The Minnie Mouse dress-up outfit that my mom scooped up from Target a few months ago that was intended just to be for fun around the house accidentally turned into Hadley’s wardrobe for the entire month of October and, needless to say, it’s toast!
We were invited to a one year old’s costume birthday party at the beginning of the month, and because I didn’t have a Halloween costume for Hadley yet, we threw this play outfit on her. She wore the Minnie ears that came with it for 2.5 seconds and I’m pretty sure were lost at the party. That big ‘ol bow worked so much better anyway!
Five days later we decided to spontaneously attend the trick-or-treating event in Aggieville (KSU’s bar/restaurant area) because we needed some fun in our lives after sending Jamie overseas the previous day. She needed a costume, so we pulled the Minnie costume out again!
She was very timid while trick-or-treating for the first 10 minutes, but she rapidly figured out that the candy doesn’t have to go in her bucket because it’s actually for eating. She had never eaten most (or any) of that candy before, and the sugar took over quickly. She’s slightly angry in the picture above because I’m trying to bribe her to sit in her stroller before the KSU Homecoming parade, but all she wanted to do was use her sugar high to run the streets with her best buddy Jack!
Laying on the ground because ONE YEAR OLD SUGAR HIGH.
The following weekend (October 24th) we attended our local zoo’s Spooktacular event, where the kids wear their costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the park. I went to this event with two of my girlfriends and their daughters, but we hardly got a word in edgewise with each other because we were so busy chasing our kids. Hadley absolutely remembered that candy is awesome, so a few meltdowns ensued when I made her put it in her bucket.
On the 30th (Friday night), my mom and I brought Hadley to our church’s trunk-or-treat which was held inside due to a ton of rain. This was the best picture I could get because she was a wild child! She wanted to do a lot of running, so we didn’t stay too long. 😉
Actual Halloween night was gorgeous, so even though we planned to just stay home and hand out candy, we decided to throw her in her costume and hit up a few houses. We leashed up Teddy and all went on a really nice walk together! She went to about 10 houses and did well saying “trick-or-treat” and “thank you” (finally!).
October is definitely my new favorite month. Every single weekend was packed full of so many fun family activities (that were almost ALL FREE!) that were wonderful for young children, and keeping busy was a tremendous help getting through an otherwise very emotional month with Jamie leaving mid-month and getting used to our new normal around here. I know by the time September rolls around next year I’ll be getting very excited for all October will offer for our family (of four!), plus we’ll get to have Jamie around for all of it!
More Halloween fun: Hadley’s first Halloween 2014
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