left from the 2008 season) and it was way too much for the boys to eat late in the day. So we got beaver tails instead. In retrospect maybe not the best thing to give little kids with all that sugar, but certainly less volume than the bucket of popcorn and I didn't want them to be stuffed for dinner. I split one between the boys and they did eat most of it, but ET was disappointed he got a plain one and not the chocolate. They a got a plain one mainly do to my unwillingness to clean up all the chocolate they would invariably smear all over themselves… especially Carts.
We played some air hockey at the arcade (see the video) and the boys really liked that. Though Carts did get frustrated that he couldn't hit the puck very often. Did wish they had some more kid friendly games; I just don't think shooting zombies is appropriate for kids four and under. Call me crazy.
It might have been a little cold, but the sun was out and we had a real enjoyable day. Plus it was a great confidence booster to my dad skills.
Like anyone I've seen my fair share of internet / email scams in my day but thanks to Facebook that number has grown exponentially. This is mainly due to the ease and simplicity of Facebook to spam everyone single person you know. Hench my reluctance to add the Funwall application.
The latest social engineered piece of heart sting pulling forwarding fun is as follows if you forward this you're gonna make 10 euro for Unicef.
First off, it's a fact that simply forwarding an email (or in this case a Facebook post) cannot generate money for you or third parties. Secondly, legitimate organizations (such as Unicef) do not solicit fund raising in this manner.
This kind of seemingly harmless misuse of the Unicef name (or any other charitable organization for that matter) misleads supporters into thinking they have actually contributed to the cause when in fact they have only succeeded in spamming their address book.
First off invest in a pumkin carving set. We got ours from Wal-Mart for $5 and it was well worth the money. Plus it came with a dozen or so stencils so it saves you the time of searching for them on the net.
ET chose one of the stencils out of the carving kit and the other I did in photoshop of No Face from Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. I'm trying to have the boys exposed to other kinds of animation other than Disney.
We spent a few hours at LaRonde today and they have all the Halloween decorations out early.
Ethan is really looking forward to Halloween this year and tells us about how he's going to get candy and dress as Thomas the Tank Engine at night. He's going as Buzz Lightyear at daycare and Carter is going as sheriff Woody. I can't wait to see them dressed up!