Kiddo was headed down the same route costume-wise as he was last year. That is, he said in response to my inquiry if he wanted to dress up: "No. I'm a kid." (He is very grounded in reality) "A petulant kid," I thought. However, a last minute discovery that his neighbor was going as an "A Train" excited his brain as to the possiblities of wearing a costume. Thanks to the supplies of a generous neighbor mom, Kiddo went out trick-or-treating as the "D Train". He got a lot of comments on his costume and several people even wanted to take his photo.
He went out with Daddy-O and came back with a huuuugge bag of loot. Trick or treating in our urban neighborhood involves going up and down the main avenue and stopping in stores. Very different than in primarily residential areas. I think it offers a really wonderful sense of community, especially when the parade starts.
To combat the enormous bag of sugary treats, which I knew Kiddo wouldn't really be that into anyway I offered to trade him the candy for a new puzzle. He immediately accepted, so now Daddy-O has a bag of treats for his office. Although, I did let Kiddo pick out 5 treats to keep. He choose M&Ms and Skittles and that is all the artificial color and flavor I can handle. If you want to know why it is important for children to avoid artificial color (other than the obvious) you can read about it here. If you want to give your kids some candy treats once in a while I recommend Sunspire and Yummy Earth candies. (They're good for Moms, too!)