I don't know why Halloween decorations elicit more squeals of glee from kids than any other holiday, but man alive, our kids are pretty darn excited about ours. And the sad thing is that we are skimpy as can be when it comes to Halloween decor.
But I'll tell you what, what we have, they love.
And so does the rest of the neighborhood.(Let's just go ahead and ignore that inch of dust on that table in the background...Gracie's obviously been slacking on her job. Don't ever buy a glass outdoor table.)
You may have met our two favs. back here, but let's just fast forward from there:
Our kids were devastated last year when Lucy was so scared stiff by "Mr. Bones" that we had to finally take him down. The poor girl, she really just couldn't handle the scariness of that little jig he does when anyone clapped or closed the door.
But Halloween just wasn't quite the same without Mr. Bones around.(Do you like how it says "love more" above a skeleton? I think it's just the right Halloween touch.)
So this year, the kids took all the precautions they could to introduce that Mr. Bones just so...carefully maneuvering what they said to make Lucy fall in love with him.
Well, it didn't work. She wouldn't walk past the front entry without me covering him up and kept asking me to take him down.
But the other kids? Well, they begged and begged with puppy-dog eyes for him to stay.
Luckily a couple days after we put the stuff up Lucy got to have some friends over.
They were nervous about Mr. Bones themselves.
And especially about our face-changing witch.
I could almost see the thoughts working up a plan in Lu's head: "Hmmmm...these kids are scared...maybe I can be brave and show them it's all really pretend like my brother and sisters keep trying to tell me."
Yep, those gears in her head are working well. She perked right up and showed those friends a thing or two about how fun those Halloween whippersnappers can be.
The witch was first. They all fell in love with her.
Then when I was on the phone a little later and our house was splitting at the seams from so many extra kids pouring in on a half day, I heard shrieks of pure delight. Everyone came running full speed into the kitchen and announced Lucy touched Mr. Bones. I wish I had a video of Lucy's face beaming as she ran up to me to tell me the good news with a humongous smile stretched across her face.
It just goes to show the power of peer pressure.
And now I can't tear her away from these guys.
Here are our other not nearly so interesting things:I'm just happy these few things are doing the trick of delighting our kids. We'll hold on to that while it lasts!