Yes, it's Calista's second Halloween. But this is the first one that's been fun! Partially because last year I was horrible sick, but mostly because Calista is so much fun!
We started preparing by reading a Halloween book from the library, and dressing in Minnie Mouse skeleton shirts. Because, you know, why not?
Then we carved our Jack-o-Latern.
This year, a cantaloupe was our medium. It has made our outside entryway smell amazing, like tasty melon! Yum. Kyler's the designer and artist this year, by the way. Didn't he do awesome?
So, we've done enough prep. Now it's time to dress up and have Calista get told she is beautiful by complete strangers!
Calista was, as you can see, a butterfly. Or a fairy? I don't know.
She did have a wand, though.
In keeping with the spirit of the day, we made monster faces with Mr. Potato Head.
Actually, who am I kidding? Every Mr. Potato Head face looks this... interesting when Calista is the designer.
We also had a dance party brought to you my the Sesame Street Saxophone.
And the letter H.
Then, we headed to the mall. In exchange for a small donation to the food shelter, Calista got a treat bag, a pumpkin to decorate, and the materials.
There were also numerous stores that were giving out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Ready to go look cute in exchange for candy!
And off she goes! Wait up, Calista!
Watching her with the people at the mall was very entertaining. Calista loves people. She likes to be talked to and smiled at. She will walk up to someone... and then stop, once she is several feet away. From this distance, she will continue to smile and flirt... but from a distance. If the person comes to close to her, she retreats back further until she is at a "safe distance" again. The length of the safe distance changes depending on how well she knows you. People at church she will get much closer to, but generally will back away if they seem to want to pick her up. Some people, however, can pick her up. As Calista gets to know you better, your "safe distance" decreases. It's really cute. And rather sensible.
There was one woman at the mall Calista would actually take candy from. Calista would take a piece or two, and then immediately reach back for the bowl, drop her pieces back in, and grab two new ones. She did this over and over. The store clerk thought it was adorable... and it was. After she started chewing on the wrappers, though, I made her keep the candy and we moved elsewhere.