Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween: Take 2

This past weekend, Sora and I took the train around the big lake over to see my brother and his family. My parents were also visiting at the same time, so my mom got to see her 3 favorite grandchildren at the same time, which is too rare.
I heart Amtrak! Overall, it's not very cost effective vs. driving, but it is much more pleasant and their customer service is really good. I accidentally bought tickets for the wrong day, and was able to switch it on the train at no additional cost. 

While visiting, we found a big "Trunk or Treat" that Sora decided could count for actual Halloween (even though it was on Saturday). We were greeted by the most amazing costume I've ever seen:
 It's hard to tell, but there's a guy in there! You can see his hand if you look closely. He was on some type of stilts, but he walked very fluently.
 Here is a tiny portion of the line into the event. It moved quickly, but they expected 5000 kids! There was free donuts and coffee while we waited in line which helped it go more quickly.
 The trunks had a competition for best decoration, which made it a step up from just taking candy from strangers in cars.
 This reminded me of the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Notice the taxidermy deer head.
 There were some other things going on like balloon animals, face painting, and bouncy houses.
 We also went to Sora's cousin's 2nd birthday party and had a lot of fun playing with both cousins, grandma and grandpa, and Uncle Travis and Aunt Kandis.
Here we are waiting for the train to take us back home. My only gripe is that the train stops 3 hours from our house, so there was still a long drive home after we got off the train. Sora tested out "Mr. Red", her Trunki suitcase. She liked sitting on it while it was wheeled around, as well as the ability to easily pull it herself. She got a lot of compliments and was adorable.

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