One day this week I tried to explain trick-or-treating to our little girl adopted from Ethiopia 10 months ago.
Me: "You dress up in a costume, go to the neighbor's house, knock on the door, when they open the door you say, 'Trick-or-treat!', then they give you candy, and you say, 'Thank you!'"
She laughed and laughed, thought that seemed like the most hilarious thing she'd ever heard!
So, yes, Lil' Pumpkin as you've figured out a million times over, Americans are weird!
In other Halloween related news, for some reason that I can't remember right now, I showed my 9 year old this idea for making an iphone Halloween costume. He was completely sold and excited about it! So guess what we'll be making over the weekend (only not for a baby, but for a 9 year old)?
I hope it's not too disastrous and of course we had to wait until the last minute!
At least I had the huge win of talking my 7 year old daughter into wearing the Dorothy costume again this year, (The one I sewed from scratch last year, and purposely made big because it was so much trouble I wanted years of wear out of it!). She just needed some bigger ruby slippers and she was set. Like last year, it was the allure of getting to take a stuffed dog "Toto" to school in a little basket on the Halloween parade day that won her over!
And the younger kids were happy to pick out a costume we already had from our costume bin!
We will not be giving out the typical snack-sized chocolate candy bars this Halloween. Now that we've learned more about the issue, the tie between candy bar makers and child slavery in Africa is just too horrific. And it seems all the big names in candy are suspect or guilty. So, it's small, organic, fair-trade chocolates for our trick-or-treaters. If you'd like more info. about the tie between chocolate and forced child labor, this post from Kristen Howerton is excellent.
I am ashamed that it took us having a daughter from Africa before we became more interested in issues like these. It should have mattered before, too!
Happy Friday, Friends!
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