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Happy Halloween!

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By the time you read this it probably won’t be Halloween anymore, but for us it still is, and what a Halloween it’s been! This has been perhaps the best ones yet. We had a great time.

Before the festivities began we went into the city to see the library there. I wanted to look for jobs online and Oz needed to put in an application for a permanent position at his job. He doesn’t want to be a temp forever. We thought we would check out one of the bigger libraries. The kids loved it. There was a large toy area where Luca did puzzles and Sander played with blocks. Beekee looked at books on Halloween, of course. Corde read some of the next Naruto manga. They didn’t want to leave. The good news is $25 gives us a subscription to the library for six months. That means we can each get our own cards. Each card can have up to ten DVDs and ten ebooks. There’s also a limit of two players. As if that weren’t incentive enough, the library has a pretty neat interactive learning center with a computer and microscope. It’s totally worth weekly trips into town. On top of that, there’s plenty of space to play outside.

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The kids then went to trick-or-treat in the city too. We had fun there too. The kids played on two bounce houses. They did a cupcake walk. They got a ton of candy too. Of course, the dentist gave out toothbrushes, pencils, and rings (as well as pretzels and candy!) They had cotton candy. It was a good time had by all.

This is a huge change from what we planned. We intended on canceling Halloween festivities because everyone was sick. Because of it I hadn’t planned on costumes. We had no idea what we would do. It turned into last minute improvisation as we were about to roll out the door.

Corde’s idea was cute. She dressed in pajamas and wings. Her idea was a dream fairy. It turned into a sleepy fairy as she was always hinting that she was falling asleep.

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Beekee decided he was going to be a pirate again. He’s such a cute pirate! It totally works for him.

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Sander wanted to go as a zombie killer, but he looked more like a pirate too. He was super cute! It was really funny towards the end. You could tell he was tired because he kept falling behind. His bag got so heavy he could barely carry it. He was very excited about that. He dropped right off to sleep when he got home.

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Luca was the hard one to outfit. I couldn’t come up with anything for a while. We had considered making him a zombie, but I didn’t have my makeup. Then it hit me! We made him into a D&D gamer. He had an elf hat and two dice bags. We put his tail on from fairy fest. Most people thought he was a goblin, troll, or gremlin. Everyone thought he was so cute. He loved taking candy from buckets and putting it in his bag. I don’t think he even cared that it was candy. He was filling a bag! That was the coolest thing! It’s fun to watch him enjoy something so simple.

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The kids all crashed hard. They were exhausted. It was a good day. We’re thinking about getting a library membership now. I got two leads on jobs. The kids had fun. Oz got some time to play with the kids outside in the cool fall air. It was fantastic. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday as much as we did!

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Author: Fox

With four kids in the house, who has time for much? Well, we're trying to make it work, trying to get as close to our unschooling roots as we can while state restrictions and family pressures try to stand in our way. Every day is a new adventure.

4 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!

  1. I have wanted to comment for a while but this is more important. I can’t believe a “library” would charge you. That is wrong. Our library charges for overdue books and stuff and it is high priced and they don’t worn you and only give you a week or so with the stuff. But charging for a membership for a library. That is not right. Plus since you already struggle can you ask them for a free one or something. I think the kids and you guys should get in free. By golly it’s a library. Guess I don’t live in a big city yet. So sorry. Again, I would ask to have it bypassed so you don’t have to worry about it. Hope it works out for you.

    • The library charges for out of town residents. We have a town library, but it’s very small with a small selection and very few resources. There are no microscopes and the children’s area has little more than two computers and some books. When we were researching famous magicians and tall tales there was almost nothing. We found one book on Houdini and one book on Davy Crockett, but that was it. You could order books from other libraries, but it took a while. They also didn’t do ebooks. Because of that we’re willing to pay the fee for a non-resident membership to a library network with much better resources. You can borrow from any library in the city with the same card. Since we can’t afford to live in the city, it’s our only real option. It isn’t even a big city, but it’s so much better than our small town library.

      As for charging for library use, I’d prefer pay for a library membership than pay taxes. We don’t own a home yet, but when some day we do I don’t want to be paying for a library I don’t use because I’d rather go to one with better resources. It’s just like I don’t want my tax money to go to the school system I refuse to use. It’s bad enough that we pay for these things through sales tax. Hey, if I didn’t have to pay so much tax on everything from our in store purchases to our phone bill I could afford the library membership and we’d barely be struggling, if we struggled at all!

  2. Ok. I was just concerned for you. I know that my local library system is horrible and we pay outragous taxes already. I wish you luck and I am glad you can pay a small amout and get the benifits.

    • Me too. It’s nice that there is an option as a non-resident, and that the fee is small. At the same time, I miss my library network back home. A library card from one branch allowed you to visit any other in the network at no charge. Books and movies could be returned to any branch. It was fantastic and convenient.

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