This is Adelaide’s third Halloween, and at 27 months old, it was so much fun this year. It’s really the first year Adelaide was able to understand a bit of what was involved with the holiday, and it was the first year we went trick-or-treating.
Adelaide got to wear her costume five times, so that’s not bad if I do say so myself. She wore it last Saturday at the East Passyunk Fall Fest and then Sunday at Boo at the Zoo. She wore it Wednesday evening to the Halloween party at my work. She then wore it to school on Halloween for their holiday festivities, and of course that night for trick-or-treating.
We’ve been playing up the Halloween costume for weeks. We didn’t want to fight her on wearing the costume–we wanted her to be excited about it. Weeks ago, if you asked her what she was going to be for Halloween she would have told you “howl.” Sometimes, she would randomly come up to me and say something about “Howloween Howl” (She also randomly says things like “Sit on Santa” or “Two Papas” because Tim has already begun prepping her for sitting on Santa’s lap this year and well, because she does indeed have two papas.)
For trick-or-treating we met up with Adelaide’s friend E from school, who by coincidence also happened to be an owl for Halloween. The girls had such a fun time holding hands and running around. We were only out for a little over an hour, but we have enough candy to last this two-year-old’s parents for
several weeks at least a week. It’s the joy of the Philadelphia row home. All the houses are so close together that you can build a huge stash of candy in no time at all. Also, in our South Philly neighborhood, if you really want to get rid of your candy, you sit out on your front stoop to give candy away. Gone are the days of walking up to random houses and knocking (although we did do a little of that in the beginning if the house was particularly bright and decorated for Halloween).
At 6:30pm, Daddy had to leave for his last day of work, so Adelaide and I went back to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters at our house. When we came home, I let Adelaide choose something from her stash. She wanted the little bag of animal crackers. So, we took the animal crackers and our big bowl of candy to give away and sat on the steps for a bit. I think we missed the bulk of the trick-or-treaters, but Adelaide had fun dropping candy into the bags of the kids who came by. I ended up eating most of the animal crackers. Then, Adelaide wanted a lollipop. She discovered the joys of a Tootsie Pop just a few weeks ago, but for some reason she thought this lollipop “icky” and didn’t want it after first lick.
When we went back inside she found her dinner plate still on the table and requested “more lettuce.” I laughed and gave her a couple of pieces (which she didn’t eat). Then, we settled in with a tangerine marked like a jack-o-latern that she got at her school Halloween party earlier that day. I love that she was more interested in tangerines and animal crackers than she was the other candy, but I know it won’t last. I’m a little sad that Halloween is over. We were building up to it for so many weeks, and I don’t know if Adelaide really understands that it’s over. She still wants to see pumpkins when we walk by the houses in our neighborhood (some people really go all out with their window displays), and she still talks about “trick-o-treat” and says “gimme somin’ eat.”
I know it’s cliche, but I love experiencing new things through the eyes of a child. And Adelaide is now at the perfect age for it. This fall has been so fun with her school’s field trip to the pumpkin patch, apple picking at Linvilla Orchards, dressing up for Halloween, Boo at the Zoo and trick-or-treating. I can’t wait to see what fun is in store for the Christmas season.