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We are into November now, can’t believe it. October went by way to fast and I wanted to do more posts for during the month, but time just flew. Saturday went pretty well. I got Little L talked into a nap around 2:30. I knew if she refused a nap, trick or treating was going to be H E L L! She actually slept till almost 4. I started on dinner around that time so we could all eat and leave before it got dark. We got out around 5:40 which was earlier then I had planned, so that was good. We headed up to the neighborhood that we went to the past 2 years. Just right up the road behind the park. As we drove down the streets, everyone was sitting out their tables and chairs and doing some last minute decor. We got to a dead end road and parked for a few minutes to let the time pass. Hubby didn’t want to leave the truck anywhere so we decided I would walk with the kids, he would drive ahead and when he seen us, he would either wait or come join us for a few houses. Which he did, he was very busy, moving the truck and all.

The first house we went to though, I didn’t think this guy was ever, I mean EVER going to give the kid a piece of candy. He wanted L to say “Trick or Treat.” Well, we had been practicing all week, pretty much all month. But here is a stranger demanding that a 2 year old say Trick or treat. Let’s just say I wanted to punch him in the face at times. L finally said it and he gave her one piece. Poor Oldest was standing there with her bag and he didn’t even acknowledge her one bit. I asked her if he gave her any candy and she said no, but it was ok, she just wanted to get on with it. The next house was across the street, and this lady was awesome. She loved both their outfits, Oldest the Robber and Little L was a fox. She didn’t care if she said the three words or not. She let L pick the piece of candy from her bowl and then she told Oldest to take what she wanted and she also had some coloring books and toys. She told us to grab some for the little one also.

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So our night began, zigzagging back and forth, took some pics of the kids standing in front of decorations, said thank you like a hundred times. Watch hubby creep down the street, park up ahead and jump out to join us for a bit, to do it all over again when we got to the truck or passed it. Little L was having a blast and we were only going to keep her out for about an hour. She didn’t want to go home or quit so we let her enjoy the evening. A couple of times we had to get into the truck to go to another street. The second time doing this, Oldest jumped back out to go by herself, while we made L take a break. Oldest finally go to wear her scary mask that she had bought and we hit a couple of houses when she said she was done. She had to take off her glasses to wear the mask, which was not good, since she is so used to them, she could barely see where to go. At one point she pulled the mask up to get some fresh air and I noticed that something was off. Then a few minutes passed and she realized that she lost her beaning hat. Which really wasn’t hers, it was her dad’s good beanie hat. I went back down the street with the flash light and tried to retrace our steps, but no hat was to be found.

Everyone was walking around saying “Happy Halloween” and at one time, after everyone had left the area and we were the last ones to walk away, L got to the bottom of the driveway, threw out her arms and yelled, “Happy Ween!” as loud as she could. It was pretty great and Oldest and I had a good laugh as we made our way to the next house.

We finally called it quits around 7:40. Only had a few houses that was lit up but no one came to the door. There were also some that left the candy dish out for you to take a piece. I heard one kid yelling that he took a whole handful as we were walking up. Wasn’t much left in that one. L got scared a couple of times. Once she actually started crying, they had a flashing light that was freaking her out. One house had all the lights off, but some strobe light going, and L fell trying to get onto the sidewalk and spilled all her candy. The guy was pretty much a jerk to her, didn’t even bother asking to see if she was ok. Then when she didn’t say Trick or Treat, he said oh can’t talk can you? Another one I would of liked to punch.

When we got home, we dumped the haul out onto the table and let the kids admire it all. Then we let them have some of it and we joined in too. I am not one to pass up some chocolate. I worked just as hard as they did, even though Oldest would argue about that. After the pig out, we took some more pictures goofing off in our sugar induced happiness. I took 94 pictures that night!

