I was so excited that Clara was old enough to actually enjoy Halloween but I was worried that she would be upset wearing her costume or be upset by all the whole "knocking on doors and interacting with strangers" thing. Instead, Clara had a fabulous time.
We started off at our building's kick-off party. Gerald got her into her costume with no fuss and she was happy to walk around with the bubble-wrap stuffed cone-shaped starfish top perched on her head. (This from a girl who won't let a hair-clip stay in her hair.) I also made some hats for me and Gerald from the same material I made her costume in. I quickly found out that the polar fleece made me extremely hot. Clara must have been very warm in her costume...but did she complain? Nope. Instead she happily ran around with the other kids in the courtyard.
|Clara and Lessia playing with ghost makeup...(flour.)|
|Max as Raphael. Clara as Patrick Starfish.|
Then it was time to trick or treat.
At each door Clara went up and knocked. When the door opened, she would take a pieck of candy in each hand and refuse to let go of it until we went to the next door. When a bowl of candy was proffered, she would drop the candy in her hands and grab more.
At one door the neighbor said: "Who is it?" Clara answered: "Cla-ra."
At one point we realized she was chewing on something. Gerald pulled a foil-wrapped peanut butter cup from her mouth - she had chewed it enough to get some of the chocolate out.
At the last two doors we visited Clara got the hang of putting candy in her treat bag.
Through it all she was engaged, interested, and happy. We have ourselves a Halloween-lovin' little girl. (And she slept like a rock when we got home - 12 hours without a peep.)