1. We make a pact to let the children have whatever sweets they want this evening and it works well. Bettany has a different lollipop in her mouth every time I see her and Alec keeps asking me what he is eating.
2. Bettany's pleasure in her appearance. She keeps glancing down, patting her dress and smiling.
2a. All the people willing to play along with trick or treating -- and those who showed they enjoyed seeing our children out and about.
2b. Our friend very kindly runs out to find Bettany's missing boot: it had fallen off in the darkest part of the trick or treating circuit.
3. Two cursorily de-sticked children fast asleep by 8.30pm.