Halloween started off as a fairly nice day out here. But by late morning, the rain came. We figured it would slow down or stop by the evening to at least get trick or treating in, but it rained. And rained. And rained some more. Did I mentioned it rained? Well, it did. A LOT.
Being the troopers we all are though, we picked the kids up from daycare early, fed them a take out dinner, got everyone dressed and loaded up, and off trick or treating we went! Our friend Ashley and her 2 year old Logan went out and about with us. If all of the kids were babies or a little younger, we may not have gone because they wouldn't have known any better. But at Connor and Merasia's age, they knew the holiday, they knew what trick or treating was and that that was what was supposed to happen that night, and had been talking about it all day at daycare with their friends. They even wore their costumes to daycare that day for their Halloween party! So, to avoid major meltdowns and make our babies happy, we took one for the team and prepared ourselves for a wet night out!
It wasn't too bad, though. We hit some of our normal route and houses. We did cut it short about halfway down the main road we always go on (our local police department shuts down one whole street on Halloween, because it's the street with the most houses and EVERYONE goes there, so this makes it safer and easier for trick or treaters). It started out pretty good, even with the rain. There were a couple of times it REALLY poured while we were out, but it would taper off some and get a little lighter off and on. About an hour in, we decided to call it quits. It was plenty of time, anyway. It was enough time for the kids to be able to trick or treat, make them happy, and get them just enough candy, but not too much.
Needless to say, we were SOAKED when we were all done. I don't mean a little wet. Really, I don't. It was literally as-if-we-had-just-jumped-in-the-river-fully-clothed-kinda soaked.
And I didn't bother with photos. Partly because things were just crazy in trying to get everyone going and with the rain and all, and party because the kids had coats and stuff on anyway, so while you could see some of their costume, you wouldn't even see all of it anyway. We have other photos of all of them in their costumes though, so it wasn't a big loss.
Was it stressful at times? You bet! Was it frustrating? Of course. Was it worth it? Beyond!
Seeing the smiles on all of those babies faces was indescribable. They were SO happy, and that's all it's about! Sacrificing our clothing, feelings, and dryness for smiles, hugs, kisses, and giddy, candy filled giggles.