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Life Experiences & Cary-Kildaire Rotary Halloween 2013

Life Experiences & Cary-Kildaire Rotary Halloween 2013

So yesterday was October 31st, also known as Halloween.  Now, I know that there are many different ways to celebrate Halloween, and I also know that there are many people who don’t celebrate Halloween at all. I’m fine with either way, I’m gonna share with you how we (Smith & Smith, CPA & family) spent our last day of October 31st 2013.  The day started around 1pm with the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club 2nd Annual Indoor Trick-or-Treat community project at Life Experiences. 

Tia, Patrick and Elizabeth

Tia, Patrick and Elizabeth

We did this last year for the first time and just had a total blast, so as Club Prez, it was MUST DO again for me this year!  We gathered for lunch at 1pm (no evening meeting at MacGregor Downs) and had a delicious lunch that was provided by the Bakery Department at Life Experiences (sandwiches, chips, pickles and those AMAZING brownies).  The day was a beautiful, so some members ate outside on the patio that our club built years ago.  After lunch, we moved outside for the Halloween Costume Parade!  It was so heart-warming to see of them the Life Experiences clients pass by and we cheered so loud for them! 

Jessica giving out candy from Union Bank

Jessica giving out candy from Union Bank

They looked great!  Right after the parade we had 5 Trick-or-Treat ‘stations’ set-up for them to come by in groups and collect candy & goodies.  I’d like to thank my three sweet friends for joining me, Tia Coppus (Bank of NC), Jessica Register (Union Bank), and Lisa-Gray Vick (Safe Child).  I loved having them there with me and appreciate you all coming dressed in fun costumes!  After this event, Jessica, Lisa-Gray and I headed back to Smith & Smith, CPA to get ready for the Executive Park Learning Center Annual Halloween Parade down Executive Circle.  We’ve been a part of this parade ever since our kids were little and stared attending Executive Park Learning Center.  We take a table over across the street and hand out goodies to the kiddos as they come by.  So sweet to see them all dressed-up!  Thanks to Jessica for coming too with little goodie bags and flyers for Union Bank!  I love getting other local businesses involved in fun (and easy/creative) marketing opportunities like this! 

Sharon, Blake & Bob helping with the EPLC parade

Sharon, Blake & Bob helping with the EPLC parade

Everyone from the office came over to see the kids and take pictures/admire their costumes.  We only have a few years left before Mark goes off to kindergarten…but I have a feeling we’ll always participate in giving treats to the kids. This year I skipped on giving candy and had collected lots of cute little Halloween trinkets, like bouncy balls, spider rings, little notepads, pencils and stickers.  We also gave our our Smith & Smith, CPA rulers.  Last year I ordered a large supply of Halloween trick-or-treat bags with Safety Tips on one side and our firm logo on the other side.  I used those bags several times this week: for the EPLC parade, event at Life Experiences, Trent’s kindergarten class and Cam took some for Connor’s preschool class too!  Hopefully you saw some Smith & Smith, CPA trick-or-treat bags around town last night!

Smith Family Halloween 2013

Smith Family Halloween 2013

And finally we ended the day with a Trick-or-Treat party/cookout over at Bob & Sharon’s house in their Lochmere cul-de-sac.  It was a perfect night for a fire in the fire pits and hotdogs, chili and other snacks.  Lots of family came over and all of the kiddos had fun trick-or-treating together.  Blake and I dressed-up like a chef (quick chef hat made with paper, tape and scissors) and a nice witch ($10 outfit from Rite Aide), Cam and Brooke dressed-up like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and then of course all of the kids were in costume.

Alicia's mom and Ava

Alicia’s mom and Ava

 

Alicia and her mom dressed up and took her youngest daughter, Ava, trick-or-treating in their Cary neighborhood.  I love Alicia’s mom’s costume!!!  Alicia’s other two girls are older and not really the ‘age’ to go around collecting candy anymore.  Ava is a frequent visitor to our CPA firm, we love having a kid-friendly office!  Stop by at anytime and you are bound to see a few kids here.  That’s the best part of working at a family business!  So all in all, it was a very SWEET day spent with SWEET people…and not too SPOOKY at all! 

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