The North Pole of Halloween.

You might have noticed that my husband has a bit of obsession with Christmas.

…Which would explain why he was willing to dress as a donkey to get me in a Pregnant Mary outfit two years ago.

So as my husband encourages me ever quickly down the slippery slope of becoming a Holiday Liberalist, we found ourselves, yet again, in a Christmas scene for Halloween.

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…except that Chris got a promotion – from sweaty donkey to ridiculous elf (in a pair of boxers that he so fortunately won four years ago.)

…and Noah got a demotion – from the unborn Son of God to Token Polar Bear in Random North Pole Scene (RNPS).

…but he did add a bit of interest to his costume, as he preferred the Abby and Brittany look.

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Although Noah ran from every photo opportunity,

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and only allowed me side shots of him in full costume as he desperately declothed his head,

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Ali stayed true to her Princess ways and allowed a full photoshoot, requesting that I be sure and place them on my blog, not Facebook and Twitter, so that more people would be able to see them.

So here you go, blog – you’re welcome.

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But while I was busy photographing the children, Chris was already at Church constructing his beloved RNPS.

Upon arrival, the kids were…well, they were more impressed than they looked.

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Ali remembered the extreme businesslike attitude that it takes to hand out candy to 3,000+ kids, so she did a few stretches, planned her candy sorting strategy, and watched as the crowds drew nigh.

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(While Noah tried to stash as many suckers as possible in his Polar Belly.)

The superheroes landed, and Ali set to work.

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Noah watched, slurping down candy, confused as to why his sister would give it all away.

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But more exciting than 100 pounds of candy was the arrival of someone very important…

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Pop, back from Memphis, with his own “custom” Halloween costume, or eye at least.

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Ali exhausted early and was swept away by her Fairy Godmother to go candy-collecting,

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And so I re-recruited Noah – just to see if he would actually give the candy away.

Surprisingly enough, he did.  But he painstakingly made every kid wait a good fifteen seconds as he contemplated letting go of the goodness,

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and then was the King of Awkwardly Long Eye Contact, just daring them to not appreciate the gift of which he bestowed.

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Noah and I broke away to check out the other trunks as he sucked the life off of yet another sucker stick.

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My favorites included the 50’s Soda Shoppe,

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The Italian Ristorante,

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The iPhone that dropped candy out of the bottom upon choosing an app,

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CANDY MOUNTAIN, Charlie(!!),

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An extremely happy Mexican Restaurant,

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And, strategically choosing the last stop of the trunks, Heaven.

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It was a long night for Polar Bears everywhere.

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But fortunately, there were substances available in a high enough volume to drown any amount of sorrows.

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And because there just haven’t been enough already, here’s a gratuitous cute photo of my kids.

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Because that’s the real meaning of Halloween.

(That, and stealing all of the good candy after they go to bed.)