The rest of the weekend wasn't quite so spectacular. Saturday I awoke with Bumblebee's fever and was happy to usher the kids off to Grandma's house for a day of play.
They came home with a huge pumpkin, and a handful of safe candy each. I went back to bed.
Sunday dawned bright and early...with bouncy kids...and a feverish Mommy. Eventually it was time to leave for trick or treating at the zoo. The kids asked me to stay home. They knew Daddy was up for anything. They didn't want to miss any fun. I reluctantly agreed to stay in bed. :-(
But I hear that the local zoo put on a hauntingly good time yet again! They really outdid themselves, Lara Bar, Cascadian Farms, and Martinelli's Apple juice were just a few of the healthy food sponsors handing out chemical free treats. There were also seeds, and paperwork, and stickers.
And merry go round rides, and animals to visit, and then just enough time to rest before they went to "just a few" houses for their evening fun.
They were a little nervous. As Penguin put it, "Mom, it's a little rude to just ring someone's bell and ask them for candy!"
But they only got one sour puss who said he'd give them some candy, but seriously...they needed to hurry home and watch the World Series. It was getting good.
The game must have kept a lot of dads glued to the TV, because there were handfuls of candy dumped into the bags. The girls were excited, because the end of trick or treating is the beginning of the real fun...
Remarkably, there was quite a bit of the haul that one kid or the other could eat. There were Trader Joe's Semi Dark chocolate bars that read free of gluten and dairy (and dye), Necco wafers from a knowledgeable friend (free of the top 8 and dye, but comprising mostly of corn), Yummy Earth Lollipops, treat size Annie's Bunny crackers (safe for Bumblebee), a few chocolate bars safe for only bumblebee (including a full sized 3 Musketeers...which she called "super gigantic") some pixie stick like candy that was actually uncolored, and some yellow starbursts that I'm not overly happy about Penguin eating, but they are blue dye free and we know it's blue that's bad for her. All in all a good haul even before I pulled out the good stuff to trade the dangerous in for...an Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom bar and Florida's Natural fruit snacks. (Plus our own treat bucket goodies)
If you're wondering what the trick or treaters who came to our house were treated to; we filled our goodie basket with pencils, notebooks, glow in the dark bats, silly bandz, stickers, and Florida's Naturals (Yes, there's corn in those. But they're inexpensive, appealing and the kids can eat them. Anyone with a corn allergy can have one of the party favors). Basically, cheap, easy, and most of the leftovers will last until next year. Oh...we gave out little rubber duckies, too, dressed in Halloween garb. The little ones who actually pay any attention to what's going on love those. :-) (And my kids are claiming those leftovers)
And now we have enough candy to last us through Thanksgiving feasts, Holiday parties and both Christmas and New Years activities. Oddly, this is Wednesday. And although I've told them several times that they could have a treat after school, they keep going straight to the cupboard for fruit leather, or homemade muffins, or asking me to make porridge. Which is fine...and probably healthier than those fun size candy bars...but there are bags of candy on the table, kids...Get to it before your dad does!!!