Trick or Treat!

1 Nov

You guys are in for a real treat! Two posts in two days! I’m on a roll!

I just wanted to do a quick little post about all the fun we had with Halloween this year. Between Neve’s party at school on Friday and trick or treating last night with friends, we had such a blast! Seriously, this has got to be the most fun, awesome age ever to celebrate with a kid! Neve was so into it this year, starting with costume selection. We started asking her months ago what she’d like to be for Halloween and she said the same thing as last year, a witch. Well, last year that wasn’t an option because we were in a church setting for school, but this year, we were free to indulge! (Albeit, I knew we wouldn’t be an evil, scary, dark side witch…) So we got to work pulling pictures of various costume ideas and once we had quite the collection, we let her choose. She instantly chose this one and when we asked her reasoning, she explained that it was the perfect combination of a witch and her favorite My Little Pony, Rainbow Dash. And with that, Miss Rainbow Witch was born 🙂

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Her party at school was a blast. All the parents were invited to come an hour early and celebrate with our littles. Every single one of her classmates was so cute- there were princesses (Elsa, Belle and Sofia), Star Wars (Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper), super heroes, military personnel, Day of the Dead ladies, wild animals…They just loved seeing each other in costume! It was also the first time us parents have really had the chance to get to know each other better now that our children have made friends, so that was a nice plus.

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In the past, Germans haven’t celebrated Halloween, although that’s changing moreso every year. Most Americans, however, tend to trick or treat on the bases, so that’s what we did, along with our friend, Aubrey, and her parents. You’ve never seen so many costumes in one place! What a crazy place- and so much fun! And it’s not just Americans- each family is allowed to bring up to 14 (!) guests, so we saw plenty of German kids enjoying the festivities right along with us. (Let me just say that I was thankful we did not bring guests because the line to sign them onto base was INSANE!)

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The way it works on base is that, rather than the kids trekking into all the apartment buildings and up and down the stairs, all the residents just set up stations at each building entrance. Lots of them had fire pits going, elaborate costumes, eery music playing, smoke machines…Some even made it true tailgating with grills going and full coolers! Ha! Someone had told us that the trick or treaters ‘in the know’ start in the Officers’ Neighborhood because ‘the Generals, Admirals and Colonels always have the best candy…everyone knows that.’ HA!! So that’s where we started.

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Neve LOVED going house to house, station to station with her pumpkin yelling, ‘TRICK OR TREAT, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!’ all the way. People thought she was just precious- and she was! 🙂 That’s not my bias talking either!

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I hate that it got dark so quickly because that meant I couldn’t take pictures of the most fun parts- when the streets were packed with kids and their families, then the fire pits cast the coolest glows, when people were snuggling up to their mugs of hot toddies to help fend off the insanely chilly for October air…But you’ll just have to trust me. It was terrific.

My favorite shot of the night. I just it, especially the flag in the background. Just wish she had her hat on!

My favorite shot of the night. I just it, especially the flag in the background. Just wish she had her hat on!

She totally ‘got it’ this year and had the best time. She carried her own pumpkin (which we left with FULL!), she kept her hat on (a first!), she said ‘thank you’ when she got candy…Which meant that WE had the best time. Watching her love it was so cool. I really don’t know who had more fun – her or us! And now, to emerge from the sugar coma! Ha!

Hope everyone had just as much fun on Halloween!

4 Responses to “Trick or Treat!”

  1. Amy Kerley November 2, 2015 at 1:54 AM #

    Sign me up!!! Miss ya for the next couple months!!!

    • Erin T. November 2, 2015 at 9:20 AM #

      Missing you, too! Really wish we still lived closer- we’d have so much fun with our littles! Hope all is well!

  2. Eleanor November 1, 2015 at 12:34 PM #

    There was no doubt that Neve would have the “best” costume and the cutest and the most original! Glad this year was successful and you all had a great night. It certainly brought back happy memories of living on Air Force Bases and having hundreds of little ones coming to your door. You did a wonderful job with her costume. So original and so Neve!

  3. suzi marvin November 1, 2015 at 11:16 AM #

    adorable…and a great lesson on traditions of the world!!!

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