Last night our church hosted Trunk or Treat. I hear they have done this in the past, but it was a first for us.
Wesley was skeptical about whether or not it would be any fun.
The first order of business was to find an acceptably cool costume for him - this is always a challenge because we won't let him be anything evil or overly scary. I usually sum this up by telling him he can't be a "bad guy"
After perusing the Spirit Store, he found something he thought he liked: a gangster.
After adding a fedora from wal-mart, we both thought he looks dapper :)
After modelling for these pictures, a couple hours passed and Wesley finally asked what a gangster was. Ha! I explained as best I could and he seemed ok with it because he finally said, a little in awe of himself, "So, I'm like a bad guy?" yes. You are like a bad guy. This satisfied him.
Oh. and gangsters rarely smile:
Next up, I wanted Brad and I to wear matching costumes.
I approached the topic somewhat hesitantly because I just knew Brad would be far too serious to ever dress up.
So, I was utterly surprised when he agreed to dress up AND then chose his own costume!
I merely dressed to match.
At the Trunk or Treat, I told everyone he was out on good behavior and was serving 4 years into a life sentence :)
When it came to our trunk, Wesley was all too happy to decorate. I wanted to stick with things that would be ok for the church grounds so we opted for a spider theme (sorry, dad)
We stocked up on fake web and streamers, etc. Then I just turned Wesley loose:
It's hard to see, but check out that 5 o'clock shadow!
With a little help from adults, Wesley whipped our trunk into shape just before it got dark.
Didn't it turn out wonderfully?
Wesley used a snowflake technique to make those spider webs out of paper.
If you're really nice, he might teach you how next time you see him :)
I took a few pictures before the kids arrived ...
Here's our Youth Pastor as Linus and his wife as Sally from Peanuts.
Our Associate Pastor as ... well, basically himself plus a mask.
He already owned all the components to his costume except for the cape.
And, last but not least, our Pastor and his wife as Tacky Tourists!!
They handed out hot cocoa at their trunk and became a very popular stop once the sun set!
It was a great evening and a great opportunity to meet people from the community.
We had a huge turn out and are already looking forward to next year!