Last night I found out that Walgreens was doing 50% off a picture order of 10.00 or more. So I sat up late going through all the pictures from the Boo Fest and the Birthday and Trick or Treating to have developed. Got 57 pics for done for only 6 bucks. Good deal I would say. Let the Scrapbooking begin!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween weekend and all the kiddies got to have loads of fun! 🙂

 

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I have always thought this comic was funny. Why? Because it’s my daughters middle name. I know, I have an evil side.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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For some time now, any noise or weirdness that may happen in our house, my hubby will say that it is just the ghost. Charlie the ghost, that is. He does this to spook Oldest and sometimes he gets me too. Our house isn’t very old and no one died in it, (well not the house part), but there are some weird noises and sounds at times. I don’t know how he came up with the name Charlie. Sometimes, L will point up to the corner of the room. This will make Oldest cringe. She will ask L if she sees Charlie and L will nod her head yes every time. We have even went so far as to tell Oldest that Charlie hangs out in her room. He stands in the corner and watches her sleep. I know, super creepy and we shouldn’t do it. She hates it when we say this, but it is all in fun. In my mom’s room, the light has been known to turn on by itself. We say Charlie is playing tricks again. In my bathroom, I have one light that likes to flicker at times when you first turn it on. “Oh Charlie, would you knock it off,” I say outloud. The the light will straighten itself out.

Several months ago, Oldest had her friend over and they love watching scary vidoes. We were outside early the next morning, trying to let L play before the sun took our shady area. Her friend wanted to play Ghost Hunters. He was talking about something on the show and Charlie popped into my head. “So, you’ve seen Charlie then?” He had a funny look on her face, so I went with it.  “Charlie, the ghost that stays in her room.” I said pointing to Oldest. “He stands in the corner and watches you guys while you sleep.” Oldest was looking up at me with a big grin on her face, thinking that this was going to spook her poor little friend. He thought about it for a few seconds, then shook his head yes. “I have seen him.” He said kinda low, looking down. Then he walked away. He never said another word and the Ghost Hunter game went right out the window.

When I was about Oldests age, I had a cat named Puff. On the weekends, I would hear my door crack open just a smidge and he would jump up on the bed, and snuggle down beside my leg. Even if I was needing to get up, I would let him stay for abit, listening to him purr. Unfortunately, Puff got sick and passed on. The first weekend he was gone, I swear to this day he visited me one last time. I was half awake when I felt something jump onto the bed and lay down beside my leg like he always did. At first in my groggy state, I thought it was him, them I realized it couldn’t be. Then I thought that maybe it was another one of our cats wondering around looking for a place to cuddle. I laid there awhile longer, then decided to see which one it was. I reached down before looking and there was nothing there. The feeling of a cat laying beside my leg was gone also.

Now back to what I said about no one dying in the house. Apparently the very first owner of this property built the garage. He was a machinist that liked to build guns. The story is that he wanted our neighbor to come by one day, he wanted to talk with him. He didn’t get the chance right away and several days later, the guy killed himself in the garage. Our garage. When hubby told me this, I was speechless. I felt so sorry for this man.

And no, his name was not Charlie.

Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween to all!

It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared.

-Vincent Price

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Last year I did a post about Movies that Creep Me Out. If you missed it, and like creepy, scary movies like me, you can get spooked here. Yesterday morning, I turned on the t.v. and since Little L had allready escaped the bedroom, instead of watching cartoons, I started flipping channels. I landed on FX and there was a movie…I went to turn the channel, when I noticed the little girl was up in the air, pulling on a blanket, all alone in her room and giggling. I had to stop to see what it was. Because you know kids alone in their rooms, giggling, floating in the air is not a good thing.  Then I remembered that I had seen this movie, but what was it called? It was past 8:30 and I really needed to be getting some breakfast going, but I didn’t want to walk away. After awhile and no help with telling me after the commercial break, (thanks FX), I remembered the name, Mama. It is a really good creepy movie about a ghost named Mama. It isn’t on Netflix anymore, that is where I had seen it a couple of years ago.

The next movie that came on, although I didn’t watch it, was The Purge. Now this is another not so favorite movies, but I have watched it a couple of times. I don’t like movies that seem real. I mean, what kind of town would let people go around one night killing who ever they want to kill and it be ok? I hope not any, but seriously, who comes up with this stuff?

