And this year, it was a super hero Halloween.
And boy, did they get into character!
It was the first year that Jameson truly understood trick-or-treating, and it was MAGICAL. After he visited each house, he would come up to me and say, "I say 'thank you'! Mommy, can we go to anudder house?" After I said yes, he'd take off RUNNING, his cape flying behind him.
You know, I will praise my neighborhood every other day of the year, but on Halloween night, it is pretty pathetic. We see Halloween as one of the best nights of the year for a neighborhood! It's like a huge neighborhood block party of sorts-- an opportunity to visit with neighbors! A chance to be Christian and love your (literal) neighbor!
But I think I counted 4 porch lights on TOTAL?! Maybe that's partially a result of living in a neighborhood with poverty? No one turns their light on anymore because they know kids don't trick-or-treat here. Sure, we've got kids here, but my neighbor who's lived on the street for 40 years told me they all go up to the wealthy neighborhoods where there's an abundance of candy. Honestly, looking at dark house after dark house, I can't blame them!
Some neighbors left the 'hood to attend church events. Some were attending other functions in town.
But the few houses that had their lights on? We thanked them. My kids were so happy for them. One house waited for us to come before turning their light off. They remembered us from last year and knew we'd be back. Hopefully we're setting some kind of precedent? We have hopes that it can improve each year...
But since we anticipated our neighborhood's Halloween anemia, we drove across town to our former neighborhood to continue a tradition of trick-or-treating with Caroline's friend, Leah!
Speaking of tradition... look at these girls each Halloween past...
|Caroline & Leah, age 1|
|Caroline & Leah, age 2|
|Caroline & Leah, age 3|
|Caroline & Leah, age 4|
|Caroline & Leah, age 5|
|Caroline & Leah, age 6|
|Caroline & Leah, age 7|
It's so crazy how big these girls now are. How fast time flies.
Somehow I thought they'd be little and giggly forever.
Happy super hero Halloween!