Rowen and I didn’t win any costume prizes today, but our twin snowy owls were a hit with everyone who saw them at school – and again when we were out trick-or-treating tonight.
The highlight of the day at school was the haunted house in the gym; and the show that the teens put on this year was better than ever – even with having our trip through it toned down a bit for Ethan and Ehlana’s benefit. Mom, Aunt Leanne, and Claire Norton were all helping out at lunchtime with costumes and make-up for the girls again this year, so Ethan and Ehlana were with us all afternoon for the haunted house and class party.
We’ve had a beautiful, warm fall day for all of the fun, though it started out chilly; and is going to cool off again overnight. While the high school students spent the morning setting up the haunted house in the gym, everyone else in the school had to at least pretend to be having regular lessons. For our class, that meant playing our way through Math and English, and then going outside for Phys-Ed; since the gym was in use. That was fun too, but we actually exercised fairly hard too; so Rowen and I weren’t the only kids in our class running a bit behind at lunchtime after grabbing showers before moving on to the girls’ costume and make-up room.
The Grade Seven and Eight classes didn’t do the haunted house until two-thirty, so the main part of our parties was between lunchtime and then; and we mostly just cleaned up again after getting back from the gym until it was time to go home. Ethan and Ehlana loved hanging out with us all afternoon; joining in as much as they could for the games and entertainment; and helping out with making the munchies and drinks disappear. We were all on sugar overload by the time we headed home.
Ethan and Ehlana had also spent the morning with Naomi and Aiden, splitting their time between doing a Halloween Magi lesson at our house and going to the KidZone Halloween party. Rowen and I had to wait until after school to hear about their morning adventures, and that was part of our daily re-cap and snack time with Mom. We had time after that to go to the park for a little play time, and then were home again for an early, quick dinner before getting into our costumes again.
Dad needed to take a bunch of pictures, and then we were set free to go trick-or-treating while he and Mom stayed home to hand out treats to the three hundred or so kids they expected to get tonight thanks to the extra-nice weather and town reputation for being the best place to be on Halloween night. We hit every house on our street, just as every kid in town would, and then worked our way south. Rowen and I took the stroller with us, but we still needed to carry Ethan and Ehlana a lot; and covering the entire town wasn’t going to be an option for us – especially since my brother and sister attracted a lot of extra attention at every stop. That meant skipping streets or blocks of houses, but we made sure that we stopped in to see all of our favorite people – like Rowen’s grandparents; Uncle Nick and Aunt Deborah; and Grandpa Grant and Grandma Eleanor.
Even with skipping half the town or more, I’d say we’re set for sugar and snack fixes at least until Thanksgiving.
We were home by eight-thirty, and though Rowen and I did have the option of going back out again for a bit longer, we’d had enough; and I really wanted to spend some quality time with my Jacuzzi. I walked Rowen home first and we gave her parents the trick-or-treating recap for a few minutes before I went back to my place and helped Mom with getting Ethan and Ehlana changed and into bed while Dad continued to handle the incoming ghouls, goblins, and other creatures and characters. I’ve been in my Jacuzzi since then, and multi-tasking so I can go straight to bed and sleep after I’m done in the tub. I’m actually doing this journal entry first; mostly because I didn’t feel like dealing with email, work, or studying yet. I do need to get on with all of that, though, and have pretty much covered the news for today, so I’ll wrap this up and move on.
Say ‘goodnight, Cassie’.