11.01.2016

Halloween 2016

Eons ago when I asked Marcus what he wanted to be for Halloween he was quick to reply, "A football player!" Internally I groaned. A football player seemed so generic, and honestly, kind of boring.

As Halloween neared, I persistently asked if a football player was really the costume of choice. A resounding, "YES!" was always the answer.

For the first time in.... ever?... I purchased our costumes (usually my mom creates the most magical costumes). Marcus, the football player. Julia, the cheerleader. Scott (not pictured), the football coach. Me? I'm the referee. While not as creative as I was hoping, each costume seemed so appropriately representative of our actual roles in life.
Admittedly I initially had zero intentions of putting this post together, or using any of the photos I took. And all for a number of (selfish) reasons... For example, the photo above: Scott's not in the picture, the focus is completely jacked, Julia is probably distracted by a bird, and my hair is frizzy (like, woah). But, it's really the only photo I have of us, and I want my kids to remember.

And last night? Oh my gosh. Let's just talk about how much fun Trick or Treating was. At first I don't think Marcus really grasped the concept until we were sitting down for dinner and the doorbell rang. Once Marcus realized kids were dressed up, going to houses, FOR CANDY, it all clicked. He looked up from his dinner plate, his eyes wide and innocent, and said, "Mommy, after we're done eating can I go to people's houses and say Trick or Treat, and get candy, too?" Absolutely.

That's precisely what we did. We rounded up our neighbors and hit up as many houses as possibly in our little neighborhood. Marcus and his friends went door to door like old pros.

Meanwhile, Julia held her own. Like the big kids, she insisted on walking to every single house, carrying her own bag, and going up to each door. She'd proudly thrust her candy bag out for her treats. Near the end of the evening her bag got so heavy she had to resort to simply dragging it behind her. Several times we tried to help her, but she wanted none of that.

Please excuse the horrible quality photos, but last night there was just too much excitement and chaos to actually think about picture taking.
Let's pretend Marcus wore the shoulder pads and black eye strips that would have completed his costume...
After we'd made our rounds we came back home, where Marcus quickly resumed to roll of passing out candy to those who rang our bell. He was so proud to open the door, compliment costumes, and diligently pass out candy.

At bedtime we asked Marcus what his favorite part of Trick or Treating was. His reply, "Passing out the candy to other kids." He was so honest and sincere, and I was resorted to a puddle of mush.

Before I fell asleep I told Scott that this Halloween was the most fun one to date.

And while my photos aren't anything extraordinary, our Halloween most certainly was.

15 comments:

  1. Awwww!! They are so stinking cute! I was also slightly disappointed in the "magic" of our costumes - they were all cheap store-bought costumes from Target that the kids saw and INSISTED we purchase immediately. I was a little bummed that I didn't really get to make them or do anything creative. But the kids loved them, and that's all that matters. (And let's get real, I don't have the time or energy to make my own costumes right now...blessing in disguise.) I love your themed family costumes! Julia could not be any cuter and Marcus is such a little sweetheart!

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  2. Aaawwww!!!! I love this so much and I love that you shared a photo just for the sake of memories. Some day you may all laugh about the distractedness or whatever together. But more importantly you will be SO thankful that the memories were made and recorded. We totally failed at a family photo too this year, not even a selfie. Drats.

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  3. Oh my gosh, they are so adorable! And I'm so glad they had a great time!!

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  4. You guys look adorable!! Love the yeicknoe treating photos. It's amazing how magical kids make things.

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  5. Ahhhh how special!! I love this and I love that you posted your pictures even if they're not blog-quality perfect! (I have quite a few blurry photos, too. What is it with kids putting on costumes and not being able to stand still for a photo?!) And I especially love the Chiefs theme!

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  6. His response is perfection! Not getting candy but giving candy. You have a great boy there! I think the costumes turned out great! I love how Julia held her own too, so independent :)

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  7. That is so cute about Julia! I would love if your cuties came to my house!

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  8. Love all of the pics, they are perfect! As are those little babes!

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  9. Those are the moments worth remembering, hey? Who cares if the pics are blurry & not "blog worthy". Who made that rule anyway? I'm glad that you guys had the best Halloween to date! Next year, will be even better!

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  10. Oh your Halloween just sounds like the best! Perfect as can be!

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  11. YES!!!! I fully agree. Best Halloween to date for sure! I love love love that sweet Julia carried around her bag of candy. And seriously, I do love your costumes! Look at how proud Marcus is to be a football player. I think everything about this is perfect!

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  12. I adore the family themed costumes. We are totally doing that next year. And I think these pictures perfectly sum up your night! Excitement!! Glad you guys had a great Halloween!

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  13. It looks like they had a fun Halloween!

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  14. I think your pictures are great! I'm hoping we can let Abigail pass out candy next year- we hid out this year because Mabel goes to bed so early still. But she loved doing it last year!

    And I totally forgot to tell you, but I was a Chiefs cheerleader in 3rd grade and my little brother was a matching KC football player lol. I'm sure my Mom groaned internally too! haha!

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  15. Often times it's about the day and the small moments and less about what you dress up as.

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