Halloween was great, actually.
We managed to isolate what we don’t like – namely trick-or-treating and avoid it by having our own late-evening adventure. We had lots of fun. Appropriately enough it was a train theme again: first we headed to a bookstore that featured a Thomas train table, and had a good time playing with the trains and flipping through some newish books. Ron found a Thomas math book, and we sat on the bookstore’s floor, learning how to count, add and subtract.
A quick dinner and off we went to the main attraction of the evening – a Halloween themed ride on the miniature train. By the time we got there there was quite a line up, but we were able to watch some fireworks while we waited, so it was fine. My kids usually get scared by the silliest things, so I don’t know how they managed to stay calm during the ride, but they did, and it was great. It was an old fashioned spooky kind of ride: witches in costume running on the hills, doors slamming in the dark, and some live “BOO!”-ing at the end of a very dark tunnel. Oh and the crank-operated ghosts chasing the train – my favorite. It was chilly outside, and it even rained a little, so the cookies and hot chocolate served in the decorated indoor area were just what we needed. I think this might be the beginning of a family tradition…
And now that we have experienced our first good Halloween, I promise to get the boys in costumes next year.
No photos – our hands were full, so these are our neighbor’s pumpkins from last year: