Well, I'm not that prepared, nor do I usually do stuff like that at all if left to my own devices. But, in the spirit of trying to start more family traditions (I'm reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's Mrs. Sharp's Traditions: Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations Of Comfort & Joy and feeling like a big butthead that doesn't do any traditions with my kids) I decided to have the Halloween Fairies visit our house this morning too.
So, last night after they were asleep I brought there costumes upstairs and laid them on the table. then I set out these little pumpkin sippy cups I bought and stuffed them full of tootsie rolls and taffy. I also wrote out a letter from the fairies that said:
Claire and Sam,
We brought up your great costumes and brought you a nice treat.
One is for drinking but the candy is to eat!
We'll fly around you tonight and watch you trick-or-treat.
Just remember "please" and "thank you" and save us something sweet!
Love, The Halloween FairiesThen, I really lucked out, because when I heard Claire wake up in the morning, she went into the living room and was momentarily preoccupied with a book, so I snuck out of bed, lit tea-lite candles around the table (it was still dark outside) and went back to bed.
So...when she finally came upstairs she found this on the table (except it was early in the morning and dark). Being Claire, she didn't even disturb it one bit, but she ran into my bedroom to tell me about it. We went out together to read the card and she thought it was awesome. In fact, she told me later that it was "the best early morning thing that had ever happened to her". Haha.
Now, this all could have gone bad had Sammy awoken first, (which he usually does). Costumes could have gone up in flames and 20 tootsie rolls could have been in his mouth all at once. But sometimes God has a little grace on us and allows things to go just as planned
On our walk this morning, I was letting the kids take pictures of things, and we happened upon this house that had 5 pumpkins sitting on the porch, (alright, that's a lie. It had about 9 pumpkins, but I tried to just get 5 in the picture because it made Claire think of the Halloween poem they've been learning at school). Here it is, and Happy Halloween!
Five little Pumpkins sitting on the gate.
The first one said "oh my it's getting late!"
The second one said "there are witches in the air"
The third one said "but we don't care"
The fourth one said "let's run and run and run!"
The fifth one said "I'm ready for some fun"
Then....whoosh went the wind and OUT went the light
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.