Well, Halloween is officially over. All the outside decorations came down in under 2 hours with many trips to the garbage, and some to the garage. Had a good turnout last night--about 140 trick-or-treaters. All of whom had very complimentary things to say about the decorations. Had a few who even said they came specifically just to my house from a ways away. Even got a few teenagers who were a little wary upon entering, because they thought someone/thing was going to jump out at them. Pumpkins went over well, and got to see a lot of reeeeeally cool costumes. My favorite has to be Nikola Tesla, a girl who put silver pipe cleaners all over to simulate lightning, and a wig and mustache. She looked awesome! Wishing I had thought to take a picture!
Getting up and turning on the ocean lights every hour wasn't even all that big a deal--the trick-or-treaters usually came in large groups of 6-10, so there was enough time between groups to head out there with the ladder.
Kept the costume on for most of the night--just took the tentacles off the last hour and a half or so. But got several kids who read the "Beware the Sea Witch" sign and made little worried sounds. They also asked if I was Ursula:)
Well, there will still be TONS of stuff to put away once I get back from my trip, but I'm sooo not going to worry about it. Off to Kauai I go.....