I thought I would go over some pretty good scary movies that we have watched this year. We don’t do theaters, so most of them we watch on the internet at a free sight. There was Insidious 3, which I thought was definitely creepy at times. Sinister 2, I didn’t get to watch it all as of yet. My hubby watched it, and he said the first one was so much better, but it always is. The Visit was comedy is some parts, but creepy in others. While watching, there was one part where my daughter screamed out loud and then bit my hand that she was holding on to very tightly.  No Good Deed is a crime, horror, thriller type movie and worth checking out. Ouija is also a pretty good watch. I have never or will never own a Ouija board, but I don’t mind watching dumb asses play with them.

Some t.v. shows I got interested in were American Horror Story and The Walking Dead. I haven’t see the 4th season or the newest one yet of AHS, but we did a marathon of TWD the week of the season premier.

A few really bad horror movies that I felt like we wasted our time watching were The Gallows, Unfriended, and Paranormal Activity, the Ghost Dimension which was our latest one we sat through. It could have been a lot better, since the first 3 were good.

I am sure there are more movies to add to both lists, and I will think of them after I am finished with this post. If you have any to add, leave me a comment so I can check them out. This weekend our plans include, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Gift and the new Goosebumps movie to name a few. We want to get all spooked up for Trick or Treating.  🙂

 

I can remember every Halloween costume Oldest has worn over the years. At 2 she had a Cinderella dress. She didn’t go out Trick or Treating back then, I really didn’t see the point. The next year, she was a cute little witch all in black and bright green trim. She had more fun giving out candy this year. Then at 4 she was a ballerina, and the first time she got to actually go to houses. When she was 5, she had no clue what to go as and we had just moved to Washington and didn’t have alot of money at that time. We went into a Salvation Army with a friend and she spied a black/leopard print dress in her size. She wanted it so bad, and I remember that it was like $2. We also loved going to the dollar store and they had these masks that came with all the pieces you just had to glue it together, in the Halloween section. We found a cat mask and she went as a kitty that year.

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My little Kitty. Meow

At age 6, she went as a Pirate, minus the eye patch. The next year, her cousin invited her to go with them and he was going to be a ninja. When we went looking for her a costume, she found a female ninja outfit. We called them to make sure that it was ok with them that she also went as a ninja. Her cousin could be a bit on the selfish side, but they said it was cool with them.

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Just chillin!

When she turned 8, she went as a dark princess, angel thing. I am not really sure what it was, but she liked it. At 9 she went as a Monster High character, Lagoona Blue. 10, she was a witch again, and last year at age 11, a Zombie.

For Halloween this year, Oldest has decided to be a Robber. I don’t know how or even why she came up with this, but ok, I will go with it. We found all the parts and pieces except for the right mask. I bought her one but after she got home, she said it didn’t fit right since she has to wear glasses to see any thing! I told her not to worry about a mask or maybe she could take some of her make up from last year and make her a mask. She didn’t like my ideas, of course. When we went up to Walmart last week, we walked through the Halloween section to see what I could get to go with Little L’s costume. She found a fox mask and fell in love with it. I did find the tail, but I figured she would just spend the evening pulling it off. While I was looking, Oldest found a mask that totally spooked the hell out of me. It reminded me so much of the movie “The Strangers“.  That movie is very creepy and scary in my book, I think because it seemed so real. It could happen, and I hate movies like that. She decided that she had to have that mask. I asked her if she was changing her costume this late in the game and she said no, she would just wear that for the mask. We got home and she put it on, Little L did not like the mask at all. I repeat, DID NOT LIKE THE MASK! She cried until Oldest put it in her room. She has tried to wear it a couple of times, but L just won’t have anything to do with it. I told her when we go out, she will just have to either wear the original mask we got or no mask. Then once we bring L back home, she can wear the creepy mask for the rest of the time.

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CREEPY!!!

I have pictures of every one of the costumes, since I am a picture fanatic and scrapbooker, but not on this computer. But I have to say. I still have each and every one of her costumes, packed away. Maybe Little L will like to wear one one day! 🙂

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Two Halloween’s ago. Little L trying on the witch outfit that Oldest wore when she was 3.

