Sam made sure to remark on all the 'Punkeh' (pumpkins) and described them all as 'HAPPY' and the skeletons were HAPPY too which relieved me. There was only one house that scared them and it was when scary sound effects started, Sam turned on his heel and was done with that one even though other kids (the big 3.5 year olds) went anyway.
Rachel seemed to stick very close to Daddy, while I had to stick right by Sam or he would have walked on his own pretty happily. Because of that I feel like I missed half of the experience with Rachel but that is always the case.
Here's my little Pebbles and Bamm Bamm before we left.
Here they are in action....oh yes, Pebbles appropriated the bamm bamm stick about half way through and Sam only got it back at the very end.
It was a very successful outing and my theory remains in tact - keep your expectations low and you will never be disappointed.
I wanted the costumes to be simple and fast to make but recognizable. Done! Everyone knew what they were.
I wanted them to knock on doors and enjoy/participate in this weird tradition of getting candy. Done! They walked the entire route by themselves, held their bags out and carried their own bags the entire time. That shocked me and made me proud.
We probably went to 10 houses and that was plenty. And the very best part is they're still too young to understand that what they got was candy! So when it's all gone tomorrow, they won't know to ask about it. Woohooo!