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Family fun on Halloween, bump included.

I've never been much of a Halloween person. Sure, I enjoyed it as a kid (free candy -- who wouldn't?), but grew out of it as a teenager and was sort of lame in college. While my friends were out dressing as Sexy ______ [insert any costume here] and getting drunk, I was… um… I can't even remember what I was doing. Probably laundry. Now that I have a kid of my own, though -- with another on the way -- my perspective has changed.

On Poppy's first Halloween, she was just 11 days old. The weather was still nice and there was a local kiddie parade in our neighborhood, but between the sleep deprivation and breastfeeding start-up, I could barely figure out how to get out of the house, yet alone get out of the house at a scheduled time, so we skipped it. Instead, we carved a pumpkin, put the baby in a Bumblebee outfit, snapped a couple of photos, and moved on.

Doesn't she look excited?

Last year was a lot more fun. Poppy was just shy of a year, walking, and not yet opinionated about things like clothes or costumes. We celebrated with baby friends, though she was too young to Trick or Treat properly, and had a bit of fun hanging around the neighborhood and attending a party organized by my moms' group

Photo credit: Kristine Foley Photography

This year, though? SO MUCH FUN.

Inspired by some friends last year, we decided to go for a family theme. We thought through our different options, considering what we could pair up with some of Poppy's favorite things (monkeys, animals in general, certain stories), thought about which ones would take the least effort to pull together, and which would allow us to include Boo in some way. While there are a lot of options and ideas out there for pregnant women, I wasn't terribly keen on baring my pumpkin-painted belly in late October weather and we were stuck on all of us coordinating together, which limited my options altogether.

I'm pretty thrilled with what we ended up with in the end :)

Both my husband and I rushed home from work yesterday so we could get dressed and head out for some fun before it got too late. It took some coercion to get our little one into her costume, but once she was set, we jumped into ours and hit the streets -- and it was probably the most fun I've ever had on Halloween.

We didn't do anything wild or extravagant. Just wandered the neighborhood with our little Cat in the Hat, teaching her how to ask for candy at strangers' homes on this special night, and laughing at her mix-ups.

"What do you say if you want some candy?"
"Well, yes, but what else?"
"Yes, that, too, but how about trick-or-treat?"

She got quite a few laughs out of folks, for sure. Eventually, we made our way down to the local "parade," wandered among the crowds for a bit, and met up with Poppy's best friend, Egon. As the evening wore on, we slowly made our way back up to our place, stopping for a couple of final houses before calling it a night.

Going out with the kids tonight helped remind me of how special holidays are to children. It took me back to my own Halloweens and the magic of dressing up and acting silly. We got a lot of laughs from folks as we walked along as a Dr. Seuss trio and of the people who noticed the extra "Thing 3" sewn to my belly, we got extra special giggles and congratulations.

I'm already looking forward to next year. 

How was your Halloween? Did you dress up your bump for the occasion? I'd love to hear about your costumes and see photos -- link 'em below if they're online somewhere!


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