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Halloween only comes three times a year

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We spent an inordinate amount of time creating Calvin's costume this year, and he'd been so excited about being a train that I decided to make this once annual event last a bit longer. Dexter had their annual downtown costume parade and trick-or-treat on Friday so we traipsed through town collecting candy from our favorite local businesses and workers.

On Saturday Kerrytown had trick-or-treating at the Farmers market, along with free donuts and cider, so Calvin got a second chance to done his beloved train costume. My favorite part of the event was hearing him describe the costume to all the questioning onlookers (of which there were many). The second best part of the event was the occasional booth that was handing out real goodies—apples, dried corn, or gourds instead of candy.

And of course, then there was Halloween. Jon's parents and sister came to enjoy the evening with us, his mother sporting pumpkin orange and Ann the good witch in white, and we all took turns carting the railroad crossing signs on our forays into the neighborhood. The longer that we've been in this house the more we get to know our neighbors, and that makes Halloween exponentially more fun—we know them, they know Calvin, it's a good time.

 With all that Halloween one might be concerned about a major sugar high. What exactly will this do to our healthy diets? Like last year we offered Calvin the opportunity to trade in any of the candy he collected for a quarter per piece—money that he could use to buy any item he chose. On Thursday, after his trip through Dexter, he decided to eat one piece of candy after lunch and traded the rest in for money. I wondered if after that first taste the decision might be a tougher one, but actually the one piece of Kit Kat he had was apparently enough—he traded in all the rest of the candy which we handed back out to our neighbors. At a price of $25 (the total he accrued) it was probably the most expensive Halloween candy we've ever bought, but I figure we paid a premium to keep the household sugar intake down, and to give Calvin a chance to make good choices with lasting outcomes.

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Reader Comments (9)

This is really cute, my son now wants to be a train for Halloween.
September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Where did you find the numbers and design stickers for the train? I am making this and I'm not sure where you found the gold/silver stickers
September 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanie
Hi, Joanie. I cut the numbers using my Cricket cutter, and the rest of the shapes I cut by hand. My process for making the train and basic instructions can be found here:
September 24, 2011 | Registered Commentercortneyandjon
Thanks for this great costume idea. My son had not wanted to participate in Halloween of any sort until he saw your son's costume. He is excited about Halloween and all the parties he will go to dressed as a train. Now I am on my way to the store to purchase some items to attempt to make this train. I look forward to sharing this special project with my son...THANKS again!
October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfaith
You are very welcome, Faith. I hope you have a great time!
October 29, 2011 | Registered Commentercortneyandjon
Love the idea! Do you have a pattern and or directions for the train?
August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie Fazio
Melanie, directions can be found here at the link below. I hope you have as much fun making it as we did!
August 22, 2012 | Registered Commentercortneyandjon
what did you use as the tube piece for the front of the engine? An oatmeal box?
October 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJsmith
The front of the engine is a plain cardboard hat box purchased from Michael's or Joanne's (an item offered in the "cardboard for decoration" section of the store). For more details on how we made the train, and images of the process, visit this link:
October 5, 2013 | Registered Commentercortneyandjon

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