Monday, November 2, 2009

Lessons learned....Halloween past and present

Halloween 2009 has come and gone. It sucks that it goes by so quickly. Kinda like your wedding day. So much planning goes into just that ONE day and within a matter of hours, the wondrous event of your life is over....and then you're left saying to your handsome new husband, "Um....so what are we supposed to do now? Make babies or something?"

So yeah, Halloween 2009 is officially over. But as always, it was good times.

Of course, Tim and I learn quite a few lessons along the way and throughout the years. Thought I'd share them....

1) The classic "before" picture...where no one wants to stand still and pose for a picture, especially little Buzz Lightyear who has to be wrestled into the picture by a Power Ranger.

There is no way around the "before" picture...it's a necessary evil. Mainly because the the grandparents will hold it over your head for years, how they were denied pictures of "their babies" on Halloween.

And then you'll get the privilege of hearing about it every SINGLE FREAKIN HALLOWEEN for the rest of your life....and it'll probably be the very last thing they say to you as they lay on their death bed. It'll go something like this, "Mom, I just want you to know that I love you"...."Yeah, well, I'm still pissed off at you for not taking pictures of the kids on Halloween 2007", and then she flatlines.



2) You will never win. The one year you don't bother bringing a stroller or a wagon along with you while trick-or-treating, that will be the year they all complain how tired their legs are. It'll be non-stop whining the entire time. But the one year you remember to bring everything but the kitchen sink along with you, they will absolutely refuse to have anything to do with it.

3) You must bring "back-up candy buckets" when trick-or-treating. Because after they have about 6 small pieces of candy in their buckets, they'll start complaining "my bucket's too heavy". Unless you want to listen to that for an entire 2 hours, bring back-up buckets.

But be forewarned, if you have children 2 years old and younger, they will believe that you are STEALING their candy every time you dump their candy into the back-up bucket. And they will cry violently, as if you just told them that Elmo had a stroke and didn't survive. This will most definitely slow down the process of trick-or-treating, resulting in the older kids complaining. So, you're pretty much screwed either way.

Keep in mind....you will end up with more candy than you know what to do with. One look at this picture and the kids' dentist will be jumping up and down with excitement because we will have finally helped her purchase the Bentley Coupe she's been eyeing for the last year. Truly, a dentist's dream come true, right here....



4) There will always be one kid in the crowd who will stand there forever at the door, staring at the huge candy bowl full of chocolate bars, and crying, "Do you have any lollipops? I want a lollipop. Can you go get me a lollipop?" And, of course, it's always one of MY kids.


5) When their eyes start glowing in the dark, that's when it's pretty much time to call it quits...."Okay, guys, let's wrap it up....we gotta get home before your horns start poking out of your heads and you all turn back into demons".



6) Lastly, no Halloween is ever complete until each child falls down and skins their knee. I was panicking Saturday night when we were maybe 10 feet from our house and one of the kids hadn't fallen yet. Right then, he fell....signaling that Halloween 2009 was officially over.

Once home, Candy-Fest 2009 began....followed by an enormous sugar rush....and ending promptly with a sugar coma.

Candy-Fest 2009 continues well into the next day. However, the little sugar fiends start slowing down when you tell them, "What?! You didn't know?! With each piece of candy that you eat, another one of your brain cells die and you shrink an inch in height".

Just another little white lie to add to the list....

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51 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I clearly miss out by not having kids.

Kim Betts said...

Too freakin' cute! It sounded just like our Halloween this year!

Sadia said...

I love the costumes.

An additional lesson at our house is also that twins (well, my twins) will not agree on whether they want to trick-or-treat or stay at the house and hand out candy.

So, if you're the only adult standing, make sure you know your neighbours really well, because they're taking one child begging for food for an hour or more while the other one screams about ghosts.

Brooke said...

cute costumes - even if they wouldn't hold still for the pic.

Alicia said...

