Monday, November 5, 2012

Happy Hallovember

Because of Tropical Storm Sandy, the city of Pittsburgh moved Halloween until the Saturday after the 31st...  creating a November holiday. As my clever friend Keith said, this year we celebrated Hallovember. We love our East Liberty neighborhood but decided to take the babes trick or treating in the neighborhood next door- Point Breeze. It just so happens that we KNOW people in Point Breeze, so we invited ourselves for dinner and to join them for the festivities.

It was fantastic. Pursy was a little shy at first, but she had rehearsed her lines with Grant and at the first house walked a little timidly to the front door. Once she saw the basket of candy in the friendly woman's hands, she quickly blurted out "HappyHalloweenTrickorTreatI'mFoofaThankYou!". After she was rewarded with her first DumDum, she thought it surely could not get any better then this and sat down on the sidewalk to open her candy and enjoy the evening. Grant and I both had to urge her that there was actually MORE candy to be had if she would just continue her walk and knock on more doors. She is a bit of a letter of the law kind of girl, and at one house walked directly in front of the couple sitting in lawn chairs with candy to the front door and knocked. She didn't want to make any mistakes and miss out on tasty loot.

It was so fun to meet neighbors and watch our little girl run ahead of us so independently. She wanted to be Foofa from Yo Gabba Gabba and I actually found a great deal of joy in watching her look so girly in pink fleece and flowers. She is petite but a bit of a bruiser, and her costume was so sweet and little girlish. Knox lasted about 4 houses before our Train Conductor called it quits- Grant headed back to the house to sit on the porch with Jim and pass out candy.

The hours before Trick or Treating were filled with gymnastics, leaf piles, hard cider and Little Boy breath on chilly windows. Grant and I watched in amazement while the little people we made played together in a big pile of gorgeous yellow leaves. I am a sucker for a babe in a hat...

Happy Hallovember from the Martsolfs!


  1. Christy, I was so excited when your post showed up in my RSS feed today. Thanks for writing, and keep 'em coming! Your family is adorable.

  2. Thanks Morgan! We are so glad to be in community with you...