| Oct 2014
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This dad FINALLY gets to celebrate Halloween (and he’s doing it in a MOOSE costume)

Post from Penn:

I can’t tell you how psyched I am about Halloween this year.  Not because of the near perfect weather, the chance to check in with neighbors, the fun block parties, or the increasingly skimpy adult female  costumes (whoever is responsible for this trend deserves a medal, in my opinion – Kim begs to differ).

It’s because for the first time in my life, I get to go trick or treating with my kids.

As a former local news anchor, Halloween always happens at the start of a period called “November Sweeps.”  You CAN’T take time off from work, and at my station I was at the anchor desk until about 8:00pm. I’d rush to my neighborhood (well, not “rush” – there are like a billion kids stumbling through the street like drunken sailors) and find my kids, and see them knock on two doors before they crash from the impending sugar coma.  Not enough time.

So this year I am making up for lost time.  I am picking the kids up from class and we are getting dressed immediately. I am taking enough pictures to fill up a NORAD server.  I am toasting pumpklin seeds.  I am setting up an adult margarita station in my driveway for pregame.
Oh, and I am wearing exactly what my kids want me to wear.  But that’s the rule now, anyway, right?
Sure, I love the ironic, irreverant, borderline insensitive costume. This year it’ll be the Ebola Hazmat suit, Breaking Bad Guy, or “Zombie Anyone Famous who Died This Year”.  But those are for adult parties.
Which means this year, there will be 6,238,549 families dressed in Frozen costumes this coming week.
Don’t believe me? Check out Google’s costume predictor for most used outfits this year!
1. Elsa
2. Olaf
5. Anna
I mean, the movie came out LAST YEAR!
Granted, this will probably be the last big cash influx of the Frozen Empire, but we are contributing, once again.  There was never any doubt.  In JANUARY, Lola and Penn Charles came into the kitchen and assigned the costumes.  She’s Elsa, he’s Olaf, Kim’s Anna, I am the Moose, or Reindeer, or whatever.  Discussion over.
But how fun is it to dress up as a family in the same theme? I love the “Team Halloween” concept. Sure, the costumes invariably look ridiculous on the grown-ups, but the kids LOVE it, and the parents can get in on the action as well, instead of skulking at the edge of the lawn, awkwardly waving and waiting for the kids to run back to them.  We are allowed to have fun, too, right?
We hope you enjoy our Halloween Video. We had a blast making fools of ourselves, once again.
And send us pictures of your family’s “team costumes”.  We’ll post em in our next blog!
  • http://candiedchristine.wordpress.com candiedchristine

    So you’re going to be Sven? 😉 So excited for this! Our family are team Halloween participants as well. We’ve been taken over by Despecible Me 2 so hubs & I are Gru & Lucy respectively while our minions will be, well, minions. 🙂

  • erin

    thank you for making my friday! cheers!

  • Aimee

    I LOVE your videos! I am at the DR’s office wondering how appropriate it would be to crank up the video in the waiting room!! Can’t wait to see it!!

  • LCally

    Superb…love the videos! But skip the margaritas! APPLE CIDER AND STOLI SALTED CARAMEL!!!

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  • http://winningshots.wordpress.com Marissa Othón

    Another great video! And re: the allergy bit, check out the teal pumpkin project!

  • Chris Lilly

    I like that the Pennterest wreath made the video.

  • Melissa Curran

    Love it! thanks for mentioning food allergies! Check out the Teal Pumpkin Project for leaving safe non-food alternatives for kids with food allergies. Love that you are helping raise awareness!

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  • Emily Kate

    Hahahha i really love the video you the way how you go with your kids and have some trick or treats in the street. Well yahh i guess its now a change for the new type of halloween celebration actually as i read http://www.exploretalent.com/articles/a-glimpse-how-the-world-celebrates-halloween/ the different type of celebrating their halloweens i was really amaze. And this article specially the video is another thing. Big Thumbs UP. You guys how do you celebrate your Halloweens?

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The Holderness family has been dancing in pajamas and singing during snow days for years — but last year they hit the record button on the camera and published their goofy video on YouTube. Penn, Kim, Lola, and Penn Charles continue to make hilarious videos around tent-pole events and circumstances most families face.