Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween fell on a Friday this year.  Claire had been asking to have some friends sleep over for several weeks, and we decided to go for it on Halloween.  Why not get all the craziness over in one night?

So Claire’s friend Susie came trick-or-treating with Claire and Molly and us parents. ¬†Claire’s friend Dylan had trick-or-treating commitments in her neighborhood a few blocks away but joined us afterwards for the sleepover.

We did not expect anything but a lot of sugar- and friend-powered zaniness, and that is what we got. ¬†Many giggles were heard from¬†Claire’s room. ¬†Her and Molly’s toys were spread all over the floor, so much so that they girls could not find anywhere to put the sleeping bags, so they all ended up sleeping in the hallway around 10:30 pm. ¬†Dylan got a lollipop stuck in her hair, which¬†our dog Muffin tried to lick while Dylan was sleeping on the floor. ¬†Muffin also stole some of Dylan’s¬†candy, which was on the floor too.

Molly got to sleep on the inflatable mattress in our bedroom, which she always enjoys despite of protests of¬†“no fair” that she had to go to sleep before Claire and her friends.

The next morning there was a lot of running around, and candy wrappers could be found all over the house. ¬†The girls proposed¬†to all take a bath together. ¬†That was too much; someone was going to get hurt in the tub or just drip water allover the house. ¬†And Kit and Molly were leaving for a Pre-K family gathering right around then. ¬†So the girls settled for making a haunted house out of cardboard in the back yard. ¬†It had fake candles, ketchup for blood, the whole works. ¬†They even put together a “play” about the haunted house complete with a storm and lightening.

Claire would spend the afternoon over at Susie’s house, making their time together over 24 hours. ¬†They even pushed for a second sleepover at Susie’s that night, or at least dinner. ¬†They had to settle for lunch together at Thundercloud with Susie’s dad and then back to much needed rest¬†time with their families.

Well, Halloween doesn’t fall on the weekends that often, and I think we made the most of it!

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

A few pictures from this year’s Halloween. ¬†We did trick-or-treating around the neighborhood for a while, then I took Claire to meet up with her friend in her nearby neighborhood while Kit finished up with Molly near our house.

It’s the TV, Charlie Brown

It’s the TV, Charlie Brown

its-the-great-pumpkin-charlie-brownUp to this point, Molly has not cared about or even really noticed the TV, that big black rectangle on the wall that sometimes puts off random pictures and sounds.  Even when the TV is showing her beloved Elmo, Molly has been fairly hostile about TV.

Now, not watching TV is a good thing. ¬†But like all good things, it should be taken in moderation. ¬†Yes, Molly needs to be more moderate about not watching TV. ¬†I mean, if she completely boycotts the TV, then we have no simple and easy way to distract her from her frequent rampages around the house, harming herself or the furniture, or just making a mess. ¬†In fact, all of this happens almost daily. ¬†Now, if Molly could just watch some TV — just a little — then we could all get a little break now and then.

Watching The Peanuts
Molly and Claire relax together while watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

We finally had a break through on this front. ¬†The trick is not Elmo or Dora, but the good ol’ Peanuts. ¬†Charlie Brow and the gang finally hooked Molly. ¬†We don’t know why. ¬†But when we broke out the classic¬†It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for Claire for Halloween, Molly started actually watching. ¬†She actually just sits there with Claire and watches for a little while, maybe 15-20 minutes. ¬†It is a sensation. ¬†This is literally the first time Molly has really watched TV.

Now, of course one day, maybe not too far away, we may regret ever introducing Molly to the TV. ¬†But our experience with Claire in this regard has been pretty positive. ¬†She doesn’t watch very much TV, very little on weekdays, more on weekends, mostly due to time constraints. ¬†And what she does watch is generally movies provided by me and Kit, usually the same ones over and over, and not much junk TV with all those corrupting ads. ¬†In fact, I don’t think she’s really watched a TV show in a couple of years now. ¬†Let’s hope Molly follows the same pattern. ¬†Then again, for all we know, she may only like The Peanuts, which would be alright too.

Full Moon Fever

Full Moon Fever

Full Moon

Claire continues to be scared by supernatural stories from her friend Sophia at school.  Since tonight was a full moon, she was told, she had to do the following to protect herself at bedtime:

  • Leave some chopped garlic with butter in her bedroom to ward off vampires (why not toss in some onions and saut√© for the start of a tasty recipe?)
  • Leave a light on to scare off werewolves
  • Leave the door shut to keep out ghosts

On Halloween night at midnight, she is also supposed to run into our room, throw herself under our sheets, and scream, then go back to bed.  This will protect her from rampaging trick-or-treaters, I gather.

After making it clear that we do not believe in vampires, werewolves, or ghosts, we let Claire indulge in a little garlic, a small light, and a shut door.  But this is for full moons only!

As for her friend Sophia, I think she has a writing career ahead of her, with her convincingly creative mind.