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Last night we got to go to the Boo Fest up at the park. We had more fun then we did last year. Little L LOVES the bouncy houses. At first, she got in one and wanted out immediately. I think it was because it was just a plain bouncy house, and there was no other kids in it. She came out of it and ran over to the one next to it. This one you had to crawl under some things and go around a corner and climb up a wall and slide down a slide. She was doing great till she got to the climb up the wall part. She was stuck. We asked if Oldest could go in after her, since there seemed to be only little kids going through. The attendant said yes and away she went. It took her awhile, but they finally made it to the slide. Down came Little L, down came Oldest. Back in went Little L and back in went Oldest. They were having a great time. We knew when L made it to the step thing though because the line slowed way down. Once they hit the slide, everyone came pouring out. They went in a few more times then we talked L into trying a different one. We made our way around to one that only tiny kids could go in and L jumped right into the middle. She was all over that place. It had tubes to crawl through and several different slides and things to bounce on. She was having so much fun. The attendant told everyone to get out so more could go in. We couldn’t find L. After hollering for her she finally appeared and we told her to get out. She looked at us for a few seconds, got up and bolted in the other direction. We had to laugh and the attendant told us that was fine, there was only 3 little boys wanting to go in at that time, so she could stay a bit longer. She came down one of the slides and landed pretty much on her face and that is how we got her out. She came to us rubbing her mouth and daddy grabbed her up and we got out of everyone’s way.

We walked around for awhile and Oldest tried to go on a couple of the older kids things, but the lines were getting way long. So we ended up at the food trucks and daddy got a burger and fries to share with us. Then they seen an ice cream truck and ended up over there. We made our way to the pumpkin patch, which seemed smaller this year. They were only allowed to take one pumpkin each. L kept picking up a pumpkin then putting it down in a different spot, so Oldest had 2 in her hands as we were heading to the exit. The attendant told her that she could only take one, I told her that her little sister kept setting hers down, so we were just trying to get her one too. Since she stopped us, L decided that she was going to pick up 3 and carry them out. We had to talk her out of them and finally got her to just take one and we got out of that. By the time that was over, the lines to all the attractions were crazy long, so we decided to head to the truck. L was not happy. She wanted to go back to the bouncy house, and I kept saying we would, but she would have never stood still for that long of a line.

I didn’t get the to do the two things I wanted to do, which was the hay ride and haunted train ride. We got there earlier this year and I was going to let them play on the playground until 6. Well they had the whole thing blocked off. I figured out that that was where the haunted train ride trail was at. The equipment was all decorated and there was a cemetery. I really wanted to see it all lit up after it got dark, but didn’t. I guess I will just have to wait till next year.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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October is over half way through and that means Halloween is getting closer by the minute. It is finally feeling like fall here in the desert. We have had rain for the past couple of days, even some mighty strong hail that had us all trapped in the garage Sunday evening, till it died down. Since this month is moving way too fast, I wanted to share some pretty interesting facts about one of my favorite Holidays. Hope you enjoy!

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Halloween celebrations date back 6000 years.

“Samhainophobia” is the fear of Halloween.

You can refer to Halloween as: All Hallows Eve, Samhain, All Hallowtide, The Feast of the Dead, Haloween, All Saints Eve and El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead).

We wear masks on Halloween because Welsh and Celtic traditions say that the dead visit the living on October 31st. They wore masks so that the spirits of the dead didn’t recognize the living.

During the 1800’s in America, the end of the harvest season was celebrated at the end of October by wearing costumes, eating sweets, and playing practical jokes on each other.

Trick or treat originally meant that the person asking for the treat would perform a “trick”, like reciting poems or sing a song, for the amusement of the giver.

The “trick” part switched from performing to vandalizing homes and other pranks if the treat was not given.

Bobbing for apples started with a Roman harvest festival honoring Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

The Jack o Lantern originated from Ireland, where they hollowed out old turnips and placed candles in them to keep away evil ghosts and spirits on the Samhain holiday.

About 99% of all pumpkins sold are used as Jack o Lantern’s.

witchpumpkinIn 1964, Helen Pfeil of Greenlawn, NY was arrested for handing out arsenic laced treats to teens she thought were too old for trick or treating.

Orange and black are the main colors for Halloween. Orange representing the Fall Harvest. Black representing darkness and death.

