Wednesday, November 3, 2010
About a month ago, Adelaide received this month's copy of the magazine "Ranger Rick."
Amongst fascinating facts about crocodile fish and desert creatures were photos and instructions on how to paint your face and become a tiger. She instantly decided that's what she wanted to be for Halloween, and began practicing her "tiger growls." So for about $7, Adelaide got to be a tiger, once for her Halloween party at school, and once for trick-or-treating (and judging by the amount of makeup left over, we should be able to face-paint the kids for the next 10 Halloweens). The tiger growl came in handy when one man actually requested a trick before he would give her any candy. I didn't know people still did that.
Atticus didn't really have a clear concept of what Halloween meant, so it was decided for him that he would be a fireman, mostly owing to the fact that Adelaide recently took a field trip to the Huxley fire station and came back with a Junior Fire Fighter hat. Interestingly (but not surprisingly) enough, I saw 4-year-olds in Adelaide's class whose hats fit just fine. As you may be able to tell in the pictures, the same hat just sort of perched atop Atticus's gigantic head. Another fun fact about his costume: his fireman's coat was also my raincoat in kindergarten. Total cost of Atticus's costume: $0.
We had a great time trick-or-treating. Derek corralled Atticus and Adelaide, while
I carried Caedmon, who was dressed up as a bundle of blankets. Our route was basically just a trip around the block, but the kids still brought home a fairly decent haul. Our neighbors are apparently very generous candy-givers, as evidenced by the couple houses who even gave out full-sized candy bars. All in all it was a good night.