Earlier tonight I succumbed to this enormous bone-cracking yawn and peered outside our windows at the pitch-black evening, and I thought, man, it must be LATE. Then I realized it was 7:30.

I’m not sure I’m really ready for it to be, like, November. I love autumn but it’s going by way too fast, the days are getting shorter and shorter and I swear the leaves just started turning but they’re suddenly already half-gone, and were those Christmas ornaments I saw on display in the mall tonight, REALLY?

I had so many good intentions for going all out for Halloween this year; decorating the house and making all kinds of treats and carving at least three or four pumpkins, but somehow I blinked and what the hell, tomorrow’s the 31st.

We did manage to get one pumpkin carved:


The rest, well, maybe I’ll draw some faces on them with a marker or something.


I did send Riley to class today in his Old Navy DON’T LIE ABOUT THE CANDY shirt, which I hope counts as a Festive Holiday Craft.


Dylan wore his awesome MUMMY LOVES me outfit.


Wait, you seriously need a closeup of this onesie, it is just that goddamned cute.



Unfortunately, it came home in a sealed baggie today after he apparently pooped down a leghole this afternoon. (Those of you whose kids go to daycare, don’t you HATE those Baggies of Doom? Especially when they create a sort of horrible condensation on the inside of the bag, like some little weather system of disgustingness.)

Our Halloween plans for tomorrow involve me attempting to wrestle the children into their outfits, then taking them to JB’s work for trick-or-treating (his office decorates their halls and hands out candy to employees’ kids, which I always think must be fun for a certain percentage of workers, and a sheer living hell for the rest). Then maybe a quick stroll around our neighborhood in the evening, depending on whether Riley’s Into the Concept or Frantically Opposed to the Entire Thing.

I took photos of the kids’ costumes a while back in case everything goes to hell tomorrow:

A fist, a hand, hoocha hoocha hoocha . . . lobster!

Emo pirate.

After the kids go to bed, I’m going to force JB to watch 28 Days Later with me, and you bet your sweet chocolate-coated ass I’m going to be indulging in a LOT of this:


How about you? What’s on tap for your Halloween?


94 Responses to “Halloween eve”

  1. Her Ladyship on October 31st, 2008 8:08 am

    Those are darling costumes! Tonight, I had planned on staying home to hand out candy, but a friend has been pressed into attending a haunted house her boyfriend’s family puts on, so I will probably be doing that instead. Last night at the gym, they had a Halloween party for people’s kids. Cute at first, but after the kids got all hopped up on sugar….oh my. Good luck at JB’s office.

  2. Joy on October 31st, 2008 8:12 am

    Heh. Cute costumes. Serve the little lobster up with some butter!

    We are going trick or treatin’ around the neighborhood tonight. Today a local photographer is offering a free 4×6 portrait in your Halloween costume with a donation to the local food pantry. The kids and I are going to head there today. The rest of the day will be spent waiting by the door for dad to come home tonight so we can hit the streets.

  3. casey on October 31st, 2008 8:28 am

    I had to comment when I saw the lobster in the pot costume. Made me laugh out loud. You are a much better mother than me. :)

  4. jenny on October 31st, 2008 8:28 am

    we are bringing our little turtle out trick-or-treating. we will all be on a sugar high for a while. :) love your little lobster and pirate! happy halloween!

  5. georgia on October 31st, 2008 8:30 am

    I’m going to a big party where there will be bands playing and free booze and all kinds of hot, single, hip kids dressed up in ironic, well thought-out costumes…all I really want to do is make dinner, drink hot toddies, and watch Goonies though. Does that make me lame?
    Your kids look fracking adorable. If they came to my door dressed like that I’d dump the entire bucket of candy into their bags and be done with it. That is, if I were responsible enough to have bought candy, which I’m not.

  6. Kristin on October 31st, 2008 8:31 am

    Eddie Izzard!! It’s a maneuver. :)

  7. Sarah on October 31st, 2008 8:33 am

    I’m totally spoiled – our daycare fairy actually washes the clothes if they get ‘messy’ – I get them back freshly laundered, can you imagine?!

