Riley seems to be going through a lengthy stage of being fearful of new things and objecting to certain noises, so I was a little worried Halloween was going to deteriorate into a toddler-fueled freakout. Sure enough, one of the first things that happened when we showed up at JB’s work to participate in the office trick-or-treating involved a movement-triggered robot that leaped into blinking, rolling action when Riley approached the bucket of candy positioned nearby, and Riley became deeply paranoid that evil robots were lurking next to every candy handout, and he nervously asked “There no robot here?” over and over until I was ready to hunt down the tech worker who had set up the motion detector toy and cram a few robotic parts right up his fun-sized Hershey highway, if you know what I mean.

Things improved once we left JB’s office, though, and Trauma Robot was forgotten in the festive chaos of traipsing through our neighborhood mall, collecting more candy and checking out the other kids’ outfits. (Awesomely, one lady bent down to check out Dylan’s red, be-clawed lobster costume, and brightly announced that he sure was an adorable little clam.) We wrapped up that outing and came back home in time to knock on a few neighbor’s doors, where Riley performed admirably (“Twick or tweet! Happy Halloween today!”), and later we carved two more pumpkins while he helped us hand out candy to the three or four kids who came by our house. Then it was off to bed for the lobster and the pirate, and JB and I watched a scary movie while cherry-picking the best chocolates from Riley’s haul.

It was a great night, really. I’m kind of sad it’s over for a whole entire year.

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I hope you had a good holiday, too.

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thejunebug
thejunebug
13 years ago

We did. :)

And, I have to say, Dylan is such a squishy, roly-poly little baby! He’s eminently kissable. I also can’t believe how big Riley is getting… aww.

Eric's Mommy
13 years ago

Sounds like you had a great Halloween.

Believe it or not my son didn’t even want to go trick or treating. We spent the time outside the fire station handing out glow bracelets for the police dept. so we still got to see the costumes, and Eric got to see a lot of his friends.

Can you believe trick or treating was only for an hour in our town?

Nikki
Nikki
13 years ago

Your kids are so cute :) I think your little lobster is just the squishiest baby ever!
It’s funny: the older Riley gets, the more I think he looks like JB, especially in that picture of the two of them with the jack-o-lantern.

Danell
13 years ago

super cute pumpkins…all of them!

jen
jen
13 years ago

the pirate on the stairs = priceless. yay for cherry picking candy. the girl i babysit it allergic to nuts (nut-free house!) so i get some of her and her brothers candy come tomorrow. :D

Joanne
13 years ago

Even your feet look in shape.

We went to the Governor’s mansion and his wife said to my little Maria, “you are the cutest little Kangaroo!” and I was like, um, she is a Giraffe! But I didn’t say anything but man – kangaroo and giraffe? Lobster and clam? Not really close.

Crystal
13 years ago

“cram a few robotic parts right up his fun-sized Hershey highway, if you know what I mean.”

HILARIOUS.

Glad you had a Happy Halloween!

Kelly
13 years ago

This is totally off topic, but I have to say it. I just started reading your blog and I noticed immediately in all of your lovely photos that you have an immaculately clean house. I DO NOT have an immaculately clean house and I admire those with the ambition to keep their own domiciles so neat. Oh, the kids are cute too, but wow those spotless carpets…

anna
anna
13 years ago

How do you have time to have nice toes/feet?

OMG, I adore the pumpkins! They are awesome!

Jennifer
13 years ago

OhBoy, thanks for posting this. I was looking forward to hearing how your day turned out!

jen
jen
13 years ago

I just can’t get over the fact you have painted toes…it looks like a great color!

Chris
13 years ago

my oldest is 23 and the Boy is 9…and to be honest, trick or treating quit being fun years ago, but I suck it up and do it anyway.
This year, the boy picked a Vendor Guy jacket from the thrift shop and was the most comfortable he has been in years past.

Your kids are just so dadgum cute and I love love loved the lobster in the pot suit for Dylan.

Julie
13 years ago

Great pictures! Sounds like you had a great day from start to finish. Glad Riley’s freak-out was short-lived. :)

Giyen
13 years ago

Really beautiful family!

justmouse
13 years ago

omg. i am so in love with your family. so glad you had such a good halloween!

Blythe
13 years ago

I had no idea how much fun Halloween would be now that my son (almost 2) is old enough to enjoy it. It was one of my favorite nights with him, ever. The costume! The running around! The “Thank Ooo, Bye Bye!” I almost died from the cuteness, with a big smile on my face. I’m kind of sad it’s over too.

Kristi
13 years ago

This is one CUTE pirate!!! And I meant to tell you the other day that I absolutely LOVED that pic of the little lobster in the pot. You are too awesome!

Every. Single. Year. my kids are a doggy and a kitty. They never want to be anything else! I’m sick of it – I want a lobster in a pot!!!!

superblondgirl
13 years ago

I know, I wish we could have two or three Halloweens a year – it’s so much freaking fun, and it’s over so fast.
BTW, have I mentioned lately how much I adore your house? Because I do. Every time you put up a picture, I’m like awwww, forget the kids, that house is just so adorable!! Though, yeah, the kids are, too.

KarinNH
KarinNH
13 years ago

Awww, the toys in the photos? My two kids had those and they are now 18 and 24. Loved those things!

Halloween isn’t so awesome anymore without little ones in the house. And we only got one trick-or-treater this year. One!

Anais
Anais
13 years ago

When I saw the photos in the previous entry of Riley and Dylan in their costumes, I squealed with laughter at the cuteness of your children. They are the cutest lobster and pirate brothers ever! This was a nice entry. Makes my ovaries yearn for a lobster and pirate of my own. Hehe!

Amy M.
Amy M.
13 years ago

What a cute clam in a pot! :)

My neighbor had 1 of those evil motion-sensor creatures & scared my almost-3-year-old to death. He was terrified to up to the door at the next 5 houses, but it got better.

My daughter got “What a cute tomato”. She was a strawberry – but much closer in appearance than lobster/clam.

SART
13 years ago

It was almost 80 degrees here on Friday so I felt bad for all the little bears, dragons, and other furrily costumed kids. Of course Nugget was WALL-E so he was perfect happy to run around wearing a box for most of the night. Our neighborhood is so kick ass for Halloween. We have a parade through the entire neighborhood complete with a firetruck and then we all head down to the common area/clubhouse for pizza and snacks before trick-or-treating. It’s a great way to let the kids get some running out of their system before heading out in the dark in pursuit of candy goodness.

Jennifer
13 years ago

A clam? What the hell? Someone needs to have her eyes checked.

Your pumpkins look amazing. Ours looked like it was carved by Michael J. Fox. I KNOW, I’M AWFUL.

mnerva
mnerva
13 years ago

Aww, sounds like a good Halloween overall. I don’t have kids so I live vicariously through the ones that come by to pick up their treats. This Halloween we had quite the turn out, much more than last year. The highlights this year were: one kid walking off and doing a fist-pump saying “Sour Patch Kids…YES!!,” one little (maybe 3 years old) girl silently trying to give me her pouch of peanuts (really, who gives peanuts?) for some candy (I told her of course that she could keep both) and a boy about Riley’s age, I’d guess, who took another candy “for his mom ’cause she really likes these.” Oh and I forgot the little cutie who instead of saying “Trick or treat!” said simply “Halloween!”