We spent time Friday celebrating friends and getting to dress-up and eat candy. We have a small stash of Halloween costumes from previous years and hand-me-downs. I let the kids raid the stash and pick what they wanted to wear. Alethia chose a penguin costume that was meant for Masami, so it was about 3 inches too short in the arms and legs, but what is the point in arguing. Masami chose an adorable monkey costume from cousin Micah and announced that he was Curious George.
At Alethia's German class on Friday afternoon, the teacher Miss Jenny, asked each kid (in German) what costume they would be wearing for Halloween. Then, she taught them the German words for their costume. Many of the kids had chosen classic Halloween characters like zombies, witches, and Frankenstein's monster. When it got to Alethia, she proudly replied that she would be a penguin. Immediately, one boy about 10 yrs old (who is going to be Frankenstein's monster) said, with surprising tenderness, "Ahhh, she is going to be a cute penguin!" He then asked how to say "cute penguin" in German. Such sweet affirmation for Alethia from such a surprising source.
After German class, the kids got dressed in their costumes and we met up with friends to join their unit's trunk-or-treat. It was everything I want out of a Halloween experience: short, tame, to the point...candy! We shuffled around a parking lot admiring all the fun costumes and creative trunk decor and filled-up the kids candy bags.
|Alethia, Kylie, Emily, & Masami|
Afterwards, it was back to the Kouba's for pizza and fun. The only thing missing was mulled apple cider...but I put my order in for next time. :)