It was a wonderful day! We ended up not getting Zora a costume, but despite our disappointment in not having a little Yoda trailing our little Jedi, we were very pleased that Zane said it was ok for her to wear his pumpkin costume. (a much treasured costume for him).
Yes, much to our surprise and delight, Zane chose a Star Wars costume. It was the Anakin Skywalker costume, technically, but they were out of the Jedi costumes in his size and he was insistent that he wanted one of those. (Honestly, I did try and steer him to a fireman the Nick, Jr. characters like Diego, he was adamant, despite the fact he has never actually SEEN any Star Wars movies) Zach was positively giddy about the choice. We seriously thought about getting him an Obi-Wan costume so he could dress up with him. (if money wouldn’t have been an issue, we would have done it in a heartbeat).
Zane now has the words “Jedi” and “lightsaber” in his vocabulary, and says both with an uncharacteristic enthusiasm. lol. He loves the lightsaber (a flashlight where the “saber” part unfolds out and in) almost as much as Zach, who “tested it out” in the backyard for a while after he went to bed the night we got it. I love my nerds.
The kids both went to the ST appointment today in costumes, then we went by Carrabbas to use a gift card that surprised us in yesterday’s mail (from Zach’s dad….we were so excited) and enjoyed a delightful and surprisingly relaxing meal (Zora made a mess with her vigorous bread dipping and general desire to share everything, but hey, she wasn’t screaming at any point, so that makes it a success). Then we went to a “trunk or treat” put on by a church in the parking lot of Dillons (Krogers). That turned out to be a really good thing to do. There were games at every trunk, followed by a treat. We were planning on doing the mall, but after the more “real” fun at the “trunk or treat”, we decided to try a real neighborhood and headed down to the College Hill area. It is one of those neat older nice neighborhoods, lush with trees, Tudor and Craftsman architecture, and well landscaped, that tends to be populated by professors and established professionals (we have been there several times for college events…as the name suggests, it isn’t far from the college). We found a street that looked right out of ET with all of the trick-or-treaters running from door to door, parked, and joined in the fun. It was like a slice of America you only see in movies. A very enchanting evening.
A young padawan studies how to manifest a spider (at the ST)
A few pictures of the costumes before it got too dark.
Mom underestimated her attachment to the Twix bar when I brought her over to try for some pictures.
Becoming “One with the Force”
Twix bar returned to her, she was a much happier Pumpkin
At the “Trunk or Treat”
Instead of tossing the bean bags like her brother, she took them and started putting them in her bucket.
Basketball. Let’s just say this is clearly not his sport. He somehow managed to put a spin on it that had it curving back to me, standing 3 feet behind him, with every throw.
She also tried to put the ball into the bucket, but we stopped her this time.
They made “pumpkin faces” at one trunk stop
He loved the remote control car race
It was too dark to even take out the camera at the house to house trick or treating, but just imagine us walking down the sidewalk, with the lightsaber lighting our way in the dark, tree lined streets.