Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Trick or Treat

Leading up to Halloween we had a few fun activities planned for the weekend before. The girls school had their 10 year anniversary as a charter school. They celebrated with a music festival out on the field featuring bands and performances from each grade level. They had face painting, glitter tattoos and food trucks. Gemma got unicorn face paint.
Along with singing for each grade level the advanced band performed. Lily is playing trumpet again this year. They are improving so much already.
Gemma and I took a shift working in the Girl Scout booth making a Fall leaf craft.
We had finalized the costume plans and while we were at Harvest Moon camp the weekend before Alex put the finishing touches on Gemma's costume, a jar of sprinkles.
We got to test out the costumes on Sunday afternoon at a "Tent or Treat" event for Girl Scouts.
Emma Lee and Amanda were at the event as well.
They got to go to different tents to play little games and get candy.  It was fun to see everyone's costumes. Scarlett joined us in her Narwhal onesie.
Then finally the big day arrived. Halloween on a Wednesday is rough for everyone involved! We arrived at school with plenty of time for the sprinkle jar to find her matching cupcake. The little best friends came up with their own idea to coordinate. Liv got the easy end ordering her costume online. 
Lily met up with her cute crowd by her classroom. Olivia was an adorable giraffe, Charlee and Scarlett were creepy doll sisters and Lily was so so excited to be a dragon. Her current obsession.
Gemma's class was so excited they could barely contain themselves waiting for the time to march in the school parade.
Gemma's class all together with her magnificent teacher Mrs. Linklater.
Then all the parents hang about for an hour waiting for the parade to weave it's way through the school. It is such fun to see what everyone comes up with for costumes. Gemma was a big hit with all the adults.
Luckily I'm friends with the mom who has an amazing camera in the front row and got some great shots of Gemma and Livia. 

Lily followed her creepy doll friends. She had so much fun living out her dream of being a dragon. She wanted some talons and some way to breathe fire but that was more than we could DIY.

After the parade is finished they return to their classrooms for a party. I volunteered in Gemma's class and got to help them make spider cookies. They were very serious about making them....and eating them too.
After school we had a few hours to regroup before heading out to meet friends to trick or treat. This year the girls were insistent we go with their friends. It turned out to be a huge pack of us from school. Some friends that live in a great neighborhood were kind enough to let us all join them.
The houses in this neighborhood go all out in decorating. It must take them forever to put together these whole elaborate scenes.
Gemma had to navigate the steps and door to door in her big round costume. She did really well until the very end and it got heavy and uncomfortable.
Lily was thrilled to have her friend Sabina come with. They were just a little pair off on their own gathering candy.
Boy did they get a haul this year. The neighborhood knows they get tons of kids coming so they have great candy and they got several full size candy bars too!
We were out until about 9PM which for a school night is unheard of.
There was a lot of sorting candy and eating candy before we finally made it home and into bed. I think the parents were just as wiped out as all the kids were.

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