A happy, rainy, sticky Halloween

This year was our first trick-or-treating experience as a family and it almost didn't happen. The weather was rainy all day and plans were being changed continually. 

I finally got us all out the door and into the van at 4pm. First stop, new Starbucks drive-thru. I suited the kids up in costume just in case we drove past an awesome house and I felt comfortable enough to run them up to the front door. 

Driving into the Edgewater neighborhood, I saw a few parents with umbrellas shuffling their kids door to door. The boys and I parked and fell in step with two middle school girls, fearlessly ringing every door. Got LOTS of candy!

Even though it was dreary and damp, Edgewater was ready for their trick or treaters. Some neighbors sat on their front porches with buckets in hand. One mom manned a tented station next to the sidewalk with her baby. I asked an older couple how many kids they normally get each year and they said '500'. I think they'll get 502 from now on because David and Judah will definitely be among the regulars.

We also stopped by the Driscolls where David was ready to call it a night and play with all their Halloween decorations. Then headed home to have post trick-or-treating pizza with David's buddy Jana and family. They reported excellent trick-or-treat options on our street. 

Trick-or-treating turned out to be an activity that rain could not ruin. David went from timidly repeating the appropriate words after me to singing 'Thank You!' as he rushed on to the next house. I kind of wish there we're other times to mingle in this way with our neighbors. It was so fun.

If I could sum up Halloween in one word, I'd say, "sticky". Or at least the post trick-or-treating part.

Toddler Halloween Party - David ate at least 15 gummy worms from the treat table. 

Toddler Halloween Party - David ate at least 15 gummy worms from the treat table. 

David and Elizabeth Driscoll.

David and Elizabeth Driscoll.

Judah and his Craigslist lion costume. 

Judah and his Craigslist lion costume.