Nov 2, 2009


Was it Halloween this past weekend?

I hadn't noticed.

So let me tell you what it's like experiencing Halloween in a new town where you know very few people.



So the AG and I are attending a church that was having some kind of Halloween shin-dig at various houses around town - but we didn't know where any of them were, nor did we know any of the people hosting them, nor did we know any of the people going to them. And I'm sorry, but I am not going to a Halloween festival at someones house that I don't know when it is very likely that at some point one or more of my kids will vomit, poop, break something or hurt someone and the host will likely look at me and be like, "Uhhhh...hello mamma, are you gonna do something about your child?" And then I'll have to be all, " I've tried."

See? It's just too much.

So this Halloween we went to the Houston Zoo Boo where upon the moment we entered they posted signs that they were out of candy. Try explaining the "no candy" thing to a 3 year old Tigger.

And of course there was hardly anyone else there. It's like we had the whole zoo to ourselves. I think normally the park holds like 3,000 people and there were only about 47,000 people so, yeah, it was comfortable.

And the weather? Glorious. It was October 31st for pete's sake. So 80+ degrees sounds reasonable. Right? Try explaining 80 degree weather to a one year old in a 12 pound Pooh outfit.

Oh, and speaking of Tigger and Pooh outfits - you should have seen them. They were so cute. Of course I have no proof of this as I forgot my camera in the back of the car! The AG promptly told me how "disappointed" he was that I forgot the camera.'s funny he didn't mention how "thrilled" he was though at the fact that I did remember: wipes, hand sanitizer, diapers, one sippy cup, a bottle of water, an umbrella, the keys to the car, his sunglasses, a stroller, some chapstick, his contact lens solution, goldfish crackers, two trick-or-treat pumpkins and a fork that my son refuses to leave home without.

So yes, I know I sound like Debbie Downer and yes, I know it was just Halloween. But it won't exactly go down in the record books as our best one. I can't even fain delight by at least acknowledging that my kids brought home buckets of candy that I can tear into when they're asleep. Geez Louise - they didn't get any candy for Halloween!!! Tell me, how unfair is my life????????????????

I will at least acknowledge that sweet Poppy did go and buy them some cotton candy at the zoo. It was the first time my kids had ever had Cotton candy and they couldn't exactly figure it out (though in usual Rocco determination, when it comes to food, he ate every last bite) so at least I did get a good laugh when Remi looked at it, put it in her mouth and asked, "Why are you feeding me sheep's hair?"

Well, how was yours? But I beg you...don't rub it in.


Sissy said...

I am falling down laughing at that last comment of Remi's. Ohmygosh...sheep's hair? Well, the highlight of my halloween was a goat (check out the pic on my blog). Yup, a goat.

katy said...

Haha!! Love it...not sure which Halloween was worse...yours, or mine spent home with a child with strep throat who did NOT get to trick or treat or dress up :-( Oh well, there's always next year...

oldwomaninashoe said...

We took the kids Trunk & Treating on Thursday night, followed by soup made by a bunch of farm women. Yeah, it was good.
Now let me say this as nicely as I can.....I have adopted some crazy children, who grew up to be crazy adults. You all know what a full moon does to the mentally ill? Well, it's true! But my highlight of the day was when I was at WalMart. I heard a friend of mine, two aisles away exclaim, "HAS YOUR MOTHER SEEN YOU?". That's when I dropped to my knees and pleaded with Jesus to please, please, PLEASE don't let it by one of my kids. Jesus doesn't always answer prayers the way you hope. Sure enough, around the corner came my 19 year old daughter dressed like a hooker. She came up to me grinning and asked me what I thought. I was thinking two things:
1. Her Daddy better never see her dressed that way.
2. Would she hold still while I duct taped her top to her body & covered up "the girls".
All I could say was, "Kirsten Danielle, you are so lucky you aren't living under my roof tonight.".

Leigh said...

OMG! I can completely relate! I waited 41 years to take a little one trick or treating....and all of a sudden, our neighborhood goes Dullsville.

And in fabulous Savannah, GA, it was 82 and steamy. I think we'd have done better passing out funeral home fans than gooey chocolate. Have you ever noticed all Halloween costumes are made for kids who live in Siberia?


Anyway, thanks for sharing your stories...I love 'em! Wish you lived on my street so our kids could vomit and poop together!

shar said...

Did you see the Dallas Cowgirl Cheerleader that dressed up as Little Wayne.That girl is getting kicked out for sure!

Givinya De Elba said...

You can't be a Debbie Downer if you make us laugh so much!

Our Halloween was negligible, in that we're in Australia. Hope that helps.

nancy said...

Oh, but it's all about the story you get to tell! That's what I tell my kids when things go pathetically wrong. Milk it for all it's worth when you tell the story and make sure you come out looking like a martyr most excellent so people will shower you with pity....and pie!

Teresa said...

Oh I can't imagine the look on your face when he said "sheep hair!"

My daughter was with her dad who then took her over for a sleepover at a friend's house and then a friend came over and we watched Twilight for the first time!

Carrie said...

Hilarious. That sheep hair comment was too funny. And we don't celebrate Halloween, so we have no candy either. Consoling myself with pumpkin-flavored ice cream. :)

My hubby does the SAME THING when I forget my cell phone (often). I'm like, "Well, I remembered the sippy cup & the cracker cup with crackers in it, and the diapers & wipes, and the Barney Laptop...." :)

Janis said...

Sheep's hair? Oh that's funny-sweet tea almost shot out my nose! Here's the rub: We have WAY too much candy! Seriously, can I send you some?