Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Halloween 2013

Its safe to say that Halloween 2013 was very different than Halloween 2012. Last year Amelia had no idea what was going on. We dressed her in her adorable (handmade by me!) ghost outfit and paraded her to a Halloween play date, my office and to my moms to "trick or treat" and hand out candy...and that was it. She was of course the cutest ghost in all of Spartanburg, SC (neigh the world!) but the holiday meant nothing to her and therefore wasn't that big of a deal for us. This year on the other hand... now that's another story!

Our Ghost Halloween 2012

We began our holiday festivities with a trip to the Pumpkin Patch and our neighborhood Pumpkin Picking Party (again, love our new neighborhood!) to select the perfect pumpkins for carving!

We got right to work making a mommy, a daddy and an Amelia pumpkin. Mine didn't turn out exactly as planned but it worked in the end. We set out our pumpkins along with the rest of our Halloween decorations and enjoyed lighting them every night.

We went back and forth between Minnie Mouse and Ariel for our outfit of choice. I really wanted to find her an Ariel costume as she simply fell in love with the movie and character and songs at first glimpse but I wasn't finding a costume I liked and Mary Ann found a very affordable, very adorable Minnie Mouse so we went with it! On the Saturday before Halloween we dressed Amelia in her costume and loaded up the wagon to take her around our very large block to trick or treat. We thought this would be just the right amount of Trick or Treating for a two year old and we would be able to get back to the house to hand out candy for the rest of the night. We had no idea how Amelia would react to Trick or Treating but basically as soon as she discovered you received candy if you went to these strangers houses and said the magic words ("Trick or Treat") she was all in. After a few houses we didn't even have to remind her what to say! She loved every minute of it and also enjoyed sitting on the front porch passing out candy to the droves of kids ... and teenagers...hmmm...who came to our neighborhood to get the good stuff! She essentially spent the night...and several days and nights after asking for candy and telling us she "needed" it. Holy cow! I can't tell you how many times I said to Eric, "Remember when Amelia didn't know what candy was? Those were the days..."

Our last Holiday celebration was with our Moms Group. We took the kids to Trick or Treat at a local Assisted Living Home. Again, she did great, she loved it, she begged me to eat candy for hours! :)

Overall Amelia, and Eric and I, had an awesome Halloween experience. Cant wait for next year!

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