The first way we celebrated Halloween was on the 30th when we went to my neighbor's mother's house for their first annual Witches' Tea Party. I was not expecting it to be as involved as it was. I anticipated a table set up for the kids to play tea party at and some moms in witch's hats. But, oh no. The second I walked Natalie in I knew I had misjudged. Everyone was completely dressed up. The house was totally decorated. There were a lot of people - about ten kids and at least that many adults. The food was like a real tea. Even the kids had fancy place settings with real tea cups. Sandwiches were cut like bats. Plastic eye balls floated in the tea. There was an adult trivia game (I won!), Bingo for adults and kids, eating donuts of the string. It was amazing and awesome and I was so happy we were invited, even though I was overwhelmed caring for both Natalie and William. Natalie had a good time (she told me so in the car on the way home), but there were moments I felt bad because I was busy and couldn't get her what she wanted. She was one of the three toddlers, but she didn't know the house or kids as well as all the others, so she kind of did her own thing. She did enjoy trying her "tea" (punch), a sandwich, a cookie, and about two cupcakes. I'm looking forward to going next year, but William will need to stay home. He was the only boy there. Since everyone had to be in costume as something witch related, he went as baby Harry Potter.
On Halloween, we didn't do much special during the day. We went to play group as usual where some of the kids were in costume. I didn't want to chance putting Natalie's on and then her wanting to take it off, which is what happened at the tea the day before. I didn't want her to get sick of it and then not wear it out that night.
Once home, Natalie got to have one piece of her candy, a Hershey's bar. Almost every other thing had peanuts. How sad if for a child with an allergy. We have decided that we have to bite the bullet and let her try peanuts and probably will this week with some of her candy.