Halloween Number Three in Canada..............and it rained AGAIN. The kids went off with their costumes in their bags, poster all wrapped in plastic and wellies and waterproofs on. The thought of spending yet another Halloween Trick or Treat in the cold rain, standing around while the kids get far too many sweets that I will be eventually throwing away, fills me with about as much enthusiasm as a bath full of cold baked beans (with me in it).
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After they went to school I popped to get some carrots, knitting needles and a pattern for a Christmas present. I couldn't stay at knitting today as I had to see the kids parade around the school in their costumes. The Head wasn't dressed up this year as he said our community was half for Halloween and half against. This is obviously a religious thing. Silly but I know our school in The Village (UK) didn't do Halloween either because it was a Parachial School. I don't think the kids see it as a non-religious event, just a bit of fun, a time for dressing up, being with their friends and getting goodies. It's a shame. Apparently a lot of schools are now having Halloween as a Black and Orange day! Small is now in his last year of dressing up at school but Smallest has four more years.
The parade was held this year in the school gym. It started with the kindergarten kids walking to Grade 1 and picking them up and then Grade 2, etc etc until all grades up to 6 were parading in the hall. The PTA were there handing out lollipops and there were lots of people taking photos. My favourite costume was a tiny little boy who was dressed as a Mountie with a moose hat on - adorable. Smallest had lost his broomstick and Wizard Hat! Small was helping out with the little ones.
At home I made a huge soup for tonight to keep us warm. While I chopped the veg I Skyped Moo. Huffle and I had lunch together (did I mention he worked from home). We tasted the lemon and poppy seed muffins - yum. Huffle wants to give them a new name as they are a cupcake/muffin. He suggested Muffkin (sounds rude), Cuppin (is rude) - what about just cake - "would you like a cake?" See sounds perfect but not rude!
We had a scary visit from Mrs Royal with treats for the boys (actually she wasn't dressed up). Smallest and I went off to swimming leaving instructions for Huffle and Small to eat soup. Swimming was cancelled though (we have no idea why) so we came back and had dinner. The rain carried on falling and we sat and waited for the darkness to fall so we could go out.
Finally we got out about 6:45pm ish. We drove into the centre of the village. There were very few people about. We didn't know if it was because of the rain (though it seemed worse last year and there were hundreds out) or because we were slightly earlier. Still, it meant that people were offering the boys more 'candy' and even us adults because we were dressed up. The boys were very happy and even got to eat a few goodies.
We trundled along one road and then crossed onto another road where the houses started getting bigger. Small's aim was to go to the 'Millionaire House' as they were offering lots of 'candy' (so his friends said). We slowly made our way there and then Huffle decided to walk back to get the car as we were getting wetter and colder. While he was gone I got offered an adults treat which was either a Baileys or a Jelly Shot. I took a Baileys and we had a nice chat while I drank it.
We carried on walking and met up with Huffle and then we were both offered another Adults treat. This time it was a Chocolate Liquor and Vodka mix. Phew, I had to down mine and Huffle's (though the owner did say "don't worry if you're only driving through the Hamlet"! Naughty - we do still seem to be in the 70's as far as drink driving is concerned!). Warmed by our Vodka, we walked to the Millionaires house where they had a haunted house set up. Small and I (the scared wimps of the family) stayed outside while Huffle and Smallest went in. Huffle said we did right not to go in as we would have been scared. They loved it though. Chuckie-style dolls, ten people dressed in various outfits, clowns, zombies etc. Huffle said they had gone to a lot of effort. They got some goodies but not loads like Small's friends said! We were very cold and very wet and decided to call it a day and came home at just before 9pm.
Wet things thrown in the laundry, sweets counted and checked and the boys went to bed after seeing what they had collected. I am feeling all warm of face and fluffy round the edges from my Baileys and two quickly downed Vodkas and had to have a piece of toast to soak up the alcohol - light weight!
There may be some chocolate eaten tomorrow ;)