Truth is, I didn’t pull it together.
Yes, I mended the seam in Xander’s pants and attended the parade and programs, but the decorations stayed in the box and the donut fryer remained empty.
And it was a wonderful Halloween anyway.
Why? Because I didn’t have to do it on my own.
The kids picked and washed and carved the pumpkins.
My stylish and witty neighbor hosted her annual pre-trick-or-treat party.
A pot of soup magically appeared on my doorstep.
We admired the decorations at every house we visited.
One friend fried and served up scones right out of his garage.
Another served nachos.
The house in the gully had a green chocolate fountain.
I chatted with neighbors whom I hadn’t seen in months and got updates on everyone’s health and happiness. Friends called to each other from across the street; hugs and compliments were freely distributed. When the little ones got thirsty we asked for a cup of water along with their Kit Kat.
Halloween may have it’s gruesome, gory, creepy side, but around here it’s all about delighting children, opening your home and handing out your very best.
It’s exactly what I needed.
Stefan and his friend Leisl have been playing in the orchestra pit for Annie Get Your Gun all week at Skyline and stayed in character as cowboys. Now don’t be thinking there’s a romance brewing here. Leisl is simply our very, very cute friend.
Yeah, Ben wore that Peter Pan costume last year.
And when he was six. Stefan was Captain Hook.
I posted this photo last year, but I think we need it again.
Playing it cool.
Erik is a dark chocolate marzipan Ritter Sport. Can’t you tell?
Mary and I bought these in Salzburg this summer. I was unusually skinny when I bought this and could hardly breathe when I put it on Saturday!