But that doesn't mean we didn't do any Halloween-y stuff. First, we shopped for little pumpkins at a farmer's market. Then we went to an actual pumpkin patch for the big pumpkin. Then we drew lots of pumpkins and apples and put them all over the family room.
Then, of course, we read some Halloween books, including Margery Cuyler's The Bumpy Little Pumpkin and Erica Silverman's The Big Pumpkin - these two we read over and over and over and finally learned them by heart (as usual, I translated both into Russian for Mr. M).
Then we baked cookies. Actually, my hubby, being the family baker, baked them with Mr. M while I took some pictures. Unfortunately, we didn't decorate the cookies this year all because I didn't realize that for sprinkles to stay on the cookies, we had to frost them first. Shows how much I know about baking.
As for the costume, our idea was to dress Mr. M as the train engineer (his last year's costume). He didn't mind it at first, but then, on Oct. 30 he told us that he wanted to be a witch. Off we ran to Target, grabbed a plain black witch's costume - a dress and a hat (of course it was a girl's costume, have you seen witch's costumes for boys?!). Back home I cut the dress to make it into a short tunic and decorated the hat with some Halloween stickers and creepy crawlers.
Finally, we did carve a big pumpkin. It was given a nice toothy smile and set outside in the dark with a candle in its head.
So yes, we did all the Halloween stuff, except for trick-o-treating, but over the span of 2 or 3 weeks. It was kind of nice though, kind of like having Halloween over and over. And hey, we did keep all the candy!