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My First Halloween as a Mommy
Here's the Story of the First Halloween We Took Our Kids Out Trick or Treating
As a new parent, you look forward to doing all the fun things with your kid. Hunting for Easter eggs, decorating the Christimas tree, and going trick or treating are at the top of the list of things most parents can't wait to do with their kids the moment they get old enough.
I waited six long years to become a mommy, so you bet I was excited about my first time to take my kiddos trick or treating. This lens is all about the first Halloween we celebrated with our children.
We Skipped Halloween the First Few Years
We didn't do anything for the first 3 Halloweens
When I was pregnant with my first baby after suffering through six years of infertility, I daydreamed about all the things I was going to do with her once she was a walking, talking toddler. I looked forward to days at the park, walks through the neighborhood, and trips to the zoo. I also was super excited about our first Halloween, Christmas, and Easter togther as mother and daughter.
But when her first Halloween rolled around, she was only two months old. The idea of taking a newborn trick or treating seemed a bit silly, so we sat out that Halloween. Her second Halloween she was barely over a year old. I bought her the cutest ladybug Halloween costume. But when I put it on her she screamed and cried. My husband and I decided that trick or treating at that point would be more about us and less about her and what she'd enjoy, so again we skipped another Halloween. Her third Halloween she was just over two years old, but her little brother was only six months old. We decided since her brother was just a baby and she was not yet allowed to eat candy (she didn't even know what candy was at that age) that we'd skip just one more Halloween.
Up to that point, the kids were too young to realize they were missing out on anything. My husband and I passed candy out to the neighborhood kids. Our oldest enjoyed watching the bigger kids trick or treat through the front window and saying hi when they came to our door.
It All Began with Pumpkin Carving
Our first Halloween celebration with the kids
We finally decided that our oldest was ready for the Halloween festivities when she was three years old. My husband surprised us with pumpkins one day when he came home from work. He bought one small pumpkin for our three year old daughter and one for our one and a half year old son. My husband carved them both so the kids each had their own jack-o-lantern. I'll never forget how they shouted "ewww" when their daddy dug out the insides and dumped it on the ground. And how they eagerly helped as he drew a happy face on each one with a Sharpie. I held them both in my lap to keep them safe as he used a knife to carve out the faces.
The kids loved their pumpkins so much. They carried them around for days. My husband had cut the top off so that it could be placed back on the pumpkin as a lid. The kids took the lids off and kept their special treasures safely inside. It was a super fun time and now a cherished family memory.
Halloween Pumpkin Carving Kits - Pumpkin carving kits with patterns.
Carving a Halloween Jack-o-lantern is easy with one of these pumpkin carving kits. They provide you with everything you need to carve a fun or spooky pumpkin.
Halloween Night We Went Trick or Treating
My first time to trick or treat with the kids
My daughter dressed as a princess. It was the only long sleeved costume that I could find in her tiny size. My son borrowed a puppy dog costume from a friend. It was perfect for him because it was super soft and consisted of a simple vest-like piece that fit over his clothes with a matching hat. Since my kids were so young, it was more important to me that they were comfortable rather than dressed in that year's coolest Halloween costume.
My kids were so excited about going trick or treating that night that they couldn't wait for the evening to arrive. I wanted to take them as early as possible so I wouldn't have to chase a busy three year old in the dark. So, we had a supper picnic that evening around 5:00 in the front yard. We ate and talked and giggled while we waited for my husband to get home from work and watched for porch lights to turn on in the neighborhood.
We only went to ten houses that were all on our street. A three year old can only walk so far and I also didn't want the kids to have mountains of candy. The kids had a lot of fun. Our youngest had his very first taste of chocolate that night. Since my little ones aren't used to candy, I only let them each eat one piece Halloween night. Then they each got to have one piece after supper each evening until the candy they had collected was gone.
My daughter, the princess.
My son, the puppy dog.
Halloween Safety Lights - Safety lights for trick or treating
Be sure that cars see your little ones as they trick or treat in the neighborhood.
Did I mention I was 8 months pregnant with baby #3?
We Kept Halloween Very Simple that Year
We had a very simple Halloween celebration.
Halloween is a fun day. I have a lot of fond memories of Halloween carnivals and trick or treating. As our kids get older, our Halloween festivities will grow more elaborate. But this first time we introduced Halloween to the kids we kept it very simple since they were so young and because I was in my third trimester with baby number three.
This Halloween we will have three kids: a four year old, two year old, and a 10 month old. That should be all kinds of fun!