Trick-or-treating was a huge success! We didn’t dress up Henry and Eleanor last year—they were just barely seven months old, and we didn’t feel like cramming them into pumpkin costumes to parade around the neighborhood past their bedtime. So although this was technically their second Halloween, in many ways it was their first.
After supper we dressed Henry and Eleanor in their costumes—a cat for Eleanor and a dog for Henry. Eleanor immediately started patting her tummy and meowing, but Henry hated the whole dressing-up thing at first.
He came around and the two had fun running around the driveway in their costumes.
We put Henry’s dog-collar-with-liquor-cask around his neck, which he pointed to and went, “ball!” Hey, he can be ignorant about the existence of kegs for as long as possible, as far as I’m concerned. They’ll be plenty of time for that in college.
After some photo-taking we loaded up the kids in the wagon and off we went to trick-or-treat. We were out for an hour or so, visiting the neighbors. We don’t have many trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood, so Henry and Eleanor were a big hit wherever we went.
Henry and Eleanor were often a little shy at first; I’d often have a little dog face pressed against my leg. But at every house they would quickly warm up, and would meow and pant (that’s what they think dogs do, since ours doesn’t bark) for their candy instead of saying “trick or treat.”
And the candy! The babies had a ball carrying their candy bags and looking to see what was filling them. Henry clutched a Three Musketeers bar for almost the entire time, and Eleanor loved to take her candy out of the bag, show us, then put it back.
Both kids had a lot of fun, but Eleanor especially seemed to warm up to the idea of trick-or-treating, and knew exactly what to do when she got out of the wagon. For the last half or more of the houses, she’d march right up to the door.
After we got home, we let the babies split a piece or two of candy. The chocolate was a big hit.
Between the pumpkin patch and trick-or-treating, it was a wonderful Halloween with the babies. I was so proud to show them off in their costumes. I think one of the things I look forward to the most about parenting is celebrating holidays and establishing traditions. In the handful of years leading up to Henry and Eleanor, holidays were often pretty melancholy days for us, so I’m very grateful to be able to cherish every minute of them now.