This year, Ellie decided she wanted to be a vampire bat. When we first talked about it, she made it abundantly clear that she needed to scare her friends with this costume.
I asked her to draw a picture of what she should look like. She drew three. They are a bit gruesome (and definitely scary), but I think they are awesome drawings.
As it turned out, she didn’t end up liking any of the scary elements once we were adding them to the costume. She didn’t like the glasses with the red eyes, she didn’t like the blood, she didn’t want spikes added to the tops of the wings. And all this was fine with me. She ended up being an incredibly adorable furry little bat.
On Friday night Dana and I picked up Ellie, Ainsley, and Annika at school and surprised them with a trip to the Loyal Heights Community Center Halloween Carnival.
The two older girls enjoyed their wings and practiced flying in the bouncy house, and running down the halls twirling and flapping.
They also did a bunch of crafts, played some games and decorated their own cookies.
Monday night, we had our annual Halloween PEPS night. This time Zoe (A blind mouse who lost her buddies, as well as her tail) hosted. I love that the younger siblings are getting old enough to enjoy the party too.
Halloween was a whirlwind.
Jeff picked up Ellie around noon and drove her all the way into SODO so she could come to my office. I work in a secure building, and since I’m a contractor, there are strict rules about not ever bringing in visitors. Ellie has always thought that this was a terrible rule, and when I told her she was allowed to come in my building on Halloween she positively insisted we do just that.
I don’t think it was as exciting as she imagined it would be, but we still had a good time trick-or-treating, meeting some of my co-workers, and walking through the building. Ellie was not pleased with the number of stairs, however.
Then we rushed back to Agape so we wouldn’t miss out on any of the fun there.
Thankfully, they had a lovely protein and carb feast in preparation for a night of continued candy scarfing.
We headed home, but before we went out in the neighborhood, Jeff captured Ellie and I goofing around.
The Good Wizard showed up a few minutes later. Jeff, trying to get the kids to smile, said “Say boogers!” so Logan had to check and make sure there weren’t any.
We caught up with the twins next door (and two of their friends) and we hit up all the neighbor houses. After the younger ones tuckered out, Ellie and Logan decided they needed to visit two more houses.
It was a really good night. Ellie was thrilled with her costume, and we love to see her so happy. With that, Happy Halloween everyone!