Scenes From the Dark

I promised you Halloween stories and I’ma give you Halloween stories. I don’t care if everyone else in the entire blogosphere wrote this post yesterday, I’m going to write it today.

Our costumes were not super inspired this year (nothing like Jack’s Lego brick costume from last year), but they were functional and my kids were happy. Sam was a ghost skeleton king, Jack was a robot, and Quinn was a ninja.

Costumes…

Sam and Jack’s costumes were actually pretty scary. Q-ball was just cute. And practically invisible.

I should have edited Jack’s redeye out of the photo.

And guess what I did again? Made sure all my kids were impossible to see at night by dressing them completely in black. Next year I am going to make them all by disco dancers and at least one of them is going as a disco ball. I’m thinking maybe Quinn as the disco ball.

Algernon wouldn’t have blended into the night, but he didn’t want to go trick or treating.

Howdy, pardner!

 Pre-party…

Before trick or treating, we had to get some reading out of the way.

One of my favorite photos in the history of time.

Sam presented his Native American poster for our friends who came over to trick or treat with us. Those friends mostly engaged in swordplay behind him.

I videoed him when he did this same presentation at school. When he heard his voice on the video, he gasped and shouted, “I sound like THAT?!?!” He was incredulous. It was hilarious.

Ghosts…

Every once in a while, if you are really inept with a camera, using it on the wrong setting will yield fun results…

like Ghost Alex there.

Fear…

Halloween is supposed to be all about scaring people, right? Well, Quinn does not care to be scared. For instance, there was this green plastic bowling pin with a face drawn on it that we had to hide in the basement for four years because he would scream every time he saw it.

When we went costume shopping a few weeks ago, I thought he was going to pass out from fright when he saw a couple of the costumes we pulled off the shelf.

The point is, Quinn is a sensitive little soul who likes kittens and blankets and the color green. So when his little neighborhood buddy showed up dressed as Ghostface from Scream, Quinn didn’t react well.

Although his reaction was a little Blair Witch-y spooky by itself.

Quinn spent the rest of the night hiding behind me. He was NOT interested in being confronted with the scary costume again. It was hilarious and terribly sad all at the same time.

The Raisins…

I was going to tell you a story about The House That Gave Out Raisins, but no one in my family came away from that looking like a good person, with the possible exception of Sam, who left the house skipping and yelling, “Yay! Raisins!” So I’ll leave it at that.

The Payoff…

But it was all worth it in the end, because, you know, unlimited candy eating when the munchkins returned home.

Quinn ate more than anyone.

With this, I close Sucktober. Don’t let the calendar page kick you in the ass on the way out.

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Also, I just started writing a parenting column that I have called White Knuckle Parenting over at a Patch.com site. My first column went up yesterday and was called “Prepare To Feel Good About Yourself.” I’d love it if you’d check it out! I’ll be writing over there a couple of times a month.

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