Halloween is my favorite time of the year. Why? Because it’s my BIRTHDAY!!! Haha J Since I was a kid I loved everything about it.  I loved scary movies, haunted houses, decorations, dressing up….EVERYTHING!

Now that I have 2 young children my focus is their fun and making sure that they enjoy their day. I would say that the hardest part as a parent is wanting to dress up your kids as one thing, but they want to be something else. I remember last year my daughter and I talked for months about making a Princess Peach (from Super Mario) costume. What did she dress up as?? Rapunzel from tangled.  I can’t even tell you how many posts I pinned on Pinterest regarding Super Mario costumes.  Did I get to use any of those?? NO.

So I know you all want to know how Halloween 2016 went. Well my husband and I were so excited this year we had costumes for the kids before October 1st. We even got them on sale! Skye’s new favorite Disney Channel show is Elena of Avalor, so naturally this is who she wanted to be for Halloween. Boy did she score on a great costume! Because we were looking so early in the season we got to see 5 different options before we found the ultimate Princess Elena dress!!! The costume we found had a skirt that had lights and music that played. Let’s just say that my husband and I were the coolest parents ever! J

My son also had a super costume.  He was  BATMAN! The best part of his little toddler costume is that it came with little muscle padding sewn into it. How corny, but oh so cute!!! It even had a mask complete with bat ears.  He did not keep that on for very long L

PictureHalloween 2016 @ Serramonte Mall
Now on to the day of Halloween…

Skye was extremely excited because they were allowed to wear their costumes to school. She had woken up very very early and ready to put her costume on.  They had a Halloween parade at school which she had lots of fun at.  She also came home with lots of goodies!!!

The night of Halloween was not so fun. California is in desperate need of rain, but Mother Nature decided that she wanted to rain on Halloween night. Major let down. L The forecast of the impeding rain drove all the trick or treaters to the indoor safety of the mall.  Our family went down the street to Serramonte Mall in Daly City.  To say the place was packed would be an ultimate understatement! It looked worse than Black Friday and I am not kidding.

Onto my rant…

If you are going to advertise that your mall is going to have trick or treating from 5-7 PM please make sure that your participating stores do not run out of candy in the first 40 minutes of the time frame! Most of the stores had this annoying sign up stating that they have already run out of candy. Really! It was so disappointing. And one of the stores that “ran out of candy” was TARGET!!! Are you kidding me??? Really Target? I guarantee that you had candy in your store still!!! Trick or treating should not be standing in an extremely long line to get 1 small piece of candy.  It should not be walking through the mall and passing most stores saying sorry no candy.  I think there were less than 10 stores who still had candy or treats to pass out by 6 PM. What a disappointment.

My daughter did not understand why trick or treating was so short this year. Last year we went to an awesome neighborhood that every house decorated and participated.  It was so much fun. However she took it great. She was more excited to get out, show off her dress and see all the other kids.  She was also excited to celebrate my birthday so I think that helped as a distraction.  My 2 year old just had fun running around as BATMAN!

Overall I think I was more disappointed than my children, but I cherish the memories we were able to make on that night.  I also thank God that he blessed me with another year of life and a beautiful Polowaiian family! J

Out of candy sign


Rashaan Austin
11/10/2016 11:59pm

The Halloween adventure sounded like fun! I wish that I could've been there to be with y'all and the kids. I haven't been to Serra Monte in a long while.


That's too bad! If I were there I would've given your two adorable babies a BUCKET FULL of candy. They looked so cute in their costumes. I hope next year's Halloween will not be the same. Let us all hope for the best. Thanks for posting your heart-felt experience and belated happy birthday. Have a nice day!

01/03/2017 6:38am

Jeez! You did celebrate Halloween 2016 with a blast! May I just stay this, your children are extremely adorable. Every year, as early as October, we get to prepare for the upcoming Halloween. It has been a tradition in our town in New Orleans that every household prepares candies for trick or treat. I'm more than joyous to witness the giggling and laughing sounds of the participants of trick or treat. It's a music to my ears. It's your obligation to prepare bunch of candies and expect a tsunami of kids in Halloween!

02/27/2017 9:16pm

Halloween is the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed. Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" implies a "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. Horror stories are in demand in this celebration. But of course, not all of those stories are true, some are just opinion and mythical.

11/26/2016 4:15am

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It was a great Halloween for your family, wasn't it? These photos are amazing.

The Polowaiians
12/13/2016 11:29am

Thank you everyone. Halloween is always fun for our family. I don't even mind that the focus is on the children rather than my birthday. I get so much joy from seeing their happiness.

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Halloween last year went really great for me and my family too. We just had such an amazing time there and it was not comparable to other instances because this time, the party was at our house.

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