I was so worried Halloween was going to be a total wash out for us, they were predicting heavy rain all week and I hated the idea of Abby missing out on trick or treating. Last year she really didn’t understand it all that much, she was still little and really unsure of things. This year, after watching several Halloween cartoons, she was beyond excited to go trick or treating! She walked around the house for days with her pumpkin waiting on me to fill it with whatever I had handy (lalaloopsies, ponies, candy, anything). She talked nonstop about getting dressed up and going trick or treating, she was so very excited and I hated for the weather to get in the way of her having fun.
I had originally planned to make her costume but time was completely against me so we had to run out and pick through all the last minute leftovers in the store. You know what I mean, the costumes everyone has picked through and tossed around and returned and really just roughed up. Hubby first came home with some cute light up witch costume…cute but extremely too big! I sent him back in hopes of finding something that would fit her better. We weren’t really looking for a witch costume since that is what she was last year but for some reason, those were the only cute costumes still left. He returned home with this adorable little orange and black witch outfit, it looked just right for her and fit great. I should have known it was too easy…he managed to find this one without any trouble at all. Sure enough, Halloween night as we were getting ready I noticed a huge rip in the bottom ruffle. A quick sew job and she was ready, who cared if my sewing was crazy it got the job done!
Lucky us the rain cleared up/held off and we were able to head out for a few hours. It was pretty windy and her hat didn’t stand a chance of staying on but that didn’t dampen her spirits at all. Abby was nothing but smiles and giggles as we went from house to house. Everyone she saw she said “Happy Halloween” to, she said trick or treat and thank you to each person that handed out candy, she had so much fun! She also did such a wonderful job going up to the door and knocking and getting her candy. Hubby took her to the first couple of houses then I took over from there and with each house I stayed back just a little farther. I was right there, she could see me and I wasn’t too far away but I allowed her to be a big girl and do things herself. I was so proud of her! Sure, a few costumes scared her and she came running back to me and any time too many children gathered at one place she hung back until everyone was gone. She got just a tiny bit overwhelmed with the big crowds but overall trick or treating was a big step for her! No meltdowns, no freak outs, she never even got scared! Well… there were a couple of houses that were a bit freaky and she would take one look and tell me “nope” and we walked away. I let her make the decisions when it came to that. I didn’t want her to get scared when she was doing so well.
We had an amazing night and I am thrilled she was able to go. It stormed later that night, none of us got any sleep but she had a fun time and that is what counts the most!