This year marked the first time in probably 17+ years that I spent Halloween night trick-or-treating from house to house, and it reminded me so much of how things have changed since I was a kid. During my elementary to early middle school years, we lived in a small town in Missouri, in a neighborhood with schools at every corner and kids at nearly every house. We didn’t think twice about going out on our own or staying out after dark with our friends and had a blast going door to door collecting candy and staying up all night trading that candy and playing scary games with friends. I loved those times, and it wasn’t because we were celebrating anything in particular, it was just an opportunity to be different, get dressed up and eat tons of terrible, terrible, amazing candy. Our daughter Avery is now old enough to be able to walk around with us and her cousins so we dressed her up as a cowgirl (to match her cowboy cousin Jacob) and pranced her around the neighborhood so everyone could tell us how completely adorable she was….I mean so she could enjoy Halloween like we used to as kids! She had a blast (Jacob doubled up on candy thanks to her, so he loved it too of course), and we were able to get some pretty good photos out of it as well. It’s funny how even though we’ve gotten older and the reason for our joy is different, it still brings back those nostalgic feelings that make me wish I were still a kid!
As for the photos, I have yet to purchase a good flash which made it quite difficult to get any kind of decent photos after dark, but was equipped with my Canon 60D and 50mm 1.8 lens. It was a good test moving from inside to outside, light to dark, kids running around everywhere, neon lights and all kinds of other variables that allowed me to practice taking a wide variety of shots on the fly with a prime lens. The last group of photos with the graves and ridiculously overly decorated house (pretty much the only house that decorated at all on our block) was a fun challenge since it was taken after dark with no flash but I was happy with how they came out. Avery probably would have sat there all night staring at all the bright lights and dancing to the music. I would say the first Halloween was a success with pictures to remember it by, and Avery seemed to have a blast as did we. Can’t wait until next year!