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Crouch Family Halloween

So I guess it took me a bit longer to get around to writing this post than I had originally intended.  All Hallows' Eve was fun as always for our kiddos.  First, we all slept outside in anticipation of the Great Pumpkin, then spent 24 hours straight trick or treating around the city.  Lastly, we were visited by Skeleton Claus.  Okay, so none of that stuff actually happened.

Instead, we went to a party at some friends' house.  Perhaps I should say "party", since none of us had fun at all, and we stayed slightly less than the minimum amount of time which would be considered a little rude.  I think we were there just under an hour.  They are friends as well as past clients (I sold them the house), so we felt obligated to attend.

I think the party was really more for their oldest girl, since most of the kids seemed to be about her age (12, I think).  I should have known something was awry when the dad was digging into the hard liquor at 6:30 with some of his friends from work.  Seeing 40ish dudes all carrying glasses filled with about two inches of brown liquid seemed disconcerting at a children's party, but that's just me.  I think he said something like, "Gentlemen, name your poison", or something equally cheesy.  I felt like I was in a black-and-white movie for a few minutes there.


Brandon was a pirate king, and he got upset at one point when his (admittedly cheap) sword broke.  As a quick-thinking dad, I made it more fun for him by showing him how you could pretend to stab easier with the end broken off (see photo of him "stabbing" me).

We asked when the kids would/could go trick-or-treating, and they said, "Oh, just go whenever you want to." 

Hmmm...well, it's dark now, and there are no streetlights or sidewalks in this neighborhood.  I think we'll just go home.

So we did.

And we had a great time. 

Surprisingly, Abby (as Alice in Wonderland) had the most endurance of our three kids that night, despite being the littlest.  I think she would have gone for another hour if we had time.  The amount of candy that three cute kids can garner is simply astounding to me.  I feel like we could feed a nation, assuming of course that the nation could subsist on Milk Duds and Jawbreakers.  Aleah was a terrific "flower fairy" with twinkling lights in her wings.

I hope you enjoy some of the photos.

I think next year I want to be a pirate king myself.  I'll even get a REAL sword.

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