Mama Miller Parenting

Passionate parenting and homemaking.

Halloween from the other side…

on November 1, 2012

I have a confession; last night was my first time to go trick or treating as a parent. I know K is 3, but the past couple of years we have just done the Fall Festival at our church and Halloween party at a friend’s house.

I know. I fail at Halloween.

This year we decided to brave the crowds in my mother’s neighborhood and take the plunge. K walked and E cruised in her car stroller. (By far one of the coolest gifts she got for her birthday.)

Pretty much everyone was instantly endeared with our little Minnie Mouse being pushed around in her little red car. K got asked about a million times if he was Bob the Builder.

“No! I’m K Construction Worker!”

Despite looking like a perfectly reasonable Bob the Builder and liking Bob the Builder, he was not Bob the Builder.

We saw a lot of super cute costumes and a few we were less than thrilled with. Andy repeatedly told me that E will never dress up as “slutty” anything or he will lock her up and arrange her marriage to one of our friends’ boys. We did see an awful lot of preteens trying to be “sexy”. Failures included “sexy dead cheerleader”, “slutty taxi”, and vast array of other tweens sporting too much make-up and a Wonder Bra. It was slightly terrifying.

I practiced our Halloween rules with K throughout the day:
1. You must hold Mommy’s hand while walking.
2. Make sure to say “trick or treat” and “thank you”.
3. If they let you get your own candy, take one piece unless they say otherwise.

Following these rules got K gobs of candy. A three year old who politely takes one piece is often rewarded with a big handful being dropped in his bag.

When we got back to my mom’s, I gave E a sucker and let K pick out two treats. In a huge bag full of chocolate and suckers, he chose pretzels and fruit snacks! I was impressed and slightly baffled. (My child picked healthy stuff over chocolate?)

We bathed kiddos and set off for home by way of Starbucks for a peppermint hot chocolate. K was out pretty quickly but E was fighting it hard! She dug in her bag and pulled out the half loaf of French bread we had brought to mom’s to go with dinner. That little girl ate two and a half pieces of bread and finally went to sleep.

All in all, it was a good experience and we have enough candy to bribe kids until Christmas.

We went by my little sister’s work to say hi:

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