We were invited to attend a harvest festival/Halloween celebration at a nearby local church by Dominick's family. It was a very well-planned, well-staffed party with plenty to do and see. It was great. We tried knocking on the doors of brightly-painted cardboard houses, and children inside would emerge to give Erik candy. Erik was largely uninterested in the candy or activities and didn't say a single word the whole time we were there, but he didn't cry, either. He insisted we hold him while we were there and did seem to enjoy watching the other children from the safety of our arms. After making our rounds there, we went back to our friends' house (through the quiet door), ordered pizza, and made cocktails while trick-or-treaters made their way through the most impressive Halloween display I have ever set eyes on, including a talking head in a ball, a glowing witch half-buried in the ground, and an illuminated skeleton in a tree. I love watching what having children has done to my friends! After Baby Cecilia went down for the night, Erik was instantly more interactive with everyone, including Dominick, and we enjoyed dinner together. When it was time to go, we went out the noisy way to admire the decorations, and Erik did just fine, although we were warned to avoid one witch in particular that was reportedly endowed with a few extra decibels than the rest.
All in all, it was a very good night.