One of my fondest Halloween memories is when I was about 12 years old and my sister was 11 years old. We decided to collect our candy that year in empty pillow cases. We had gone out trick-or-treating with a bunch of friends (in that day in age, kids went out without their parents all over the neighborhood and there were never any worries) and we were heading home, with pillow cases full of candy. All of a sudden, a couple older kids came speeding by on bikes and one of them grabbed my sister's pillow case. She held onto it as if her life depended on it. I watched in shock as she was dragged quite a few feet on the pavement...I think the kid was just as shocked that she didn't just drop the bag. But my sister worked hard to get all that candy...we must have trick-or-treated for 2 hours to get our pillow cases full. She wasn't going down without a fight. The kid finally let go and my sister picked herself up off the ground, pillow case in hand, and said "let's hurry home". We couldn't stop laughing the whole way home...I mean, at the time it was happening, I think we were both pretty freaked out but afterwards we could not stop laughing at how she hung onto her pillow case as if it were attached to her body. No one comes between my sister and her candy! We still laugh about it every year when Halloween comes around when inevitably one of us will say to the other, "Hey, remember that one Halloween...."
Anyway, I always love to go back and look at past holiday pictures of the kids. Cole and Bella's first Halloween wasn't anything special because they were born earlier in the month and had just come home 4 days earlier from the NICU, after a 26 day stay. I don't even think I answered the door to pass out candy, out of fear that some kid would breathe his sick germs all over my newborn babies! But the next year, it was game on....I think I was more excited than they were, until they realized trick-or-treating meant "free candy".
Who knew Superman sucked on a pacifier while he saved the world from destruction?? This year, Garrett will wear this same Superman costume. Let's hear it for hand-me-downs!