We ventured downstairs at a more humane hour later on to check the trap. But guess what? No leprechaun. :( He had somehow magicked the ladder that was on the outside into the trap to get out. He left some green M&M crumbs around, but otherwise seemed to enjoy the treats without any consequence.
He also left us this note:
...along with 4 gold-wrapped Rolos.
Upon further inspection the house, Ian discovered that he had peed green in our toilet (and used a kitchen chair to reach, apparently). Ian flushed for him.
He moved Chase's door onto the treadmill, and stopped to have a drink of green water and build a cup tower on the table. He even had to stack a bunch of books on the chair to get that high.
There was also a pile of pillows under the landing upstairs...perhaps he was jumping from the second floor onto them...?
Also, Lucky put our box of Apple Jacks into the fridge, put pillows at the end of the slide, and moved the roll-around dinsaur in front of the stairs. He also left little shamrock stickers everywhere; on the door (where he snuck in, I suppose), and on the boys' booster seats at the table!
Ian was so freaking funny hunting for everything. He even attributed things to leprechaun mischief that were just evidence of us not cleaning up very well, ever.
Oh, and I sent Chase to school with his shamrock sticker still on his forehead. Was that bad? I should have taken a picture, but he was out the door for school so fast this morning that I didn't have time. Maybe it will still be there when I pick him up...
Also, I have to admit that I am really not this creative. Family Fun magazine has a lot of really cute ideas!!!