Now that Halloween is over, the holidays are real

November 1, 2013 |  Category:   holidays life



An unusually warm evening on Halloween meant that the neighborhood was extra packed for trick or treating. Stoop parties spilled out on sidewalks and it seemed like there were more adults dressed in costume than I remember (Mark and I are lame; we did not). I think people were especially happy to see the Halloween parade back on after being canceled last year because of the hurricane. You know, I’m always surprised at just how crowded the neighborhood gets, but I didn’t realize until a few people told me recently that people come to our neighborhood specifically to trick or treat and party on Halloween. I don’t blame them—Halloween in our little corner of Brooklyn is especially good. I don’t know if it’s because the girls are older and their little posse of trick or treating friends got a little larger this year, but it was hard to keep track of them when there were a million other kids in costumes walking around on sugar highs. I seriously have NO idea why our kids are so restrained when it comes to candy. I think they had 4 pieces of candy all night, and not before asking if it was ok to have another piece. I swear we’re not like some anti-sugar dictators who lord over every ounce of sugar consumed by the kids. Sometimes I feel like I have less self control than they do when it comes to treats.


Cats were a big costume theme among the 4th grade girls this year, primarily because of the Warrior series of books
that so many them are obsessed with. They organize themselves into clans at recess and pretend that they’re warrior cats. OK. I guess the alternative could be worse, like dressing up as Miley Cyrus.
I’m just waiting for the day I can convince the girls to do a family theme and go as the Royal Tenenbaums. Mark is already on board so it’s the kids that need convincing, but one of the girls would have to go as Margot because I totally just want to wear a red track suit. The girls can’t leave our side though, otherwise Mark and I would just look like a married Korean couple in our matching track suits instead of the Tenebaums.
Now that Halloween is over, the reality of HolidayCookieMadness! is fast approaching. Everyone seems to have the holidays on their brains right now and you know November is just going to fly by. Here we go…our 6th holiday season. It’s going to be another wild ride.

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  • Joann November 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    This post cracked me up. Particularly the ‘married Korean couple’ part.

    I am very unimaginative when it comes to costumes, and thus, I hate Halloween. Have always. As a teacher, I can’t be too bah humbug about it, so this year I trolled the internetz for an idea, and figured that putting on a huge garbage bag with pictures of Eminem all over it was a ) free b) clever. I win.

    (Bag of M & M’s!)

  • Melissa@Julia'sbookbag November 2, 2013 at 12:04 am

    ha ha ha ha! please just dress up in track suits anyway!

  • Jhope November 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Please go next year as the Royal Tenenbaums! That would be amazing. We do a family theme every year. Our girl assigns us our unflattering parts, and we haven’t had the hearts to opt out. This year my husband made her fawn costume and we were rangers. I put an image on the ol’ instaG. @jenniferbythepool

    • Jenna November 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      We will, one of these years, but they have very strong opinions about what they want to be for halloween so we’ll see!

  • tracy November 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I am sitting here in hotel jail (18 month old daughter daughter is napping I’m the hotel room) and had to stifle my laughter at the image of you and Mark as a Korean couple in track suits. Halloween is much more enjoyable with a kid (she was our 80s workout girl); I never cared for it much before she came along.

    • tracy November 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Ugh I hate typos…

  • zuimuchacha November 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    That’s one of the best ideas for Halloween costumes. I wouldn’t leave out Richie Tenenbaum’ style though, with his headband, sunglasses, long hair and racquetball.

    • Jenna November 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      we saw someone dressed as Richie in the neighborhood! But he was alone, so maybe he was Bjorn Borg

      • zuimuchacha November 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

        Maybe he was Bjorn Borg, maybe he was Richie during his self imposed exile after Margot got married. I think it all depends on his hair colour, whether he was blond or dark haired.

  • Cristina November 4, 2013 at 4:50 am

    ha ha ha ha, your post cracked me up Jenna! I would very much enjoy a family-themed costume too, but haven’t made it yet…who knows, maybe in the future. have a lovely week!

  • MCC November 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Laughing out loud at my desk with this post.

    ps – we took a trip from Boston to Brooklyn this weekend. I’d be lying if I said the gorgeous pics you’ve shared with us on this blog over the years didn’t help convince me it was a place I wanted to see! We spent yesterday at the Smorgasburg —- and it did not disappoint! :)

  • Sora November 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Well, unless you guys had insanely large visors on as well, I doubt you two would be confused with a Korean couple. Very funny visual though. I’ve suggested to my family as going as the cast of The Shining. No go this year, but there is always next year!