Dinosaurs and Flowers

Halloween gets mixed reviews around our house. I happen to really like Halloween. I didn’t like it in college, when everyone else my age loved it. But I have found a new love of the holiday since having kids. I like the happy, fun Halloween decorations and costumes. I think it’s a fun holiday and a chance to just be a little silly for a night.

But Chris? Not a Halloween fan. He doesn’t mind the kids dressing up, but that’s about it. He doesn’t get into the costumes or decorations or scary movies. Even handing out the candy to trick-or-treaters is my job.

As a compromise, we don’t go all out or do anything crazy for Halloween (this year, I forgot to even buy a pumpkin!), but I do insist that we dress the kids up and go trick-or-treating for a bit.

We invited my friend, Tara, over with her son B to go trick-or-treating with us. We didn’t go to too many houses because we had six short legs walking with us, but we did go to a few of our neighbors.


The first few houses we went to, Bean wasn’t sure what was going on. I’d walk him up to the door and remind him to say, “Trick or treat!” Then he’d just stare into his pumpkin bucket when candy was dropped in there. After two or three houses, he was like, “Oh! I get it!”

Gracie? Well, she was content to just hang out in her Baby Bjorn and chew on her flower petals. She’s pretty easy to please these days.


After trick-or-treating, Bean and I sat outside on the front step and gave out candy while Chris put Gracie down for the night.


It was a lot of fun until a super scary mask walked up our front walk. Bean literally crawled up and over the back of his chair, crying and shaking. It was so sad! I don’t know why I didn’t think about scary costumes walking up. The kid who was dressed in the mask was really nice. As soon as he saw Bean starting to freak out, he started trying to pull his mask off while saying over and over again, “It’s okay, Buddy! It’s just pretend!” But Bean did not care at all whether it was pretend or not. Scary masks were unacceptable. So, we went into the house and watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

He found this very acceptable.

All in all, it was a great Halloween. Everyone got to do what they wanted to do – Chris didn’t have to dress up, I got to hand out candy, Bean got to trick-or-treat, and Gracie…well…she got to eat flower petals and hang out with daddy. Life is good.

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15 Thoughts to “Dinosaurs and Flowers”

  1. That Gracie flower is too cute! And looks like she was super festive once she was inside too! Glad you had a great day! Happy Halloween!

  2. Ok Gracie and her petals are quite possibly the cutest thing ever. And that Dino costume is great! Might have to do that next year for our guy.

  3. Chris is off his rocker! What’s not to like about Halloween?! You totally get to pilfer your unsuspecting kid’s loot and when they complain, you just whip out the stretch marks. Most perfect holiday ever!

  4. Sounds like a great Halloween! I like the costumes and the candy, but I am with Bean in that I don’t like the scary stuff.

  5. I love Bean and Gracie’s costumes! They look so great.! My son, Josiah, had a scary moment to with someone in a mask. Awww! I felt bad. We also went to Boo in the Zoo at the Columbus Zoo. My first time going to something like that. It was fun!Glad you had a great weekend! 🙂

  6. LOVE their costumes! So cute!! And you hand out great candy!

    I don’t get too into halloween stuff either which I think confuses my husband’s family a little because they are BIG into halloween!

  7. allison

    your children are just too cute and it makes me want my own kids:)

  8. Ooooh. I don’t like the scary masks either. Charlie Brown is a much better choice.

  9. Nikki

    I love Halloween! I think that it’s more about Fall. I love to decorate for Fall, but I’m not into the spooky stuff! I love having the kiddos come to the door in their super sweet customes. I was really impressed this year- every kid, even the super young ones, made sure to say thank you! It was so awesome!

  10. Tressa

    Your trick or treaters are ADORABLE!!!! Glad everybody at your house had a Happy Halloween.

  11. Cindy

    I LOVE the flower costume for Gracie!! And in the one picture it looks like she is waving to us:) I know about kid’s being scared because a similar thing happened to my 3 year old. My husband took her and our 10 year old around our neighborhood and at one of the houses a man jumped out and grabbed our 10 year olds’ leg. Riley is still talking about how this scared her and that she never wants to go to that man’s house AGAIN!

  12. Precious!!!
    My Drewbie-doo had a cute giraffe costume and he wasn’t too into it either. Just like last year, the overexcitement was too much for him and he was in bed by 7:30pm. I got a FEW good pics, and that’s all that matters.. right?

  13. I love Halloween! mostly because I get some candy lol. Too bad that our house is on a main road and no one ever stops by for candy 🙁

  14. Adorable costumes! Poor little Bean!

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