I know, I know. It looks like a perfectly fabulous Halloween, right? Evan's all-smiles while swinging at the pinata during a friend's birthday/Halloween party...
And they spent an hour or so gathering plenty of goodies on a crisp but comfortable October evening. Every child had a BLAST collecting enough sugar to keep our dentist in business till 2015 and hanging out at our friend's house.
"I know!" we said. "Let's go to the local haunted house! It's small and free and lots of fun for little kids!!"
Everyone was on board with this idea. We waited in line and checked out the front yard's spooky decor. Pretty cool. Spooky but not over-the-top. Evan liked walking up to random people with his mask and just staring at them. We laughed. We chatted. We warmed up our hands in our pockets.
We killed time taking silly pictures. What a fun night!
Moments before we walked into the backyard's haunted house, I convinced Evan that the set-up really wasn't that scary. After all, even Corinne went through it several times last year. And he could sleep in our bed if he was a little scared! Come on kid! You can do this!!
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
Notice how there are no "after" pictures?
Ever try to carry an 8 year old through a haunted house? Ever try to stop your own screaming in the meat locker with devils and werewolves jumping out at you so that your bawling son won't be even more petrified? It's not an easy feat. But I pushed those bloody bags aside and dragged my kid through, all the while he's whimpering,
"I hate Halloween! It's scary! I don't want to ever trick or treat or dress up again!!"
Great. FABULOUS job, Tracey. I have unintentionally succeeded in assuring Evan's presence in our bed for another 3 or 4 years.
FYI, it's a great and free haunted house in Plainfield, IL. They collect food to feed the homeless instead of admission! It is definitely scary but very short, so if you want to see how your kids may react to an expensive haunted house, this may be a good starter spot.
Souls of the Forsaken - check it out next year!!
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