Halloween 2013


I can honestly say I never, ever thought I'd be typing a blog post with that title. We're just not huge Halloween fans around here. I LOVE costumes and dressing up. But that's basically the extent of our enthusiasm. Tommy doesn't appreciate the money I pour into my costumes (he wasn't allowed to celebrate the holiday as a child), I don't appreciate the piles of candy I assume will be piling up in our future, and neither of us love the idea of spending the evening with ghosts and goblins. (Or zombies? And vampires?) 

But my parents are in town this week and they were enthusiastic about Sunday Trick-or-Treating for the holiday. I had picked up a costume for her for $5 at a local consignment sale back in September just in case of a fall festival or costume party... so I thought... let's give this a whirl! It was raining as we pulled into the neighborhood and the block we were on had about 5 or 6 lights on. I figured we'd give them a go and just see how it all went.  We'd probably hop in the car and go home after those few.

Well, first: We ended up walking about 4 or 5 blocks! And second: I am KICKING myself that I didn't take my big camera!! Oh my goodness. The whole thing was so. much. fun!!!!! Sunday was the sweetest little cowgirl ever. She got the hang of the whole experience by house #2. Her softly spoken "Trick or Treat!" charmed almost every person handing out candy and they all kept giving her two pieces. "You're just so cute! Here's another!" Of course that made my mama heart swell with pride! But after a while she just started helping herself to double the candy and I'd say "Oh, no no!" And the people would chime in "It's okay! Let her have as muuuuch as she wants!" Haha. Okay, sweet girl. Go for it. Mama's gonna eat it all later, anyway. 

Here are a few of the pictures I grabbed with my mom's cell phone of the whole trick-or-treating experience. Mine was too full to take any pictures because I took about 50 of her before we went out... and I think she's looking at the camera in ONE of them.  

I am still in shock at what a good time was had by all! There was one house Sunday didn't want to walk up to - it was super creepy with windy music, fog, and people in really ugly monster costumes. "Sunday, go ahead!" "Nooo.... noooo." I had to admire her sense of light and dark here. Haha. But the sweet goblin (with a hook as an arm) tossed the candy out to her. I was cracking up. If we ever live in a neighborhood with houses super close together (we won't as long as Tommy has any say in our future investments) I will TOTALLY be enjoying Halloween on a regular basis....! I wish we could have that many kids come to our house! We live on a huge hill so even if they make it down our street, they never climb the driveway to our front door. Boo. Someday!

Here are a few shots I got before we left the house of Sunday in her costume. She seems to be noncompliant whenever Grandmommy is around... like she doesn't have to ever follow rules or something (we're working on that). And Grandmommy was helping during this little photo shoot... sooooo.... we can all see how that turned out! (Plus, the truth is, having me photograph her proves to be challenging every time anyway. Which is why we had someone else take our fall family portraits. :))

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.