Earlier that day, Steve and I set out for pumpkins to carve. Note to self, get pumpkins early in the month to avoid picking through warty pumpkins at the end. Luckily, after searching two pumpkins patches and two publix grocery stores, we were able to find 2 great ones at 5.99 each. Later on that night, after getting back from our decoration shopping trip, we carved them. Steve drew his face on his pumpkin, while I used a pattern. I know, I know, being an art major I SHOULD have drawn my own, but patterns were always how I did it as a kid, and I like to keep that tradition :).
FINALLY Halloween arrives. I set up my graveyard, our floating ghost, my spider and spideweb (set up from the night before), and realized, how are the kids going to see the graveyard at night being as we dont have any lights for the front yard... yet. We then set out for Lowes, where we picked up two solar lights. We had to put the panels in the spots that did get sun during the day for them to work properly, but that worked out fine.
So the day goes on and after running a few errands, 4 pm comes along. I set up my candy, I turn on my battery powered decorations, I set up one last decoration I remember my parents had given us (Dr. Shivers) and am ready for the early birds. I figured that the VERY little ones would arrive as early as then. None came. 5:00 comes along, no one, 6:30 not a sole in sight. I started to get worried. Finally at 6:45 they start rolling in. I guess being a newby at this, 4pm is a little too early to expect anyone, at least in our neighborhood. One thing I noted is that these kids are efficient! Once they ring that doorbell they are already thinking about the next house. I open the door, put out my bowl, and before I could say "what are you suppose to be be" they were gone. I could barely see what they were even dressed up as!
They came and went. Some taking more than the "one" I had told them to take, some I made them wait until they actually said "Trick or Treat", most saying "Thank You," and some even complimented me on my Halloween socks and our little guy Jerry :).
Our Cemetery Scene
Our Floating Ghost
Our Curious little guy :)
Our Entry Way
At the end of the night, we had counted up our stats.
Favorite Decoration: Floating ghost
Start time: 6:45
End time: 9:00
Total trick or treaters - 100!
I'd say it was a successful, first Halloween in our first house :).