The girls got off the school bus, inhaled a quick healthy snack, and leapt into their costumes. In fact, we all wore costumes this year -- as Star Wars characters! Why yes, we are geeks. You got a problem with that?
Here are R2D2 (Elegant) and Princess Leia (Graceful) before we left:
Hell yes, they're cute.
As for the R2D2 costume, I found the t-shirt online and then created the hat from an aluminum pie pan and aluminum foil. I used blue painter's tape and a scrap of red paper for the various lights and markings. Voila!
And here we are recreating a scene from Star Wars:
In case you don't get it -- because, you know, you have a life -- let me jog your memory, "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."
[Oh, and before you ask, as I am the family photographer, I totally forgot to have someone take a photo of me as the Emperor. Yes I am a dumb ass. But I do have photos later on of Pete as Obi Wan Kenobi. ]
Then we were off to Part 1 of Halloween: Trick or treating at the University.
If you're local, you know what I'm talking about if I say we went trick or treating on the Lawn. If you're not, I don't think I can adequately describe it, except to say this: MAYHEM. Utter chaos. A couple thousand people in one particular area, many of whom are uptight parents looking for that perfect photographic opportunity. As if.
When we got to the university, we met up with Melissa, the other half of the Dynamic Duo of Shoe Shopping, her husband Rich, and their cute-as-hell kids, who were dressed as Yoda, Darth Vader, and a Clone Trooper (early version of the Storm Troopers -- because that's an important distinction):
And here's Yoda (aka Ava), who's teething and was really more like "Angry at Life Yoda":
She's thinking, "Aunt Jen, get that f*cking camera out of my face or I will HURT you."
Melissa wore a superhero cape, because she is:
And we're off! (Much purposeful walking...)
Check out how fierce Vader is. You can almost hear his menacing soundtrack:
I like the way his cape drags the ground.
I do think Obi Wan Kenobi is kind of cute:
I could say something here about his lightsaber, but I won't.
I tried to get the girls to say "May the Force be with you" instead of "trick or treat." Elegant opted to beep (droid language) instead, but Graceful said it, thereby thrilling my geeky heart.
About halfway through, we stopped to assess the haul, just in case there was something that needed to be eaten RIGHT NOW:
Then, off for more taking candy from strangers.
At the end, I got a photo of my loved ones with the Rotunda in the background:
Once we got home, we had the ritual Sorting Of The Candy, followed by the Trading Of The Candy:
I think everyone was satisfied, including Pete and me, as we were given anything with coconut or dark chocolate.
After a healthy sugar-free dinner of chicken soup and apples, Pete took the girls around the neighborhood for more begging for treats. Because, you know, we didn't have enough candy already.
By 8:00, the girls were done. I cut off their candy consumption because I think eleventy squillion pieces in one evening is more than enough.
And this morning, Graceful started talking about Christmas.