Giaan's Birthday & Trick-or-treating
30.10.2011 - 31.10.2011 7 °C
While I think it's a good thing in some ways that Halloween isn't big in Australia, we just had to get into it while here in Canada. The fact that it was also Giaan's 10th birthday was another reason to get into the Halloween spirit. The night we arrived back in Kamloops, our fabulous friends, Barb and Brian, took us shopping to find a couple of big pumpkins. These joined two smaller pumpkins that their granddaughter, Kirsten, had selected for the kids.
On the morning of Halloween, after doing Giaan's birthday stuff, we set about carving the pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns (the photos should show our efforts). While Lesley and Robbo finished their creations, Angus and Giaan decorated the front of Barb & Brian's house. The afternoon was spent shopping and prepping for the evening. We called up our other Kamloops friends with whom we'd gone horseriding - Janet, Raphi, Isabel, Claire and Anna - to come over and show our novices how to do the trick-or-treating that night.
After Robbo cooked up his legendary birthday meal of tuna, cheese, spaghetti and potato chips (it tastes awesome - honest!) for the family and a very curious Barb & Brian, Angus and Giaan got into their costumes. The girls and Janet arrived and the spooks hit the streets for some serious candy collecting.
While the first houses were quiet, we turned the corner to see a heap of trick-or-treaters wandering the street. There were little monsters, fairy princesses, M & Ms, the Village People, vampires...even the parents accompanying their kids were dressed up! Angus, despite looking great in his Scream costume, soon learnt an important fancy dress lesson - full-face masks are a pain! It was quite cold but his face was boiling! Still, the amount of lollies he was getting from people eased his discomfort. He and the girls started at a brisk pace but, after about an hour, they got slower. I'm not sure if this was due to tiredness or because they were lugging about so much candy in their bags! By the time, Raphi arrived (he'd been mustering cattle), the kids were about shot. Raphi declared his girls would need to dosome Halloween fitness training for next year - jogging with two full bags in full witch costume, chewing 3 Snickers bars at the same time as drinking a can of Coke...these girls are in for a rough September/October in 2012!
Finally, after watching some local fireworks from Barb & Brian's porch, we said goodnight to our friends. Having a Canadian Halloween on Giaan's birthday was great but Giaan and Angus having some friends to share the night with made it very special. Thanks, guys. The kids flaked and Barb & Brian de-briefed Lesley and Robbo. What a special day they provided for us! We really can't thank them enough for their efforts.
Will write a little more about our visit to the snow and to an ice hockey match soon. Thanks so much to all who sent birthday wishes to GG and we'll be seeing you soon.