Black cat’s get a bad rap on Halloween. They were once believed to be witch’s subordinates who protected their dark powers.

White cat’s are believed to be bad luck in England.

Halloween is the 2nd most successful holiday. Christmas is number 1.

Halloween candy sales average around 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

Around 86% of Americans decorate their homes for Halloween.

Halloween is the 3rd biggest party day, trailing behind New Year’s Eve and Superbowl Sunday.

Pumpkin is a healthy holiday treat. It is low in fat, high in antioxidants and fiber. Roast the seeds for a fun Fall snack.

Bone Chilling Halloween Facts

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If you see a spider on Halloween, it is said it is a spirit of a loved one watching over you.

Legend has it that if bats fly around your house on Halloween night 3 times, death is on its way.

It is said that a person born on Halloween can communicate with the dead and has protection from evil

If a candle’s flame turns blue on Halloween night, legend has it that a ghost is near.

Avoid owls on Halloween, it is said that they will swoop down and steal your soul.

Want to meet a witch? Legend has it you will, if you turn your clothes inside-out and walk backwards on Halloween.

Some of these facts came from here

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October is ticking right along, and I have several Halloween posts that I am wanting to do. Let’s have some fun on this fine (rainy) Tuesday and play a game…

 Would You RatherHalloween Style.

  1. Would you rather walk through a graveyard after midnight or spend the night in a spooky abandoned house?
  2. Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a pumpkin?
  3.  Would you rather be able to eat as much Halloween candy as you in one night then have the rest taken away or be able to eat one piece a day and never have any taken away?
  4.  Would you rather meet a Vampire or a Werewolf?
  5. Would you rather BE a Vampire or BE a Werewolf?
  6.  Would you rather read a scary story or see a scary movie?
  7. Would you rather have a costume that is totally amazing but quite uncomfortable or have a costume that is not that great, but really comfy to wear?
  8. Would you rather make your costume yourself or buy one at the store?
  9. Would you rather get 20 of your favorite treats when you go trick or treating or get 50 that is not your favorite?
  10. Would you rather go to a really great Halloween party where you didn’t know anyone or go to a lame Halloween party and know everyone there?
  11. Would you rather go trick or treating with a group or get paid for taking little kids out trick or treating?
  12. Would you rather win a contest for best Halloween costume or win for having the best carved pumpkin?
  13. Would you rather sleep in a coffin or live in a giant pumpkin?
  14. Would you rather have to eat 6 fish eyeballs or have to eat a small frog?
  15. Would you rather wear your Halloween costume to school or work everyday til Thanksgiving or wear a jack-o-lantern over your head for the first 3 days of November?
  16. Would you rather help design and build a haunted house or go to a haunted house that someone else created?
  17. Would you rather be chased by 5 Zombies or be chased by 1 Werewolf?
  18. Would you rather go trick or treating in your neighborhood or go trick or treating at the mall?
  19. Would you rather eat all your Halloween candy or trade it all for $10.00?
  20. Would you rather dress up as the Devil or dress up as an Angel?

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Here are my answers:

  1. This is a toss up. I have never done either so I am going to go with stay in an abandoned house.
  2. Carve a pumpkin
  3. Let’s pig out and eat as much as I could in one night.
  4. If they are anything like Angel or Spike from Buffy the Vampire slayer then I would go with Meet a Vampire!
  5. Be a Vampire. Werewolf’s are too hairy.
  6. Probably see a scary movie.
  7. I haven’t dressed up in years so I would have to go with not amazing, but comfy.
  8. If I was handy dandy at sewing I would make costumes but since I am not, I will buy one at the store.
  9. I will go with 20 of my faves because who wants 50 pieces of candy that you don’t like.
  10. I would love to go to any party but I would have to go to one that I knew everyone.
  11. Go trick or treating with a group sounds more my speed.
  12. Having the best carved pumpkin would be pretty cool, especially since I had to buy my costume.
  13. Can I leave the lid up on this coffin? If not, I will go with the giant pumpkin.
  14. Yuck on both. Ewww…but if I had to choose, I will take the small frog. *Ribbit*
  15. I will go with the pumpkin on the ole head. It’s only 3 days.
  16. Both sounds fun, but I will go with design and build it.
  17. I would have to go with chased by 5 Zombies. Werewolf’s are very fast and I don’t think I could out run it.
  18. Trick or Treating door to door sounds more fun.
  19. Eat it allllll!!!!!
  20. My daughter says the Devil cause it’s cooler.