They look so cute, Helene!!!!

LOL, I told my kids to give me the candy they didn't like, and that they might as well give me the Kit Kat's and Reese's Cups because they won't like them either.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I love the back up buckets! My 5 year old got a cramp in his side after walking down ONE street. Did I mention that I hate halloween??

Heather said...

How in the world did you guys get so much candy??? They all look so cute in their costumes. It does fly by!

Momma-of-5 said...

Such truth spoken in this post! =)
Now could you remind me next year to have umbrellas ready BEFORE the rainy halloween day???

Creative Junkie said...

See - I'm always the mom that is totally unprepared for trick-or-treating, which goes completely against my anal-retentive, obsessive-compulsive tendencies. I never have back-up bags, I don't carry gloves or hats or hot cocoa or aspirin or glue or safety pins or ...

you get the idea.

Eva Gallant said...

Too funny! love the pics!!

Twins Squared said...

So true! You must be like the Girl Scouts - Be Prepared!! But you forgot to mention that if they are still in diapers, bring diapers! One year, luckily we were at someone's house we knew with a kid the same age, and we had to go inside and use all their stuff to change a dirty diaper. So this year I brought our stuff. Didn't use it of course!

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Oh yeah...wagon-check, pillow case(aka..back-up bucket-check, flashlight-check, blanket (I'm cold mommy)-check. The joys of Halloween:)

Oh and my dentist is hosting Candy Buy Back today for $1 per pound. Too funny.

Jen said...

Yup, some one must fall. It just has to happen.

shortmama said...

I cannot even imagine the candy load of 4 kids! We have a ton with 2 kids!

Cascia said...

That is so true! It looks like your kids got a ton of candy this year.

Gracey said...

I enjoyed this post very much - and somehow, this whole mess STILL made me wish I had children of my own...

Carly said...

I love when your eyes start to glow it's time to go! Too Funny as always great post!

Kim said...

Cute, cute, cute! Had to laugh at #6—so true! It's usually my 9-year-old tripping over something on someone's lawn.

kys said...

So cute! You know that I hate Halloween, right?

Amy said...

These are great tips I know I will use someday.. Thanks...

Twincerely,Olga said...

too funny!! great pic! I barely got one of my twins together!

Nezzy said...

Sweet pics and little Buzz looked like he just needed to fly! I'm glad ya'll had a good Halloween.

Have a beautifully blessed fall day!!!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Halloween is so fun with kids. Nice that you take pictures of them in their costumes for the grandmother! We always used to get a ton of candy too--so loved it! So much fun!

Jenny said...

LOL! It looks they had a great time!

The Mother said...

My personal Halloween bugaboo--living in Houston and all--is the costume's climate rating.

If you plan for warm weather, a cold front is guaranteed to come in on Oct 31, around noon, leaving you scrambling for something, ANYTHING, that you can put on under the costume.

If you had a cool snap, it WILL go away Oct 31, around noon, leaving your kid sweltering in his long sleeved, helmeted costume.

As you say, you can't win.

Mighty M said...

Some good lessons for all of us! That is a TON of candy you collected there!!

yonca said...

LOL! They look so CUTE!

T. Anne said...

Aw, I love the pictures! And yes my dentist is so happy with our family and our rotten teeth no thanx to halloween and Christmas and Easter. ;)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Were you trick or treating with us?

And it's Helloween, not Halloween. But that is some kinda haul on the candy.

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AngieB said...

Just so you know - for future reference - the year they are officially too old to trick-or-treat is the year you find your child and his friends playing poker with their candy bags: "I'll see your Snickers and raise you a Skittles!" I still tease my teen-ager about that year!

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

Wow--back up buckets? Somehow I missed out on heavy-bucket syndrome, but that totally cracked me up!

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

LOL Yes my kids got ticked off every time they had to unload their buckets into my bag. It was like they were going to the dentist already. Oh yikes bad word.

Corrie Howe said...

