After the girls went to school and enjoyed their Halloween parties there, my mom and I took the kids over to the Johnson's for a quick visit and then we headed to the mall. Our original plan was to eat dinner first at Ruby Tuesdays, which is right in the mall, but we ended up trick or treating first and then eating. It all went well. The kids received a lot of good candy this year (chocolate!) compared to the many lollipops they received last year. Emily got a big smile on her face every time she received a KitKat bar.
Eleanor didn't want to be a cheerleader again. She wanted to be a ladybug. I didn't have a ladybug costume that fits her, so she decided to wear the butterfly costume that Emily wore last year.
The teddy bear costume is a big hit every time it is worn. Most people referred to Kate as a "him" and thought "he" was so cute.
Zach enjoyed walking with the crowd and collecting his treats. A lot of the people let the kids pick their own treat and Zach would pick one like he was asked to. My mom walked with Zach and Kate through most of the mall, while I kept up with Zoe, Emily, and Eleanor.
Noah wore the pumpkin costume. Here he is too tired to cooperate...
Here he is awake and alert at the mall...
It was the last time we will see the pumpkin costume around at our house. :-( As I carried Noah around in the Snugli last night, I realized that it was my last Halloween carrying around a baby. A bit sad, but I look forward to seeing him in the cute teddy bear costume next year.
The kids were very good during dinner and a lady stopped on her way out to tell me so.
It was a revelation last night that Zoe and Emily are too big for the rides at the mall. Weird. Kate tried riding in the race car with Eleanor, but when it started she got scared and wanted off! Zach and Eleanor enjoyed the rides.
Zoe & Emily went into a game store with my mom while the younger kids were on the rides, and they came out with 2 new Nintendo games.
Zach and Eleanor went home with my mom to spend the night. They got to see Matt for a minute here at home before leaving. Zoe played her new Nintendo game when we got home, and Emily wished she could play hers, but her Nintendo was missing. Kate ate a few pieces of candy and then went to bed. Matt and I watched "The Office" and then went to bed. Zoe was still up playing her Nintendo and Emily was watching her. At some point when I was sleeping, Matt took away the Nintendo and the girls finally went to sleep.