Last year, Georgia LOVED trick-or-treating. She ran from house to house yelling to her friends to wait up for her. If it hadn't started drizzling, I think she would have stayed out all night long.
Totally different story this year. We really should have expected her reaction considering that everything, absolutely everything, is "scary" these days!
It all started well. Georgia was definitely revved up while she got dressed in her costume. Mimi had just arrived, so we all quickly ate some dinner and then headed up to our neighborhood clubhouse for the annual parade.
|Our little panda|
|A Mimi kitty and a Georgia panda bear|
Georgia was pretty excited to see all her little friends at the clubhouse. I literally could only snap a quick blurry photo from behind because she was off and running with her friends to join the parade.
This year, our neighborhood also hosted a Trunk-or-Treat event in the parking lot of the clubhouse. Several local businesses decorated cars and joined in the fun distributing candy to the kids. Georgia was so excited to spot her teachers from school there. She had big hugs for everyone and they had safe candy for her!
And then we were off... we hit lots of houses right around the clubhouse and Georgia was doing great. And then the house with the graveyard happened. Some people got really excited about Halloween and decorated their front yard with gravestones, skeletons, etc. There were also a few scary kiddos dressed up at the house and Georgia was done. D-O-N-E. Done. Everything became "scary." Even as her friends ran from house to house, Georgia remained in the safety of her wagon. We tried luring her out with candy. Her friends tried to get her out. Nope, nope, nope. But, she didn't mind going along for the ride. She just didn't want to get out of the wagon to approach houses.
At one point, her buddy said, "Come on, Georgia!" and she hopped right out and went to the house (she must have forgotten that she was scared momentarily). All was good, until she realized there was a skeleton decoration on their porch too. Oh well. We tried. Back into the wagon she went and she remained there for the rest of the night. Luckily, a lot of people sat out on their front steps or in their driveways, so she did get some candy from lovely people who took pity on her/us and let her do a drive-by in her wagon!
|Safely in her wagon... with skittles (we thought maybe a burst of sugar might inspire her!) and a gazillion light up toys!|
|Making her move and getting out of the wagon! (Yes, that is Nick in the hat)|
Even though Georgia didn't visit many houses, she still had fun with her friends and we had fun roaming the neighborhood with a big group. We even bumped into Uncle Nick and Bennett and they joined us for awhile.
We hit up our own street last and we finally convinced Georgia to at least get out of the wagon to visit our neighbor's house. They were kind enough to buy some special candy for her that was safe for her to eat. She immediately broke into the giant bag of gummy fish... at 8pm! But, we quickly discovered that we could use those gummy fish as bribery. We offered her one fish for each of the houses she would visit on our street and she happily went and visited houses on our street with Mimi. She would hit a house, come back for a fish and then go to another house.
|The grumpy (and tired) panda... still nursing her skittles on the front steps.|
|Roaming the neighborhood with Mimi|
We figured Georgia would be done at that point, but she actually loved distributing candy to the kids who knocked on our door. We had to remind her that some people had scary costumes, but that it was all just pretend, especially with the big kids who came out later at night. One poor dad had to whip off his scary mask when he saw her reaction to him - "I'm just a daddy - look!"
|Helping Daddy give out candy after changing into her jammies|
Overall, it wasn't the night we expected, especially based on last year. But, she still had fun. And for us, the candy doesn't really matter since she can't eat most of it. Okay, slight lie because Nick and I didn't get much candy to steal from her pumpkin. Oh well. We gave out skittles, starburst and pretzels at our house, so she inherited those leftovers directly into her bucket. I also bought her some special chocolate online and she has loved eating her safe spooky cats and ghost lollipops.
The weather was perfect for a late night fire with friends/neighbors too...