Hooray for Maddie's first real Halloween! She was a tired and grumpy princess, but ended up having lots of fun.
She caught on to the concept surprisingly quick, and was going up to houses and strangers with little apprehension (so long as they gave her something). "Trick or Treat" was said a few times, mostly before the door was answered, and a "thank you" was required before leaving the doorstep.
Her costume was given to Maddie by her grandparents -- Zak's dad and stepmom (thanks Terry and Mary!), and it fit Maddie PERFECTLY. The "pumpkin purse," as she called it was a gift from Aunt Terra. We filled it up TWICE with candy. Maddie kept asking us to open the candy, but then refused to let us touch her candy or pumpkin purse. She carried it the entire time on her arm, with either her glow stick (a huge hit!) or a piece of candy in the other hand.
One house we went to gave her a bag of chips, and she was fascinated by this. "Look, mama! CHIPS!" She held on to the bag of chips longer than any piece of candy.
The best part about Trick or Treating with a toddler is:
1. The night starts early and ends early. We're far more tired than she is, and turned off our lights by 7:30.
2. Parents get to eat ALL the candy!
Next year, there'll be TWO little munchkins in costume! Good Night!