I hemmed and hawed over Halloween quite a bit this year. Last year we dressed up and went to the church drive-through party, but then hunkered down in the basement and didn't go trick-or-treating or anything. This year we skipped the ward Halloween party because I couldn't imagine milling about and socializing with that many people right now (though are numbers are getting better...I just couldn't bring myself to...perhaps once I get my booster and am no longer pregnant/diabetic...but then I'll have a newborn so, like...) but we did go trick-or-treating.
Most of our costumes were simply pulled from the dress-up box, which, thankfully, is overflowing after years and years of dressing up. Alexander couldn't make up his mind about what he wanted to be so I wasn't going to waste any time making him anything special for the occasion. At various points he wanted to be an owl, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, a knight, a dinosaur...you get the idea. I think he spent most of the month in costume some way or another.
In the end he settled on being Harry Potter, though he didn't commit to that plan until this morning!
Zoë recently finished reading the third Harry Potter book, so we watched Harry Potter 3 this weekend (along with Coco and Hocus Pocus; it was a real Halloween movie marathon over here, especially considering we also watched Disney's Adventures of Wild Toad and Ichabod Crane on Thursday during our homeschool day (since we finished reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)). Anyway, after watching Harry Potter, Alexander was sold on the idea of being Harry Potter (or simply "a human Hogwarts student," as he put it, when Zoë objected to his being Harry Potter because his hair isn't the right colour).
He was a very cute Harry/human Hogwarts student (Miriam made those glasses for him).
He "stupified" all the neighbours (that's a stunning spell from Harry Potter).
Alexander was so excited about the idea of trick-or-treating. He'd gone when he was too babyish to remember so everything he knew he had learned from stories. He explained it saying that we go around and knock on our neighbours' doors and call out, "Trick or treat!" and then "humans randomly come out of no where and give you candy!"