Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

For some reason, kids in Iowa (or is it just central Iowa?) trick-or-treat the night BEFORE Halloween. They call it "Beggar's Night." Also wierd? They make kids tell jokes to get their candy. (What-Ev!) Tonight we decided to take the kids out to our new neighborhood to trick-or-treat. We thought it would be a good opportunity to meet some of our soon-to-be neighbors and a chance for Bailey to hand out candy to lots of kids. (Our current neighborhood doesn't have many trick-or-treaters). She met a friend from school who lives around the corner and they tried to dress up like "nerds."

It was FABULOUS! First of all, the weather - AWESOME! Definitely still in the 60's after-dark. Amazing! And lots of kids - and not just Lauren & Grant's age, either! At one point there were about 5 middle schoolers on the front porch with Bailey....awesome!

And the parents were great too. So friendly! Everyone was very welcoming to us - I even received a couple informal invites to neighborhood Bunco (never played....but don't care...I'll go!).

Lauren loved the kids - and REALLY loved the candy (which is safely hidden away - WAY up high).
Here's Mark taking our little Tigger around the Cul-de-Sac.
(umm..yeah...that's our dirt yard there....SOD ENVY!)
3-4 weeks to go...and we're more excited than ever.
Happy Halloween!


M.A. said...

That sounds like it was a good time!!! The kids were adorable.

Sod envy - HA!!!

Amy said...

Wasn't the weather amazing?! Hey, we deserved a good Halloween, given the fact we are in for about 5-6 months of Blech!

Bunco is so much fun...totally mindless and a great excuse to drink wine and socialize. Have fun!

I have never heard of the Iowa Halloween traditions you mentioned. Strange...The idea of a joke, though, is creative for older kids...makes them use their brains a little bit for their candy.