::Note: we do not actually feed our babies Tootsie Pops, although these pictures suggest otherwise. They did do the trick for keeping them still for a few pictures, though!::
We have a quiet house with five sleeping babies and many sacks full of candy. I think everyone would say it was a successful Halloween. In the end we settled on Hermione (Zosia), a skeleton (Hugo), a flower fairy (Lily) and her pollinators, who were played by our two bumble bees (Clara and Dorothy). The "big kids" have this trick or treating thing down to a science, and bound from house to house, leading a tribe of neighborhood kids behind them. The babies are quite literally along for the ride, but seemed to be pretty happy taking in the costumes, the neighbors, and then after nightfall, the bright lights.
The thing I love most about Halloween is the neighborliness. For some neighbors, it is one time among many that we stroll up their walk way and knock on their door over the course of a year. For others, it might be the only time we chat with them, or the very first time we meet them. There aren't many occasions quite like it.
Ben and I just got home from a fire pit a couple of houses down where we sat around and drank wine with some of our favorite neighbors, laughing and telling stories about neighborhood lore like that time that the dorecho took our power out for a week. It is a good thing to be surrounded by friends, and I am deeply grateful for it. Hopefully you found yourself in equally good company.