Our neighborhood is small (just 31 houses) and this makes it easy to keep lots of nice traditions going. When we moved here 12 years ago, there were quite a few "middle-aged" children. Most of them have graduated and gone to college and beyond and quite a few of the families have moved away. New families have arrived and we now have a big group of young children on our street.
One family hosts a pizza dinner with games before the trick-or-treat parade around the circle. Most of the adults also dress up (I wore my witch hat but that's about as creative as I got this year). This Medusa head was one of my favorite adult costumes.
It's a lot of fun to see all of the little ones in their costumes. Egyptian princess was a popular choice this year.
I particularly like to see the tiniest children in their costumes like this sweet bumblebee...
...and an adorable little penguin!
This banner was made by a couple of talented neighbors - can you spot the Cricut cuts that were used?
The older children try to eat donuts that are hanging from strings. Here one of the Dads demonstrates the trick for the younger children. They start with the donut on their forehead and then have to pick it up with their pinkies and eat it using nothing but their pinkies to hold the donut!
After dinner and the games, it's time for a group photo in the driveway. The hill makes it easier to see everyone in the "serious" photo...
...and the silly one!
One of the most unique aspects of the celebration is the parade that is led by another talented neighbor who plays the bagpipes!
Everyone is moving pretty quickly - because the kids know that after the parade they can start trick-or-treating.
The banner needs a little bit of adult supervision to keep it off the ground and prevent tripping.
Everyone marches around the circle - right past the gardens and mailbox house that we fixed up last summer.
It's hard to believe that two days ago we were in the midst of a hurricane. It's sad to realize that lots of kids are not having a "normal" Halloween this year due to the damage and power loss caused by the storm.
Back at home, I have the "candy buffet" set up because there will be little ones at the door right away after the parade.
With so many younger children, we keep the decorations pretty friendly - only happy pumpkins and not-very-scary ghosts!
I did manage to cut out the Trick-or-Treat sign and add it to the leafy wreath on the front door. I'll do a separate post to show you how it turned out.
I hope you had fun for Halloween - now we can start thinking about Thanksgiving, with Christmas soon to follow!
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