Tonight, I marvelled at how she moved in tandem with her siblings now, co-regulating and coordinating with them without consciously thinking about it. Each house was a little different -- sometimes the homeowner talked to them, sometimes not. I saw flexibility and engagement with the night that a child does not get from rote memorization. She no longer thinks this candy holiday is about performing a memorized routine so that she can be "all done". She no longer bolts ahead of us (which required a helper to tag along and help us hold on to her in past nights). She is as enthralled about the fun night as any other kid.
She was the unofficial coordinator of the evening, counting to three at several houses so she and her siblings could yell "Trick-or-Treat!" together. She was engaged in the night and the people -- I enjoyed watching her as she looked with interest at what she was given as it went into her bag and told the candy-giver an enthusiastic, "thank you!" each time.
She referenced her dad and me and her sibs, too, as we navigated the houses, some of them dark, not participating in our neighborhood fun.
Her brother is coming down with something, and I tried to talk him into heading home after just one street. His sister offered some creative problem solving, telling him that he and I could return home and pass out candy while he rested and Dad could stay out with the girls. ;) She was nowhere NEAR ready to be "done" after just one street! And she came in and dumped her candy like her sibs do -- thank goodness she understands that she can't eat most of it, and she's happy with the candy that she can have on her special diet. (Our sweet next door neighbors gave the kids a halloween cup and a pack of pencils -- the non-food items are really special for a child with allergies!)
Hope your bunch got lots of candy tonight!
PS: I suppose we'll be hearing Christmas music next week -- one of our local radio stations usually begins playing holiday music full time after halloween.