Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Recap

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Halloween was good but...unusual this year. In fact, I think it was one of those rare days where we actually celebrated THREE holidays in one. Yes, it's true. The in-laws are leaving for Florida soon but they wanted to have a big turkey dinner together before they left since they won't be around for Thanksgiving. So we celebrated Thanksgiving on Halloween.

But since it was Halloween and trick-or-treating started at 5PM, my mother-in-law had to have dinner early. Way early. Like...1PM early.

Or what I like to call linner.

The in-laws usually come back for a brief time for Christmas but this year they're not going to do that so they gave each of the grandkids one Christmas gift to open up. Thus, the third holiday was celebrated that day. A new record. :)

The actual Halloween trick-or-treating was great. In my neighborhood all the kids gather for one group picture before they're off. All the dads walk together and chaperone the kids while the moms have candy duty. The kids trick-or-treated for maybe an hour and half but still managed to get a ton of candy. Then they (meaning kids AND dads) were pooped so we all ended up getting together at one of the neighbor's houses and had a impromptu party, which ended at 8PM since it was a school night. Too fun!

Here's a pic of everyone: (my kiddo was Hannah Montana)



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In other news...

I just got a review from Booklist for Georgie on His Mind that totally made my weekend. In case you didn't know, Booklist is the magazine put out by the American Library Association. Here's a brief snippet of what it said:

From Booklist
"It’s the mature way Walt responds to Georgie’s shenanigans that make this romance a standout. Shirk’s novel is as breezy and charming as Georgie’s seaside surroundings, and her sweet love affair with Walt will linger in the reader’s mind long after the tale is told."
--Courtney Jones

*sigh* What a nice surprise!
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Oh and one other minor bright spot this Halloween was the "trading" of the candy that went on between the kids after trick-or-treating was done.

Kudos to my kiddo for making a sweet (no pun intended) trade of a giant Willy Wonkers Laffy Taffy for a giant Twix bar (my personal fav). Good girl!


What's your favorite Halloween candy?

33 comments:

Susan Fields said...

What an awesome review - hooray! It sounds like you live in a wonderful neighborhood, I love that all the neighbors are so close. Heath bars are my favorite Halloween candy, but of the four kids we trick-or-treated with, not one of them got a Heath bar last night. :(

Em-Musing said...

Hey! Great review! And thanks for sharing your Halloween. I spent mine with my grandkids. Love all the laughter and squeals.:)

Carol Kilgore said...

Fantastic Review! Kudos.
Glad you had a great Hallo-Thanks-Mas. I'm thankful we didn't run out of candy this year.

Laura Pauling said...

What a great review!

And wow what a different trick or treating experience you all have. It was 30 degrees for us this year with snowflakes. Our town is rural enough that we meet friends and trick or treat on main street. Fun but cold. Two years ago it was 60 degrees. Last year it was raining. I never know!

Maria Zannini said...

Wow! Three holidays in one day. I wouldn't know whether to be wired or exhausted.

I like how your neighborhood sticks together. It would be nice if more neighborhoods were the same.

Linda Kage said...

Looks like a wonderful Halloween. Congrats on the awesome review!

Diane said...

Glad she was looking out for her mom with that candy pick! My daughter loves Hannah too. :O)

alicia said...

Great book review! (I tried to get the book on my Nook, but it must not be available in ebook form?) If I need to get the real deal, that's good too!

Way to raise the kid right- trading candy for you! I love it!

Laura Marcella said...

What a super fun Halloween!!! Everyone's costumes look fantastic.

Congrats on your wonderful book review!!!

My favorite chocolate candy bars are snickers, take 5, and kit kat. But really, I'll eat anything if it has chocolate on it! :)

Tara said...

I'd love to condense all holidays into one day. As long as I don't have to celebrate them again. Just call me Frankenscrooge ;)

Congrats on the great review!

Linda G. said...

Love the combined holidays--so much fun! And what a fantastic review, too. :)

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Great picture! I'm glad you all had a good time. And congrats on the review :)

Stephanie said...

Congrats on the review!! We call early dinner lupper in our house, lol!

Joanne said...

Hm, I guess you had a "Merry" Halloween-giving weekend? Sounds fun, though! And kudos on the great review :)

Bossy Betty said...

WoW! Put Christmas in there too and you'd be all done! I think this is a great idea.

Loved the picture of all the kiddos!

T. Anne said...

What a fun crowd! It looks like you had a marvelous Halloween. =) Huge Congrats on the Booklist review! Personally I think your premise would also make a great movie. =)

Kristi said...

What a cute photo! I love it....looks like everyone had a blast!

AND a huge congrats on the review! ;-)

Kimberly Franklin said...

Congrats for the great review! And I love the picture. Very cute! And you're house's porch is beautiful!!!

Rula Sinara said...

Great review! I can't wait to read my copy.

Kara said...

Your neighborhood sounds very fun! Congrats on the awesome review and I like anything with chocolate:)

blueviolet said...

Holy cow! That is a HUGE group of kids trick or treating together.

I'm so happy for you on the glowing review!!!

Susanne Drazic said...

Great review. Cute photo. Lots of really cool costumes. My favorite candy? Those coconut candies that are pink, white and black striped. Forget what they call them, but they are good! Haven't had any of those in a long time. : (

Shannon O'Donnell said...

That's a wonderful review, Jennifer - congratulations! Thanks for sharing the awesome Halloween pic! :-)

Jill Kemerer said...

Just thinking about celebrating three holidays in one sent a chill down my spine. You're a brave woman.

And how awesome to read that review!! Hope you print that one out and pop it on your bulletin board!

Marianne Arkins said...

Or what I like to call linner.

HAHAHAHAHA... I thought I was the only one who did that. :-)

Karen Lange said...

What a nice weekend. Lots of goodies rolled into one. :) Congrats on the Booklist review! Yay!

Wannabe Writer said...

Too cute! I love that Scooby Doo is knocking the costume off of the dinosaur (?) next to him.

Elana Johnson said...

Great review, awesome picture.

And twix, all the way.

Leigh Royals said...

Oh, I just ate 4 mini twix. That equals the right suggested serving size, right?

Jennifer Shirk said...

ACK!! (This just in) Kidlet ATE the giant Twix on me.
Bad, girl!!

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Carolyn V. said...

How exciting about your review!!! Whoop! That is so exciting Jennifer! Plus the three holidays in one is kind of cool, too. Less stress. Oh...wait, maybe not. =)

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