My motion picture had us dressed up as a family as the characters from Despicable Me with Trent as Gru and the rest of us as Minions. I pitched that to the kids and they ALL vetoed it. Jack didn't want to dress up. Sam wanted to wear his Ninja costume from last year (score 2 points for getting my money's worth out of that one), and Ruthie wanted to be a Dalmatian (bonus point for knowing a friend with such a costume).
Sam ended up coming down with a virus last Sunday and ran 103 degree fevers until yesterday! So it was a good thing his Ninja costume had a mask. We sat him in a chair behind his dad who was handing out candy at the trunk or treat. He was super bummed he didn't get to participate.
And well Ruthie took it all in. She mastered the mechanical bull right after my stepmother showed her how it was done. I would post that picture but I might lose my invitation to Thanksgiving if it got out. :)
Fevers, dalmatians, and mechanical bulls were not part of my original script for the evening but certainly added to drama of the Halloween motion picture.