I learned some of these the hard way. I haven't learned some of these at all. Of course, I only have two Halloween trick or treating age. And they don't like to wonder too far.

I love your comment about a birthday gift for Tim is NOT making him dinner. If I have a conversation everyday to repeat, I will put one at the end of the post. Thanks for the encouragement.

blueviolet said...

Oh my gosh, you and your husband and mass amounts of candy to sort through and steal! I should have had more kids!

They're adorable!

I agree about the buckets. I remember that very complaint!

Mrsbear said...

The wagon is ingenious, ditto the spare buckets. My youngest got tired of carrying his bucket somewhere around a block and a half, while we scrambled to lighten his load by stuffing our pockets and/or faces with his loot. Of course, this immediately threw him in to tantrum mode...ah, good times.

Heather Kephart said...

Helene, just ONCE I'd like to get through one of your blog posts without spitting on my screen. (In laughter I mean.) You have a way of lulling me into your story, then smacking me with a funny - bam! Skinned knees, oh my!

Buckeroomama said...

Wow, look at the haul! Z would be giddy just seeing all that. She got all of four pieces of sweets (two chocolate eyeballs, a gumdrop, and a lollipop) from J's Halloween party at school and already she was in seventh heaven. :)

You had me LOL, as usual!

mudmama said...

This is great, and sooo true! I had the post wedding blues for sure, by the way! So crazy, an amazing day then sitting on a beach going whaaaa' now?
Thanks for the nice words about the memoir, I am very excited to have it finished, now to promote (kinda like the wedding day and then real life, ya know!) What is going on with yours? Really enjoying your blog! Lauren :)

Michelle said...

My kids, GASP, were done trick or treating after just our nieghborhood and an ok but not enormous amount of candy. The funny part is they all thought they hit the jackpot. I guess short trick or treating will be in effect every year going forward.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

So cuties!!
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BoufMom9 said...

LOL! Only thing missing is that the back-up is often needed for the child whose bucket or bag gets a hole in it (never fails!)

Or, the child who wakes up at 2am with a stomach ache from eating too much candy before bed...LOL

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I love #5.
My stepson started asking to trade for a different flavor of dum-dum pop. Seriously?! I had to call him on that one.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Your kids are adorable in their costumes! Would you believe it - we have no Halloween before trick-or-treating picture - that is to say I did not try! My children refused to smile - they look like they are about to attend a funeral! Kids!!!!

Elle said...

Your kids scored this year! Don't you just love trick or treat? I don't think the whole brain cell/shrinking thing would phase my kids.

Joy said...

the visual of elmo having a stroke just made me laugh!! that's so much candy, wow! Leia only took 1 piece from each house (and we only went to a few houses). When they offered her more, she would put back the 1 she had to get the other. too funny. she doesn't like candy or sweets, so I guess she was being polite, haha.

MamaOtwins+1 said...

I love learning about the before shot - so very true! And I think I'm going to steal that little white lie, wonder if it will work at my house.

You have an award waiting for you.

Tabbatha Rose said...

Always love reading your lessons and advice...lol
I have to get my Halloween pics up still. But I can say there was similar instances of lessons learned. Lets just say I was one of the fallen ones =(

Are You There Mom? said...

Funny! Good lord you came back with more candy than Walmart carries!

Zeemaid said...

*LOL* I love those photos and your advice is all too true.

Before photos.. impossible. WE didn't get one of all three together.

Add skinned palms to the list of the skinned knees. And the whole crying that you're stealing their candy oh yeah. we had that too. You truly have learned your lessons well.

Sigh I wish I had thought of them as lessons maybe I would have been more ahead. ;)

Sharlene said...

I am just imagining sitting my kids down and in a serious tone telling them "I'm sorry. Elmo had a stroke. He didn't make it." and trying not to pee myself. You xcrack me up!

And yes, I am a little behind on reading blogs can you tell?

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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