After Trunk-or-Treating as a very SCARY MONSTER at church and dancing as Tinkerbell at ballet, Becca finally settled on (with my, um, encouragement) being Madeline for real trick-or-treating. I was really excited about this idea because she's been on a Madeline kick lately, she's as adorable, tiny and mischievous as Madeline, and it was the warmest of the three costumes, which became important by Halloween night. It was an assembled-at-home costume, thanks mostly to the adorable blue wool coat we picked up at our church's clothing giveaway this fall. Add a peter pan collar and a red bow, and voila! - Madeline. Or, at least, close enough to Madeline to convince a 3-year-old.
We had a great time hanging out with our friends (and Becca's other family), the Lovells, where Halloween night is a BIG deal. They don't mess around with the candy. Here's what they had to give out:
And, yes, those are full-sized candy bars! And, yes, if you answer your question correctly, you get several of them! Tammy is 3rd-grade teacher, so she knows just what kind of question each kid ought to be able to answer. She even made me explain the difference between Arminianism and Calvinism. Makes me think that the Board of Ordained Ministry might be well-served to pass out chocolate as they ask their questions.
But back to Becca. She had a great time being Madeline...
I had a great time being a butterfly (and silly!)...
And John had a good time being...John! (Actually, he wasn't feeling too hot, so he bailed shortly after we took Becca around the cul-de-sac.)
Becca even picked up a little French!