I hope that you will join in on my fun and answer these spooky questions. I was going to pick people to participate, but it will be easier this way.

I can’t wait to read your posts!  🙂

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Last night while grocery shopping, hubby decided we needed to buy some Halloween candy. “What for?” I asked.  “To eat.” He replied. He rummaged through the bin of candy and came across one of those huge bags. “What do you think of this one?” “That has 100 pieces in it, are you crazy?” I said. “We don’t have to eat it all at once, it should last through the entire month.”  This is coming from a man that can eat a bag of candy in 2 days if he is in the mood to do so. “It would be different if we had kids on Halloween to give candy to, but buying this much is just silly,”  I stated. He put the bag down and was looking at some others, but came back to the original bag. “Fine, go ahead.” Then I asked, “How much is that anyways?” “Twelve dollars.” “What the what?” “Twelve dollars.” I about fainted. The bag made its way into the cart. When we got home I hid it in the cabinet. Out of sight, out of mind.

I still can’t get over the price! 🙂

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Little L 2 Halloween’s ago. Going through Sissy’s candy haul!

It was bound to happen, sure took it long enough too. Here in the desert, Fall finally arrived over the weekend. We had very warm weather for Halloween, which was nice. We didn’t have to walk around with jackets on or umbrellas! Saturday hit and the temps dropped down into the 80’s and today they were in the low 70’s. Last night, it got down to 50. We had to shut all the windows we had opened and turn off the ceiling fans. It was a really nice change of pace. The 90+ degree temps all October was starting to get to me. Oh don’t get me wrong, I still love hot weather, but enough was enough, ya know.

Our Halloween was pretty nice, once we got going. At the last minute, my daughters friend asked if we wanted to walk around with them. We went out with them last year, and we had a good time. They wanted to come up to our side of town, which was fine by me, but they were late getting here due to make up malfunction.  I had the bright idea to take Little L to a few houses. I had been planning this for weeks and she was all excited to get to go out, but once they showed up she started to cry. I think being outside in the dark got to her. Then we started to get into the truck and we lost her pacifier. She didn’t really need it, but we carry it with us just for a safety net. I looked all over for it and they all had their flashlights scanning the ground, but no one found it. We went on and I finally got her to calm down. At the last house we took her too, which was only 3, she started to mellow out and like what we were doing. When she got in the truck and looked in her bucket, the look on her face was priceless. Daddy took her home and I jumped in the car with them and we were on our way.

Where we went was right up the road, but there were alot of houses lit up and decorated. There was even a haunted house that one family put on in their garage. We went through it, but my daughters friend was a little scared so the ones running it told the people inside to keep it calm. It was still spooky the way they did it, instead of jumping out at you, they stood very still as you walked by. CREEPY. They had this one really tall guy dressed as a scary clown. He peaked out from behind a curtain and honked a horn at us. When we were done, we circled back around to the front of the house and the little girl that had gotten in front of me waved at what you thought was a statue with a mask on, standing at the corner of the house. He didn’t say anything but raised one finger up to his mouth as to say shhhh. I seen this and chills ran down my arms.

After about an hour and a half we were done. Oldest got a bunch of candy and it was mainly all the good stuff like reeses and milky ways. I ate more chocolate the next day then I had in the past 4 months. My mom even bought 2 bags, even though I told her we wouldn’t get any trick or treaters on our street.

When we got home that night, I found out that daddy had found the paci up under the front seat in the truck. Little L was fast asleep and didn’t make a peep when we got in. Daddy had let her play with the candy she got. She had fun squeezing it in her little hands, in the wrapper of course. She squeezed it until it melted and the candy was just a crumpled gooey mess. But it definitely kept her busy for the time we were gone.

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Doesn’t she look scary!