Happy Halloween!

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Ollie’s Dragon Costume – Behind the Scenes

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Halloween 2017

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Every year I tell the kids to make the face they want for their pumpkin. Unfortunately, Alex refused to make the face for the picture (and also insisted on putting sunglasses on his pumpkin).

I went back and looked through all the pumpkins we’ve ever carved for Evelyn, and this is the THIRD TIME she has wanted a crying pumpkin (with tears!) Why does she like crying pumpkins so much??

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We practiced many times with Alex. Sara and I would get blocks and he would come up to us with his pumpkin, say, “Trick or Treat!”, we would give him a block and he would say, “Tank Yoo!” Sometimes he would also say, “I’m a turtle!” since we prepared him that people might ask that.

Of course when it came time, he absolutely refused to say anything, mostly just shaking his head no at the people. He did get into the spirit, though, and didn’t seem to be afraid to go right up to people.

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Of course his favorite parts of the evening were seeing the giant, inflatable cats and spiders, and when the two people dressed in T-Rex costumes had a fight. What more could a boy ask for?

Yer a wizard, ‘arry!

For Halloween this year, we had a bit of a theme going on: we all dressed as characters from Harry Potter.

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From left to right: Hagrid, Norbert the Dragon, Harry Potter, Severus Snape, and Draco Malfoy

Aside from a couple of wizard’s duels, Halloween went more or less swimmingly.

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Oliver was wearing the Gryffindor scarf I knit a few years ago, and Evelyn was wearing a brand new Slytherin scarf that Evelyn, Sara, and I have been working on lately. Evelyn would often knit in the car on the way to Billy Elliot practice, and then Sara or I would take over in the evenings.

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Unfortunately, Norbert didn’t quite make it all the way through his first Halloween. Luckily, Hagrid knows¬†about the Care of Magical Creatures!

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Happy Halloween

Another cold and rainy Halloween, but we managed to survive it (at least there wasn’t hail this year!). We were back home and eating chili before dark, and ended the night cuddled up under blankets on the couch for candy eating and Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Lucy and Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia

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Lucy, a skeleton, (a skeleton!), and a pumpkin (who didn’t have his eyes open in a SINGLE PICTURE).

Evelyn has vowed that next year she will be something that nobody has to ask about. It’s a shame that she ended up not loving her completely homemade, completely amazing Lucy costume. I loved it so much, but it’s just hard to compete with the awesome store-bought costumes these days, and 2nd graders are apparently not into the literary costumes.

And if one more person asks her if she’s Belle, she’s going to put an arrow between their eyes.

AND NOT USE THE HEALING POTION.