This year Halloween seemed to be a week-long celebration in the Conkling house.
We started the weekend before with a trip out to Hutch Rec's Spook Walk at Dillon Nature Center. This non-scary walk along the trails was a hit - and brought back so many memories since the last time DNC hosted the event was 20+ years ago.
It was a great way to "break in" their costumes - Leonardo and Tinkerbell.
Fast forward to later in the week, and Brax celebrated with his preschool class and we enjoyed watching Mackie in her first Halloween parade at Plum Creek.
Brax with his best buddy and preschool friend, Jackson, who pulled off an incredible mini-version of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Mackie fluttering on through her school's Halloween parade - all smiles!
Halloween morning arrived, and we put on the costumes yet again for Trail & Treat 3K family fun run and costume contest, along with a stop to Bluebird Books for a special holiday story time.
By the time Halloween evening arrived, our kidlets were quite the experts in transforming into Leo and Tink. My parents came over for jack-o-lantern pizza followed by trick-or-treating around our neighborhood.
I love, love, love trick-or-treating in our neighborhood simply for the community aspect of it - there's nothing like walking around the 'hood, chatting with neighbors, friends, and watching the kids giggle and gleefully run up to each door step. I also feel there's a greater purpose than candy (though our neighbors hook us up with the good chocolate!)....there's something so special about visiting neighbors who normally don't have little ones around, plus it's a great lesson in using manners and being respectful when speaking to adults.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the night, though, was Papa Jimmy surprising Brax as he showed up as Leo's sidekick, Michelangelo. Brax was mesmerized and had his buddy by his side all night long. The two were quite the pair!
In the end, Halloween was a success! Fun to be had....memories to be made...Royals pulled out a big-time win...fall-back time with an extra hour of sleep....and mom and dad had dibs at the great chocolate stash just 5 minutes after bedtime.
Until next year!