We had several days of prep leading up to Halloween. First, the serious pumpkin carving.
Finn was very excited to carve his own little pumpkin.
Then he took it to a whole new level.
Here are the final jack-o-lanterns.
Of course, there was costume prep as well. Ezra was easy — he wanted to be a ninja so we just bought him a costume. Finn, however, wanted to be a house. Thank goodness Bruce is so handy and creative. Here are some pictures of the transformation from cardboard box to house.
Here’s the first time the chimney (with dry ice) was working.
There were lights in the windows as well.
Here’s Finn’s original drawing — not too far off from the finished product!
On Halloween night there were some minor adjustments that needed to be made.
And Ezra needed a ninja sword — drawn by Ezra and made by the two of them.
Then the sword was attached to his candy bag and he was ready to go.
Full ninja mode.
Finn was all set, too.
He had little holders for candy inside his house so he could give out candy as well. He liked doing this from right outside our door.
It worked — kids came to his house to trick or treat.
The ninja patiently waited for the real trick or treating to start.
Finally, we were off!
Finn stopped traffic.
Everyone loved his costume.
One passerby said, “Man, that’s nicer than my house!” But he didn’t last long. He and I came back after just a few houses and handed out candy at our house with my friend Linda who’d come up to handle the trick or treaters while we were out. We had a nice visit and handed out bags and bags of candy, the usual for our neighborhood.