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.