The other really funny part about Ben's costume: We had 2 of these last year (one for each of the boys), and because I am a very clever person, I snuck one away from Ben after Halloween 2008 so that only one of them would get the wear and tear of year-round dress up play. I was banking on him wanting to be Spiderman again this year. And when he told me that's what he wanted in early October, I thought, "JACKPOT! I've got a perfect one already saved!!" Because of course, the zipper on the one he plays with almost daily is broken, and there's a hole in the knee.
So, about 30 minutes before Trick or Treat was to begin, I triumphantly pulled the "new" Spidey from its hiding place, congratulating myself silently on how much of a forward thinker I was (and remembering where I had put it...) to realize that... that zipper was broken too. Noooooooooooooo!!! Somehow Ben had managed to get to it before I had put it away last year, I guess, and I hadn't noticed the damage.
Three safety pins later, my son looked like a hillbilly, but at least he was happy and in a somewhat functional costume.
Bennett couldn't wait to get to Grandma McNutt's house. She is our backyard neighbor, and Ben really likes her. It was funny, because he's not really used to seeing her house from the front, and all the way around our block he kept saying..."I can't wait to see Grandma McNutt! Let's go!" and after all that, he totally ran right past her house, even though she was yelling..."Bennett! Bennett!! Come here, buddy!" as he went by. LOL. He was completely focused on the neighboring house, which he thought was hers...he eventually found her (I let it go on, because sometimes its funny to me, how oblivious to general whereabouts he is. hehe)
After visiting with Grandma McNutt, we headed back home. I lagged behind Ben, wanting to take a picture. As I was shooting, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a squirrel tousling in the leaves on the side of the road. I thought to myself, "Watch...that squirrel is going to run right in front of him, and scare him half to death." And guess what. I was right.
Seconds after I took the picture below, that squirrel darted in front of Benny and he was so freaked out, he threw his pumpkin up in the air, candy flew everywhere and he ended up falling.
And there I was, about 30 feet behind him, laughing hysterically.
All the retired people that live on that section of our neighborhood, handing out candy in their driveways must have thought I was a total nutcase mother. I don't think they saw the squirrel and there I was, struggling to get it together to help my wailing, scared child gather up his candy that was now stewn about the road.
It still makes me laugh to think about it.
I hope he's not scarred for life, by the squirrel who dared to play 'chicken' with him, and his mother who couldn't stop laughing at his expense.
Grandma P and Xavier.
Xavier and Grandma governing the candy-give-away process...
M-I-C...K-E-Y...M-O-U-S-E!!! (sing that to yourself as you look at the next picture. :-)
And finally ... our jack-o-lanterns in all their glowing glory.