I am not sure who was more excited about trick or treating last night....me or Brooklyn. When I was little, we got dressed up for Halloween and hopped in the car. My mom drove us to a few church ladies' houses and some family members' houses. If we just trick or treated our neighborhood, we would have stopped at my grandma's and two great aunts' houses and been done for the night. For the most part, Brooklyn has done the same. We drive around to aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc and get home exhausted because it took us 4 hours to make all the stops and not piss anyone off by skipping them.
This year was different. In January we moved into a new house in a little neighborhood.
We walked through our neighborhood and got home at a decent hour. It was amazing, borderline amazeballs. It was a little weird to Brooklyn at first. After the second house she said "Mom, this feels kinda weird. I'm like walking up to houses asking for candy." Welcome to Halloween, hunny.
She decided to go as Katniss from The Hunger Games. She read it for a book report recently and we just let her watch the movie this week. By the time it was getting dark, she started getting worried that no one would know who she was though.
The first 3 stops knew who she was immediately and that just made her night. Then a group of teenagers went on and on about how cool her costume was, so she was on cloud 9. Forget all those old folks in the middle that called her a "cute bow hunter".
I was really impressed with our first year of "neighborhood livin" for Halloween. According to people on our "Grove's" facebook page, several stopped counting at the 120 kids mark. Kids walked through the neighborhood. Some were driven in from other neighborhoods. Some rode on hayrides through the neighborhood. It was a really big night. I am so glad the rain stopped and we had perfect weather for our first Halloween in the 'hood. Next year I think we may have a cookout/party with the fam and let Brooklyn take my nieces through the neighborhood.