Letters to Our Sons: Halloween Edition – November 2013

Dear Cody,

One of your favorite months and time of year has just been wrapped up with you going out trick-or-treating. You have had a blast this month helping decorate for Halloween.Β  We went to KCT’s annual Halloween party. And to Cherokee Caverns for some hauntingly fun cave trick-or-treating.

Halloween 2013

You and Daddy picked out a couple of new Halloween decorations for the house, and you’ve had a ball being creepy in your Grim Reaper costume. And you got to pick out a few pumpkins from the Fruit & Berry Patch.

Cody in Pumpkin Patch
You couldn’t pick just one, and ended up with three, plus two little tiny ones.
My Grim Reaper 1
Ah, my sweet Grim Reaper!
Ready for Halloween Party
Going to the annual KCT Halloween party. I am some kind of Vampiress. I had some fangs, but they just weren’t working.
What are you doing, Cody 1
Seriously, I don’t know what you were doing… but it’s things like this that happen when you and your Dad have “guy time. πŸ˜‰
Cody with cousins at Caverns
Trick-or-Treating with 2 of your 3 cousins at Cherokee Caverns

Besides all the spooky, creepy, fun this month, you got your first report card with all A’s. Congratulations on working so hard this first 9-weeks. You are such a smart boy. We also saw “Mulan” at Knoxville Children’s Theatre and it was amazing. A great show put on by a talented group of kids. And you can’t wait to see “Mousetrap”, soon.

Greg and Cody in Balloon 1
Technically this photo works since you both enjoyed scaring me while we were 400+ feet in the air.

We got to go to the Hollywood Wax Museum and Wonder Works in Pigeon Forge over Fall break. I think the highlight for you, though, was laughing at your mommy when we were in the Helium balloon 400+ feet above Pigeon Forge. But my day will come, young man.Β  LOL.

And as usual, you and your daddy spent a lot of “guy” time. He loves picking you up from school and hanging out with you at least 2-3 times a week.

You also got a haircut this month. The first one in awhile. It makes you look older (which makes me a wee bit sad), but you look so handsome. I love your hair long or short, though.

Haircut 2013
Okay, you do have a zombie shirt on. LOL! Seriously, I had to include a photo showing your new haircut since it had been over 6 months since you’d had one. πŸ™‚
Long hair or Short hair milkshake pic
For the same reason as the photo above this one. πŸ™‚

It seemed like October just flew by… I know you’re excited about November – some big things going on this coming month. I’ll talk about it in my next letter to you.

Keep up the good work, my sweet boy, and know that we are incredibly proud of you.

Happy Halloween! I love you with all my heart!


These monthly letters to our sons and photographs are a part of a circle. We will be publishing our letters on the first Fridays of every month. So please follow and check out the circle continuing with myΒ friend, Alison at Being Alison.


  1. I love the costumes! Sadly, my family didn’t get to go trick-or-treating, because it had been raining off and on throughout the day. To top it off, there were tornado warnings! The funny thing is, it seems like it rains EVERY Halloween here. πŸ™‚

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      We were afraid we were going to get rained out, but it held off until around 11pm last night. And it was VERY windy all night. So sorry your kiddos didn’t get to go trick-or-treating. πŸ™

  2. Lovely Halloween post. And I completely agree on the milkshake front! πŸ™‚

  3. I must say you make a stunning vampire!! And loooove the Grim Reaper costume! Looks like you guys had a great Halloween Time of the year! πŸ™‚

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      Ah, thanks, Alison! He loved being the Grim Reaper because he could be incognito. πŸ™‚ He wouldn’t talk or talked with a deep, growly voice so that he could make people/kids try to guess who he was. πŸ™‚

  4. I love your decorations and the costumes! This is a fun idea to remind your family what was happening now. πŸ™‚

  5. The costumes and decorations look great. I love that you write these letters to preserve the memories.

  6. Great pictures, Donna – looks like you’ve all been having a ball πŸ™‚

  7. I love this series! One day your soon is going to look back on these letters and they are going to mean so much to him!

  8. These photos are FABULOUS! He is so handsome with that haircut, he really does look grown up (doesn’t that make you sad? My sons look older too when I cut their hair and i want to cry!)

  9. You had an amazing month! I love all the pictures! My son is thirteen and doesn’t spend as much time with us as he used too.

  10. Cave trick-or-treating? Sounds amazing!

  11. Looks like a great Halloween. We didn’t do much, by the time my daughter finished her therapy the weather wasn’t so hot.

  12. What fun pictures! That scary head kinda creeped me out when I first saw it…lol.

  13. Looks like you all had a fun and busy October. He looks great with his new haircut too!

  14. What a cute idea to write letters like this! I write in a journal to my son, but the pictures really add a lot! He will really enjoy this when he gets older, I’m sure!

  15. All A’s woo hoo! I agree I love Halloween.

  16. I just have to say that as soon as your blog loaded for me, my eyes immediately went to that creepy head. Now it’s going to be etched in my mind while I sleep at night. I’m such a baby, lol.

  17. Huge congrats to him on such a great report card! Keep up the great work! &I’m so glad it looks like you guys had a great Halloween!

  18. How sweet I love the letters idea to your kiddo!! Looks like you are making some wonderful memories for him to look back on!!! By the way Love your costume!!!

  19. October was certainly a fun month for both you and your son!

  20. I just adore the costumes – October went way too quick. πŸ™

  21. Wow, I wish that my mother had done something like this when we were growing up! Do you print the letters and pics to put in an albumn? Looks like you all had a fantastic month!

  22. I love your letters- I should have started these for my daughter.

  23. It looks and sounds like you all had such an amazing month!

  24. His costume is super cool and I just love that spooky Halloween head decoration he picked out. It looks a little like Christopher Lloyd!

  25. Aww it looks like y’all had a great Halloween.

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