Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

It was Quin's first Halloween.... well, that is not completely true, she did dress up as a dragon when she was 6 months old and went to hangout with Courtney and Lucas to hang out candy to Edelweiss kids, but at 2 1/2 this is the first Halloween where she actually knew what was going on. Thanks to a bit of a primer by the Bernstein Bears the day before, Quin was all geared up to dress like a giraffe and to go out hunting for candy. She doesn't get to eat much of that stuff, but she LOVES it, chocolate especially (chip of the old blocks), so we had no idea what to expect.

We started out the evening, after a Rocky Mountain Flatbread Pizza and salad dinner, by trick or treating in our cul-de-sac. We went to 4 houses, which was enough to fill Quin's pumpkin pail (thanks, BeGe), and for her to get a sweet grab bag, that included bubbles and halloween play dough!

Then, we walked down to the YWCA for their Halloween party. The weather was amazingly nice for Banff. Last year it was frigid, which is part of the reason we didn't trapes around with a 1 1/2 year old. This year was down right balmy. Our little giraffe actually got a bit overheated from being inside too long. The party at the Y was awesome, donations were accepted but not expected, and you should be ashamed of yourself if you didn't give one. There were craft tables, balloon animals and hats by Crazy Larry, cookie decorating, face painting, grab bags, a haunted house, and oodle ad oodles of costumed volunteers making oodles of kids happy.

After this we walked to the Community Grounds for a GIANT bonfire and a stellar fireworks display. Our friends Laurie, Jonathan, Kim, and Kevin joined us. There was hot chocolate and hot dogs. Once again, everything was complimentary. Banff really knows how to do things right. If anyone thinks there is no a good local community here, is totally wrong. There are so many cool things to do for families. As we walked home at the end of the evening we thanked our lucky stars that we live in suh a beautiful place where we can safely walk in the dark to all the going-ons in town. Thanks, Banff.

As for candy eating, Quin did have hot chocolate, a hot dog, a cookie, but she carried her pail of sweets all night and never asked to eat one. She even fell asleep with her beloved pail. She picked it back up in the morning and carried it around until lunch time, when I found her behind door, quietly eating Smarties, the evidence all over her face. For now, the pail is mine...

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