We kicked off the week by having Grandma over on Sunday to carve pumpkins.
The pumpkins we got from our trip to the patch were no joke! It was quite the feat to get those guys gutted and carved out.
Then Monday was school. The kids were encouraged to wear their costumes, and had lots of pumpkin-related activities (and no painting, so they'd stay clean!).
|Exploring a sensory bin (she dumped that basket of sand on her head).|
|Stamping spider shapes into play doh.|
|Shakin' her thang with the pumpkin shakers at circle time.|
Then we took all the kiddos outside for a group picture.
|The candy corn is covering the face of a little guy whose parents don't want him on the internet (they were ok with covering up).|
On Tuesday, we had our weekly volunteering gig, of course. The classes were having their own little costume parties, and the instructors encouraged me to bring Ruby in her costume as well. Didn't have to tell me twice! Ruby was an adorable little kitty cat greeter, and she was super interested in checking out the newborns in costume!
It also happened to be National Cat Day (that's a thing?), so it turned out she was dressed appropriately.
Wednesday we laid low (though she did wear her glow in the dark onesie!). Finally, it was Halloween. Ruby put on her trick or treating dog shirt and festive striped leggings for one last time, and I plopped her pumpkin hat on her head, so that we could go out and run some errands (no surprise, I needed to buy yarn).
Ruby later requested to wear one of her Halloween bows. We discovered that because the bow has candy corn all over it, she thinks the word for candy corn is "bow". Dead.
I realized just in time that I should probably take her outside to get some pics of her in costume before it got dark. I had just been planning to dress her for trick or treat. What a mom-fail that would have been!!!
|Seriously? Cutest kitty EVER.|
|She was kissing her pumpkin...|
|Messy hair, don't care.|
|Kissing her rocks... Weirdo.|
|She looks like she's about to pounce on those pumpkins! Me-OW!|
After all the photo-taking shenanigans, we went inside for a dinner of pumpkin and bat ravioli. You know, to be festive.
When it was dark, we had Ruby grab her pumpkin bag (an old gift card holder from Starbucks many years ago - the perfect trick or treat bag for a one year old!), and we went next door to our neighbor's house for her inaugural trick or treat.
Our neighbor, Tanner, answered the door and was excited to see Ruby. I was pretty much dying from all the cuteness. He offered her the candy bowl, and she was like, "heck, no, you are not my mom & dad!". She was being super shy, so I took a piece out and showed her that it got to go in her bag.
Whoa whoa whoa. I get to put candy in my bag, Mom???
Yeah, that's when her demeanor totally changed, and she was into the trick or treating! She got to take another piece from the bowl, and did all on her own, putting it into her bag. We heard Tanner's wife, Samantha, yell from upstairs, "Don't go! I want to see Ruby's costume!!!" So we hung around and chatted a bit. The whole time, Ruby was saying, "Bag? Bag?" and pointing to her candy. It was freaking adorable, and my heart was exploding into a million pieces.
Their baby was dressed as a skeleton, which Ruby thought was pretty great, too. But baby skeletons need to eat, so we said goodbye. We decided to take Ruby to one other house - our neighbors across the street (who gave Ruby her red wagon).
It was a good call. Our neighbor, Sandy, was so excited to see Ruby all dressed up. And Ruby was pretty excited that people were offering her more candy!
We came home, and in the spirit of the holiday, we let Ruby eat one whole piece of candy, all to herself. Ok, so it was one of those tiny square candy bars (Baby Ruth), but she basically thought she died and went to heaven.
I told her that kids were coming to our house for trick or treat, and when one finally did, she was SO excited! I think she might have liked helping hand out the candy even more than trick or treating herself! Unfortunately, because our front door faces only a sidewalk (no street, see the pics above with the rocks in the background), we get very few trick or treaters. This year was an all time low - only 4 doorbell rings before we shut it down and put Ruby to bed (late).
My heart was so full from watching my little kitty girl on her first Halloween that she had any idea what was going on. It's going to be hard to wait until next year to do it all again. Thank goodness we have Christmas coming up (I've already ordered Ruby some festive leggings)!
Want more Halloween fun? Check out how we spent it last year. My baby was so tiny!