    We got an awesome dinosaur costume on clearance from the Gap last year, but in 2 practice runs so far, it does not appear to be a GO! Back-up is the Charlie Brown tshirt + accompanying Snoopy stuffed animal. Today is the 3rd go of that, and it’s always a winner.

    Love the Emo Pirate!

  8. Kelly on October 31st, 2008 8:33 am

    Oh, they look great. My little Wonder Woman lasted about an hour begging on the streets last night. She’d never cut it as a homeless person.

  9. Teralyne on October 31st, 2008 8:46 am

    We have friend that are getting married today and we are having the reception / Halloween party at our house. We have it all decked out with ghost and ghouls of course. Yes sounds like fun to me too.

  10. Swistle on October 31st, 2008 9:13 am

    Could not properly see mummy outfit. Was blinded by cuteness of baby.

  11. Leah on October 31st, 2008 9:59 am

    We’re going out to buy discount pumpkins, which we will eventually carve in December.

  12. Andrea on October 31st, 2008 10:05 am

    I have to work the night shift tonight…in the ICU! I totally believe hospitals are full of ghosts, and our empty/admin offices/overflow creepy ass 4th floor is totally haunted. So, if I’m not too busy, I will be ghost-chasing at the hospital, scaring the crap out of myself.

    The husband will be at home with the baby, reluctantly handing out candy to the neighborhood hooligans.

  13. ElizabethZ on October 31st, 2008 10:06 am

    How cute is that little lobster in a pot?!??! About to die from cuteness! Dylan is so cute though you could have put him in a burlap sack and called him potatoes and he still would have been adorable.

    I also have that mummy onesie! It was so cute I bought the 6-12mo size for my 23 week gestated baby due in Feb. I figure that will be the right size for next year. I got the little black candy corn one for him too. I think it says “I want candy” or something like that.

    My twins boys are a little younger than Riley are also pirates ala the Old Navy version – I bought the costumes a bit big for them last year and so got 2 Halloweens out of them. They were the hit last year and at my annual office trick or treat a few days ago – we do the same thing. Riley is just so cute in his – pirates are the “it” costume this year I think.

    Happy Halloween Linda. I have been reading you for over 3 years and it is just so fun watching you and your boys grow. It is one of my very favorite “internet” parts of my day reading your updates.

  14. wealhtheow on October 31st, 2008 10:41 am

    First Halloween for the boy, and husband is on an 11-day business trip. TEH AWESOME. So I’m dressing the guy up, tying his hands behind his back so he doesn’t rip off his lion hood and heading over to a friend’s house to trick-or-treat with her daughter. Then I’ll take him home, put him in bed, watch Young Frankenstein and eat all his candy.

  15. kristylynne on October 31st, 2008 10:43 am

    Lobster in a pot!! That is such an awesome picture. I think it’s a framer.

  16. wealhtheow on October 31st, 2008 10:44 am

    Also, I really can’t decide which I love more–Dylan in the pot or Riley’s emo pirate.

  17. ColorCodedC on October 31st, 2008 11:10 am

    Phrase that makes me laugh OUT LOUD: “pooped down a leghole.”

  18. Kalin on October 31st, 2008 11:28 am

    I’m going to be scaring the poo out of strangers in my sorority’s haunted corn maze. That’s always lots of fun, but standing in a corn maze for 5ish hours gets me all tuckered out.

    Tomorrow I’m looking forward to sleeping in and then snagging some discount candy and pumpkins.

  19. Jennifer on October 31st, 2008 11:47 am

    I have absolutely no plans for Halloween as I’m stuck at work until 9pm! This is probably a good thing as strange children bug me.

    Happy Halloween everyone!

  20. Amanda Brown on October 31st, 2008 12:00 pm

    Love the lobster…we dressed our kid up as one a couple years ago (link with a pic):


    This year we’re getting together with another family for pre-trick-or-treating pizza before we take the kids ’round the block.

