Monday night was trick-or-treating at our local downtown Main Street. A line stretched around the block, people kept cutting in line, there were teenagers with bad attitudes, and it was all around a pretty lousy time. But it was a good first run for the Sea Otter. And the first time someone put candy in her Elmo bucket - watch out, we have created a serious candy monster here.
|Most common question. Is that a Beaver?|
Thursday night was trick-or-treating at the Zoo. I was totally thinking "okay, we'll go for a short while, hit a few stations, show off the costume, pick up some candy, get a few photos. But then we'll leave. We won't, like, walk the ENTIRE zoo or anything. That's freaking crazy."
I carried 21 pounds of Sea Otter through the entire zoo.
|The zoo people all knew it was an Otter. Noone even said Beaver. Not even the Princesses.|
|Even the Peacock knew she was an Otter. I think. It was hard to tell.|
Friday was her daycare trick-or-treating event at a nearby business. It is a large company, and the departments had a contest to decorate booths in the large atrium. The children visit there often for events like a Derby Parade. The employees really get into it and look forward to the children coming.
When I got to the daycare to put her into her costume, she started screaming. Seriously screaming. As soon as I put her feet into the costume, she threw a fit like I had really never seen before. I'm sitting in a room full of parents, her caregivers, and other children, and I really didn't know what to do. I knew that what I should do was say to her that it was okay if she didn't want to wear her costume. But I was embarassed about taking her to get candy if she wasn't in a costume. And I didn't want to just leave. I really struggled about it, but she kept screaming and refusing, so I just put her back into her outfit. She at least wore the hood for a little while. Then it came off too.
|At least I had her in orange-and-black. And seasonal Babylegs.|
Saturday we went to see our Miss Lori for costume Quick Takes. After Friday's episode I was really worried, but she put her costume on fine and let some photos be taken of her.
Sunday she was ready. She could tell something big was going on. I was cooking dinner - I had decided that our traditional Halloween dinner would be Bubble and Squeak, and it wasn't going well at the stove - but she was READY. She brought me her shoes, then a diaper, then some socks, and finally her coat. I got the idea she wanted to head out the door. So I packaged up her costume, two flashlights, and the potatoes-and-cabbage-that-wasn't-frying and we headed to Nan and Grandpa's.
My mother actually said (after two glasses of chocolate wine) that she admits that the Sea Otter costume did end up being pretty cute. I am SO glad that I went with it. I saw tons of ladybugs and kitties and even some cute frogs, but I have yet to see another Sea Otter this year. Even if we did see one, it would have been impossible to be this cute!
Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!