Halloween 2018 was a terrific time! This is the first year Aubrey was really able to enjoy it. Last year Bree was only 1 and just learning to walk so we could only go for a little bit and push her in the stroller. She also couldn't really eat any of the candy so I felt I was taking her Trick-or-Treating for me and I don't like that feeling...
This year Bree was able to walk and really get into it. At first she was a bit confused and scared. Halloween as she has been learning is a bunch of scary decorations and she kept saying "scary Halloween". We kept trying to explain to her she can dress up in her costume (she has been looking at her Peppa Pig costume for a few weeks) and can go get candy. I don't think it made much sense to her. In the morning she had school and refused to put her costume on. I was concerned how the rest of the day was going to go...
In the evening when it was time to go Trick-or-Treating, Bree was more willing to put on her costume. Her grandma and aunty were here as well as her daddy and I so she wanted to go out in her wagon with us. The first house we had to tell her what to say and follow along with her. After the first house, she was hooked!!! She was so excited. I think she had this sense of independence. She was able to go get candy by herself and able to ask for it by herself. It was so exciting to her! Obviously the scary houses she needed some extra support so we would have to carry her up. When Bree saw some of the other, older kids running around trying to get the candy, Bree was trying to keep up. She would run with the kids and tried to join. It was so much fun watching her enjoy herself, run around, and laugh and get excited. Bree would point to the next house and run up to it. She would say "thank you" with such enthusiasm. There is no better feeling than watching your child have a world of enjoyment.
I can say that we have a great neighborhood for trick or treating. Some of the houses really get into it, have great decorations, and so many houses have their yearly rituals to enjoy it. Many houses had bonfires going outside and "adult treats" with beer, wine, or alcohol soaked cherries. It made the experience for the parents more fun and allowed for us to get to meet some of our neighbors we may not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. I don't live in a "small town" per se as we live in a congested suburban area outside Chicago, but we do live in a small neighborhood that is a bit isolated from other parts of town so it has a small town feel. It is pretty safe as people don't really come into this neighborhood unless you live here or know someone that lives in here. It really got us into the spirit and made me really appreciate our community. This is the kind of time I used to hear about from my mom and other family members. This is the kind of time I want my children to experience. It made me further appreciate the community, even though our house feels too small sometimes. One negative I will say is that we live in an unincorporated part of town which means we don't have certain luxuries like streetlights. That means when the sun goes down it is SUPER dark. Trick or Treating may go until 8 but typically it ends much sooner than that because people don't want to be out that late in our area with it being so hard to see or be seen. By 6:30ish or maybe even 7 LATEST the fun stops.
Well, til next year Halloween and I am looking forward to see how much more fun Bree will have at 3!