  21. Amanda on October 31st, 2008 12:11 pm

    OMFG Dylan’s costume is AWESOME!

  22. Korinna on October 31st, 2008 12:18 pm

    Whenever I walk into daycare and see Ezra in a different outfit, I’m all, “Damn.” because I know that one of those steamy, scary baggies is waiting for me.

    Am dragging the 5 month old–dressed a banana–to a friends house and then to grandma and grandpas before stuffing him with some rice cereal and putting him to bed.

  23. wm on October 31st, 2008 1:03 pm

    Great pictures! I love the lobster and the t-shirt/onesie and am glad to see you have a pile of loot to work on tonight! Our town had a kiddie Halloween parade yesterday which was a blast. Tonight we’ll try a little trick-or-treating together with a friend and her son, then we’ll all go out for pizza. Happy Halloween!

  24. Kelli on October 31st, 2008 1:31 pm

    A lobster in a pot! How totally adorable is that?

  25. Michelle on October 31st, 2008 1:34 pm

    Ha! Devin has the Mummy Loves Me romper as well. It is beyond adorable. Riley and Dylan are so cute in their costumes I think I need to have a drink and lie down for awhile. (What? Any excuse, y’know?)

  26. H on October 31st, 2008 1:48 pm

    The costumes are great!

    I’m missing Halloween altogether for the first time ever. Our daughter is running in the state cross country meet tomorrow so we will spend many hours on the road tonight so we can get up in the morning, drive the last 2 hours and watch her. She’s upset that they’re missing Halloween, especially since it falls on a Friday, but I know a lot of parents are happy about it!

  27. Stephanie on October 31st, 2008 1:53 pm

    Uh, I just learned of the plastic bag condensation of doom two days ago. The bag was brought home a week ago and put in the garage by the husband. Enough said.

    The kids look great! My daughter is a pirate as well and we got a kick ass costume at Target. We’ll be trick or treating in my nephews neighborhood tonight. LOTS of kids and the houses are all done up. She’s been looking forward to it since we bought her costume! I’m 19 week pg so I’ll be eating all her candy.

  28. Ashley on October 31st, 2008 2:10 pm

    Oh my gosh how adorable are they?! I love little Dylan as a lobster!!! So adorable. Seriously. The cuteness should be illegal. :)

  29. victoria on October 31st, 2008 2:21 pm

    OMG the loobsert costume is GENIUS. I LOVE IT.

  30. Carrot Cake on October 31st, 2008 3:05 pm

    I’m working until 8pm. The hubby and the baby will be at home carving pumpkins and handing out candy to all the little hooligans.

    LOVE the lobster in a pot.

  31. MichelleB on October 31st, 2008 3:31 pm

    That lobster costume is adorable! We’re throwing my son a little halloween party in an hour.

    Ever since my hubby and son bought me a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings from http://www.idonowidont.com for my birthday recently, I wanted to treat my son to a halloween bash!

    My son will be Batman of course!

  32. Leelee on October 31st, 2008 3:33 pm

    There´s a hero, if you look inside your heart, you don´t have to be afraid of what you are…

  33. Lesley on October 31st, 2008 6:34 pm

    Spotted this release on Apple Movie Trailers that looks really good; a Swedish horror movie about a child vampire

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  34. warcrygirl on November 1st, 2008 5:34 pm

    Well, I’m a day late a few chocolate bars short but I’ll chime in anyway. The boys dressed up as a Commando (Jr) and Harry Potter (The Captain). Our friend’s kids came along with us again this year, both gussied up as zombies. I totally thought of you while putting on their makeup. Hubby took them trick or treating while I stayed at home and handed out candy dressed as a pirate; my fake parrot didn’t work out so everything kept asking me to have their fortunes told. Stupid ex-parrot.

  35. jenB on November 1st, 2008 7:05 pm

    Carving a pumpkin is a huge feat in Halloween crafting ALL ON ITS OWN, as far as I am concerned. I gave out/ate candy whilst husband took kid out tick n treatin’.

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