Since Luke was about 6 months old, we've had him enrolled in the Parents as Teachers program through our local school district.
Tonight was their annual fall party, and the kids were encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes.
This year, Luke is dressing up as a train engineer or "Choo-Choo" engineer -- and if you've been following this blog within the last six months OR you know Luke in person, you know that Luke is completely and utterly FASCINATED by trains.
We can personally thank my parents (Papa and Mama in "Luke Speak") for both the idea and the outfit for this year's Halloween.
This evening was the first evening we've put it on Luke (and we still have 3 more days of various Halloween activities with which he will be "sporting" this outfit).
Sooooooo, at home -- before leaving for the fall party....
(You'll notice his lips appear "pursed." That would be because he was repeating "Choo-Choo" over and over with this outfit on).
And, did you know that train engineers carry around little blankets? This little engineer certainly did here at home.
Then, we headed to the party....Luke immediately found the little wheelbarrow to push around. Let's just say he was occupied for quite awhile with this wheelbarrow. Leave it up to Luke to push something around.
After a little "free play" there, we all headed into a different room with quite a few tables set up with different activities.
First, Luke and Marc made pumpkins on a stick (which was nothing more than gluing a stick to a pumpkin head)....I didn't get a specific pic on that one; however, you can see the finished product with Luke in the next photo (he really liked what he made).
Second, Marc helped Luke "stamp" a face on a jack-o-lantern.
Then, this Mama got a turn at helping Luke glue a face on an orange plate to make yet another jack-o-lantern (can you see the pumpkin theme?).
Then, it was reading time....
Somewhere in there, we had some "nacks" (snacks in "Luke Speak"). We had some very yummy pumpkin/chocolate chip cookies.
Lastly, Luke spent a fair amount of time being a boy....yep, running around and jumping off of a stage (yes, this was a supervised event) was certainly fun (though, it wasn't part of the "planned" activities).
Tomorrow, the kids are supposed to dress up for Toddler Story Time at our local library.
Saturday is the downtown business "Trick-or-Treating" -- another opportunity for the "Choo-Choo" engineer costume to come out.
Sunday is actually Halloween -- yet another day for the costume.
Let's hope we can keep him interested in it. Somehow, I don't think that will be a problem. After all, last night, the "Choo-Choo" hat went to bed with Luke.
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