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Frostbitten Wing-Tips & An Angel on a Sugar High
Despite our concern that Halloween would have our daughter in tears (from all the scary things going "bump" in the night) ... our girl, dressed like an angel, had a GREAT time! The only problem ... getting her to bed after consuming too much sugar.
Halloween nights are cold in Edmonton, so there aren't many scantily dressed "ballarinas" knocking on doors. Popular costumes are full-suit affairs ... furry animals, super-heros and such. They must appeal to the kids but, more importantly, must keep them warm.
We debated about how to dress Alex. Purchasing a full costume seemed a bit much, partly because we didn't think Alex would last long into the evening and partly because she would outgrow the thing by next year. So we bought a pair of 'strap-on' wings and a wand, then dressed her all in white. Who could resist a 'little angel'?
The problem was finding enough white clothing! We put on EVERY SINGLE PIECE of white clothing she owns! She needed more. But Alex was so excited, she didn't seem to mind. With a cold nose, red fingers and teeth chattering ... she tried to say, "Trick or Treat", at each door. We only took her around the block ... making sure to stop at the houses of people we knew ... Paul's (across the lane) and Anna's and Grant's (the neighbors on either side of us).
Our street was a Carnival, because there is a house up the street whose owner goes all-out for Halloween. For days in advance, he erects an entire facade on the front of his house. He had a big pipe organ (and organist), playing scary tunes, in the front yard, with billows of dry ice "fog" covering the leaf littered lawn. The porch was transformed into a witch's lair. It was quite something! A news crew was filming, a parade of cars were slowly driving past and hoards of people were trick-or-treating. (Neighbors are forced to purchase ten times more candy than most, as the house draws visitors from outside the neighborhood, who then "trick-or-treat" up and down the street.)
Alex, in her angel outfit, was a big hit and on more than one occasion, picked up extra candy, "because she's SOOO cute!" If we were gypsies ... we would utilize this cuteness to our advantage. She received so much candy, that we had to 'sandbag' some, because the weight of it ripped the handle off her paper sack.
Back home, Alex excitedly sorted through her sack of goodies, wanting to sample each. Parent's had to limit the number of pieces consumed, for fear that our little angel would turn into a grumpy devil if she were to ingest that much sugar! She was still bouncing off the walls at 8:30 (a half-hour after her normal bedtime), but despite her protestations, our little angel fell fast asleep.
What will life be like, now that Alex now knows the word "candy"?