I racked my brain trying to think of what he could be for Halloween. I knew he wouldn't keep a hat on so that cut out A LOT of options, because almost all the costumes at the stores had hats or masks. Also, I was challenging myself and wanting to make his costume instead of buying it. My first idea came when I found a tiger's tail at Wal-Mart. I bought the tail and a black t-shirt. I tried painting orange stripes on the t-shirt, but that ended in disaster and was thrown away. Now he just has a tiger's tail to play with in his toy box.
About three days before the Halloween festivities began the idea hit me. He could be Einstein! He has the perfect hair and all I have to do is buy a white shirt. I found a cheap white button down shirt at Sweet Repeats downtown. Then I took it to Brenham Trophies and they embroidered "Little Einstein" on the back for me and "E=mc2" on the front. At home all we had to do was tease his hair, drown some wrinkles and a mustache, and put on his sunglasses that he had popped the lenses out of. Here was his final costume!
We started our celebrations on Saturday evening with my nephew Cody and his mom Kristin at the Burton Elementary Halloween Carnival. I had taken Brazos last year, but he wasn't old enough to enjoy any of the games. This year he could play almost all of them with the exception of the Haunted House and the Jumper (big kids would topple him over). He loved any game that involved throwing something, like a bean bag or pennies. Even when he threw the last bean bag and was handed a prize, he didn't realize it was a prize and kept throwing it. By the end of the night though he had a bucket full of prizes.
After the carnival we met the rest of the family at Matt's parents' house. When we first walked in, it was all about the boys! Brazos and Cody had to pose for pictures in their costumes. (There's another little grandson, Cullen, but he was sound asleep in his playpen.) Then we enjoyed a big bowl of chicken soup, rolls, and dessert. The rest of the evening was spent watching the boys play and gobble up a few Halloween treats.
|Cody as Iron Man|
|Rhett Butler as a pumpkin|
|Brazos playing with Uncle Ryan|
|Watch out on the roads! Crazy driver coming!|
|Cullen playing with his daddy's fingers|
On Halloween day Brazos first had to go to the doctor for his vaccinations. He got four shots and was such a trooper. There were a few tears shed, but once he recieved his balloon he was all smiles.
Once Matt got home and Brazos was dressed in his costume the running started. First we went to town to grab a bite to eat at Sonic. Then we drove to my grandparent's house to trick-or-treat. Who knew the paparatzi would be there! As soon as Brazos strarted walking up the sidewalk my grandpa was snapping his disposable camera! After picking out a few pieces of candy from the bucket my grandma walked with us to her neighbors' who had their lights on for trick-or-treaters. One house didn't have their down shut all the way and as soon as Brazos began to knock he fell right into their house!
Next we drove all the way back out to our house to trick-or-treat with our neighbors. They had called us the week before to make sure Brazos would stop by their house. Once again, the paparatzi was there and Brazos posed for more pictures. They surprised him with a big witches pot filled with goodies. Let's just say he still has lots of Halloween treats to snack on.
When we left our neighbor's house we noticed another neighbor with their lights on. We had never met them before so we thought that trick-or-treating would be a good way to meet them. We knocked on the door and big dog started barking at us. Brazos was excited and began barking back. We could see our neighbors in their kitchen but no one was coming to the door. We assumed this meant that they didn't want trick-or-treaters so starting walking back to the car. Then we heard the door open and they yelled, "No wait! Come back!" The man held the dog from jumping on Brazos and the lady ripped open a bag of candy, poored it in a bucket, and let Brazos pick out a few pieces. They were so startled that I don't even think they heard us say, "We're the Supak's and we live down the road." I think it's safe to say we were probably their only trick-or-treaters.
Then we drove back into town to the Fall Festival at the fairgrounds. This place was packed! They estimated that about 5000 people were there. My mom was working at this event. We stopped by her popcorn booth and played a few games and won a few more pieces of candy. We also saw my dad on the way there at his job and stopped so he could see Brazos all dressed up.
Our last stop was out in Welcome at my friend Stephanie's house. She had her could all decorated for Halloween with bats flying on her front porch, handpainted candles, spider web, lights, the works! She too surprised Brazos with a bag of Halloween treats. She had even made her own chocolate-dipped-marshmallows-on-a-stick for him. He really enjoyed eating those!
By the end of the night and all the in-and-out of his carseat, Brazos was out like a light!