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Tricks and Treats

So I was a little anxious about taking Cooper Trick or Treating this year.  I wasn’t quite sure how he would react to potentially seeing scary costumes, decorations and the whole going up to strangers houses asking for candy thing.  A lot of the cartoons that he watches had Halloween episodes, so he started asking about Halloween and Trick or Treating.  I told him that he had to dress up in a costume or he wouldn’t get any candy.  I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween and he said he wanted to be a pumpkin.  So, off pumpkin costume hunting we went.  Cooper has become extremely picky about his clothes and didn’t want to have anything to do with any of the costumes we looked at.  I reminded him that he couldn’t go Trick or Treating without a costume and he said that was ok and he would wait until he got bigger.  (It’s amazing how his just shy of three-year old brain works.) 

A few days go by and he starts talking about how he wants to go Trick or Treating again.  I remind him that no one will give him candy unless he is dressed up.  A friend of mine gave me a bag of hand-me-down clothes for him and there happened to be a pair of Osh Kosh overalls, so I suggested he wear those along with one of his two conductor hats and be a train conductor.  He agreed and I was so thankful that I did not have to pay for a costume that he probably would not wear. 

We were invited to hang out with some friends to Trick or Treat and hand out candy.  Oh my gosh, he had soooo much fun!  He totally blew my expectations out of the water.  After seeing Ava go up to the first house, say “Pick or Peat’, and come back with candy, he was hooked!  He pretty much ran up to the porch of every house and wanted to be the first to say Trick or Treat. 

When the kids were done Trick or Treating, we hung out on the porch to hand out candy.  I allowed him to eat two small packages of candy (fruit snacks and skittles) and it was almost like he ate everything in his bucket.  He was so hyper-active it was not even funny.  He was running around playing with the girls, trying to scare the girls, handing out candy, rearranging the pumpkins, rolling the pumpkins down the stairs, running up and down the front walk…he should have been dressed like the energizer bunny!

All in all, we had a great night hanging out with Dan, Lauren, Ava and their friends.  Cooper even fell asleep in the car on the way home, which never happens.  Today all he talks about is wanting to go Trick or Treating again.  Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until next year.  Here are some pics of our super fun Halloween.  Make sure you check out the descriptions under the pics.

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