A Pennsylvania Halloween

This day was rad.

I have to hand it to Tyler- he really made it rad, singlehandedly.

(Be sure to scroll through all the way to the end- those pix at the end are my faves.)

First off, it was his idea to make Halloween on the road even BETTER than Halloween at home.  He made it so that Halloween with no friends and no other family was a huge success.

His ideas: 

1. That we all dress up. Even him and I.  Sweet!

2. That we decorate our hotel room to the hilt.

3. That we  experience a big-city trick or treat night.

All ideas were a big hit.

Yesterday when we checked into the hotel suite (yes, suite- the hotel took pity on our children and upgraded us! Priceline win.) it looked like this:

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Nice, but non-halloweenie.  So as the kids slept that night, we worked on it a bit, so that when they woke up in the morning, it looked more like this:

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The kids were really delighted about the change, I think I *may* have heard a "You're the best parents ever!" but can't be certain. :)  We spent a while looking at admiring all the decor and asked what their favorite parts were. Most favorite: The purple halloween lights.  Least Favorite: the scary fake portraits on the wall (to quote Isaac, "I mean, they are really actually cool, but, so creepy!). Those had to come down, along with the spider, tonight at bedtime.  

Next, our costumes. Since we are in a Harry Potter craze-phase right now, of course Isaac chose to be Harry and Isabelle wanted to be Hermione.  Perfect.  We surprised the kids by popping out of our room as Dementors. Niether of the kids burst in to tears, which was a bonus.

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The third goal was met when we headed out for the trick or treating.  At the advice of the concierge, we went to a downtown spot, had a great time, and didn't even get murdered.  I like that we have this memory of just the four of us heading to a random neighborhood and trying to blend in.  

Oh, and people went kind of NUTSO over the kids' costumes, which I was surprised with.  I mean, Harry Potter has been around forever, and is a bit "done" I suppose. You can probably buy the costume at a grocery store.  But strangers acting like their were just FLOORED with the amazingness of being a Gryffindor for Halloween. 

(One drunk lady's comments: 

"Who is you guys, like, scholars or summin?  Eh? OH YOU'RE FROM HARRY POTTER OH THAT'S TERRIFIC that costume is so great, you're like professors,  with your um capes.  HAHAHA (insert crazy laughter) you two are really something else!"

And then we scurried away.  Very quickly.)

Alright, now where was I.... decorating, costumes, trick or treating...

Yes. Right. Next we headed back to the hotel, and made some wizarding pictures.  We watched a scary movie, then attempted to get ready for bed, which made the littles cry over every little thing, which means they ate too much sugar, and then they kept crying, and...

It was a great Halloween.  

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Expecto Patronum!


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