From Our Family to Yours: A Decade of Halloween Memories


I have to tell you, I never really cared about Halloween as an adult. Aside from the welcome excuse to eat my weight in candy, I suppose the holiday lost its appeal once I became too old to trick-or-treat. It wasn’t until I became a mom that I really began to appreciate the spirit of the holiday.

Halloween is more than just costumes and candy, it’s an excuse to visit the pumpkin patch, watch spooky movies, and carve jack-o-lanterns as a family. Halloween is surprisingly, a time of tradition.

As I embark on my 10th (yes, 10th!) year celebrating Halloween as a parent, I’ve rounded up 10 years of Halloween memories from our family to yours!

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    Sad pumpkin
    Ah, Boy Wonder was only 9 days old here and didn't like being his pumpkin costume, or knowing that he was scheduled for a major surgery the following morning.
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  • Do I amuse you? 4 of 44
    Do I amuse you?
    I spent a small fortune on this court jester costume because I thought it was a hoot. What I didn't know was how much he'd hate it. Rookie mistake.
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    You laughing at me?
    He wore this costume for approximately 7 minutes.
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    Racecar driver
    Here we have a 2-year-old Boy Wonder as a racecar driver, which would have been fine if...
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    Don't say it, kid
    ...he liked racecars, but he didn't.
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    Halloween bust
    Boy Wonder chose to stay home and chew is blanket rather than trick-or-treat that year.
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    Tough guys
    I don't think we visited the pumpkin patch that year, but rather the produce aisle of our local grocery store.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine 12 of 44
    Thomas the Tank Engine
    It only took me three years to realize that my child will only be happy in a costume he picks out.
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    All aboard!
    Toot, toot! Oh, so cute!
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    I don't know what happened this Halloween. I have exactly one picture to commemorate the occasion.
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    New pumpkin!
    Aww, BooBoo was about one month old in this picture. If I remember correctly, this was the first time we ventured out into the land of the living as a family postpartum.
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    Another sad pumpkin
    Yes, BooBoo is wearing Boy Wonder's old pumpkin costume. Yes, he's afraid of Venom.
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    Patch brothers
    There's nothing to say about this picture, it's just cute.
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    Carve time
    BooBoo wasn't sure what was going on!
  • Baby Darth Vader 22 of 44
    Baby Darth Vader
    Because I could.
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    Boy Wonder only cared about the cool gun.
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    Giving out treats!
    Yes, once upon a time I was brunette.
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    Watchful eye
    What's going on, Daddy?
  • Darth Vader 27 of 44
    Darth Vader
    We revisited the Star Wars theme with Boy Wonder as Darth Vader and...
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    BooBoo as Yoda. He hated the costume so much that he...
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    Party pooper
    ...refused to wear it to his Halloween party at school.
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    Handsome lad
    Boy Wonder growing up.
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    Brotherly love
    The brothers who patch together, carve together.
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    Sweet BooBoo
    I want to nibble that face!
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    Family picture
    Autumnal love.
  • Ready to carve 35 of 44
    Ready to carve
    "Cheese!" Now let's get busy!
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    Costumed cuties
    Here we have a ninja and a young Spiderman.
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  • Heavy! 38 of 44
    Brothers showing off their brute strength.
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    Soldier boy and Buddy from Dinosaur Train.
  • Dino-mite! 40 of 44
    BooBoo was the talk of the neighborhood in this costume.
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    A week ago
    Once again we land at the pumpkin patch, trying to grab a shot of these brothers pretending to like each other.
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    We are family
    I have to say, I do love this pic.
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    Carve masters
    The boys designed two angry jack-o-lanterns.

What do you love most about Halloween as a parent?

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