Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween

We went to Ben's school today to enjoy the Halloween festivities and then into Saranac Lake for the all-important hunting/gathering of sugary foodstuffs...


Here's Ben facing off with his friend Joseph, both of them ninjas...Ben was a flame-ninja, and Joseph was a shadow-ninja...


The entire Kindergarten class was very excited, about Halloween and costumes and having parents around...


They eventually lined up outside to prepare for the World Famous Lake Clear Elementary Halloween Parade...


The entire school, all 50-something student (K-3), parade around the field, showing off their costumes while frenzied parents record each step with video and still cameras...Ben is the second to last kid in the line, just in front of his friend David, who was dressed as a power-ranger...


Here you can see Ben (flame-ninja walking next to the grown-up, his teacher, Mrs. Peterson), just in front of David, and behind a walk-on princess, who is the sister of one of Ben's classmates...


There were numerous walk-ons in the parade, mostly younger relatives of students at Lake Clear Elementary School, including the stylish (and very short, he's not just far away) pirate, who completed laps along with the other kids in the parade, just a bit faster, so he was never walking with the same kids for long...


After the parade, we went back into the school and the kids sang some seasonal songs for us before gorging lightly on some Halloween goodies...


The next stop on the Benjamin-Gibson-Sheffield-Halloween-Fun-Express was the village of Saranac Lake, which closes off the streets in town every Halloween, so that people can go trick-or-treating all through the town without worrying about getting trick-or-trucked...although it may look like a cloud of pure evil hanging over Ben's shoulder, it's actually his mother in an ultra creepy costume...

Ben gets to see and hang out with all of his friends...all of the local businesses love having the kids (and their parents) stop by...we avoid the drive-stravaganza that the excessively rural nature of Upstate New York makes trick-or-treating from house to house...


Ben started out shy and scared and intimidated by the people and the practices of Halloween in town, but he soon warmed up to the routine, and had a fun time filling his booty-bag...


We ran into lots of friends and acquaintances while cruising around town, including Joseph and his little brother Benjamin...

We got home with as much candy as we could carry, ate too much before our supper, and all have pleasantly aching bellies...Halloween is a great holiday, but I'm thankful it just comes around once a year...

1 comment:

Gran said...

Thank you for sharing this exciting event and giving a chance to see Ben's school and the village of Saranac Lake....what wonderful memories to collect.