Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Earlier today, while we were preparing for the trick-or-treaters that would be arriving this evening, my husband asked me what I felt like advertising about ourselves to the neighborhood.

"What?" I asked, totally confused.  He laughed and pointed out how people often like to peer into your house, when you open the door for the trick-or-treaters.  Kids are especially curious, often calling out when they spot a toy or some other item that catches their interest - "Oh, they've got dinosaurs!" "He likes Bakugan!" "She has a Dora car!"  But I've caught parents taking a peek too, which is fine, but my husband joked, wouldn't it be funny to be able to put up a banner, advertising for stuff?

"Seeking a jiu-jitsu sparring partner."
"Would you like to start a baby-sitting co-op?"
"Free 'exer-saucer,' excellent condition - just take it out of our house, please."
"Are you handy? I'll tutor your kids if you'll fix our sprinklers."
"Wondering whose amazing curry I keep smelling somewhere, halfway down the street.  Recipe, please?"
"Anthropologie and Nordstrom acceptable here."

We could also put up badges or signs - like our "flair" from Facebook - and possibly make new friends (or enemies), depending on where people's tastes, allegiances, and politics lie.  For some reason, while we're friendly with our neighbors, we're not really friends with our neighbors.  Too bad we can't get to know each other better this way.  Still, I love how everyone pours out into the streets and we all chat and laugh and admire each other's costumes, even if we only smile and wave the rest of the year.

Our family of jack o' lanterns.

In costume!

(I caught Rowan as he was getting ready to jump - hence the odd posture.)

So excited for trick or treating!

Because my big brother is making this face, I can too!

Hoping your Halloween is full of fun, sweets, and only treats!


  1. This is too cute Carol! your kids are adorable, and you look great as snow white :-)

  2. Whoa. You are an awesome Snow White! All you need is the nice red apple!

    The kids costumes are adorable! I love Mario!

  3. That is an awesome Snow White costume! And your kids look adorable!

  4. Adorable! All 3 of you!!

    so what did you end up leaving around the door as a message?

    There's a great super scary halloween house around the corner from me- this year you walk up the dark stairs to the door and a 10 foot looming ghoul turns out to be someone in costume! Then you have to step over a couple of bodies to get to the door, and one of them slowly reaches through your legs to hand you candy from a bowl!! I can't imagine lying there all night, but it's an awesome experience.

  5. awe. your kids are so adorable!

  6. Soo are you ALL! I love it Carol! And the flair for inside "Anthropologie and Nordstrom acceptable here." Perfect! I'll have to keep that in mind for next year in our new house. In fact - I might like to keep that banner up year-round!

    xx Vivian @

  7. ovaries are clapping seeing your kids! Make me want some babies, pronto!!! They're so cute and how cute are your jacko lantern lights on the ground. Love them!

  8. the best thing about halloween is the kids in their costumes! so cute!


  9. Just had to post and say your kiddos are adorable!

  10. LOL, Cindi! I know what she means. I want babies to dress up, too :) You all look super cute for Halloween, I wish I got to celebrate myself!

  11. Your kids are sooooooo cute =D!!!!