Hi guys! Just popping in on this night to wish you and your family a Happy Halloween!With a busy month behind us, our family finally got it together to get to the pumpkin patch yesterday, just before a storm came in! We didn’t venture into the field as we saw it coming, but selected from the pre-cut.I was determined to squeeze all of the festive Halloween fun in before it was too late, so as soon as we came home, we got to work designing out pumpkins. I found a silhouette of a bear online and did my best to draw it with some geometric mountains in the background.The kids each worked to draw their designs so Chris and I could carve them.And we managed to get them outside, light them up, and see how they looked by 8 pm.After the ceremonious lighting, we snuggled up in the living room and watched the Halloween classic, Something Wicked This Way Comes. By the way, this movie is a great elementary/middle school aged Halloween movie… it’s a little dark and scary but not too evil or frightening. My kids both enjoyed it and said it wasn’t as scary as they’d expected.
And of course, tonight we stomped the hood and trick or treated! Actually, we live a little out there, so we drove to a hood to stomp, had a blast door to door, and returned home sugared up and bouncing off the walls. Emmy went with a friend whose mother was kind enough to walk Snowball along with them and I stayed with Gengar/Sawyer.You can read about Emmy’s DIY bumblebee costume here, and if you’re wondering what Sawyer is, he’s a Pokemon character, Gengar. I actually made his hat myself after seeing this one on etsy and using it as inspiration. I just made a simple fleece hat that was pieced together in quarters and sewed the ears and spikes into the seam. It turned out pretty well- well enough that one of his best friends loved it and requested one as well, so they were the Gengar brothers. 😉 We ordered a plain purple hoodie from Amazon to complete the look.
While the kids crashed from their sugar high, I served up crockpot pumpkin turkey chili, and reflected on what might have been one of my favorite Halloweens so far. Kids just make every holiday so special, magical, and thrilling, and to be able to experience that is like nothing else in the world. Tomorrow morning when they are fighting with me about getting out of bed, I am going to reread this paragraph and remind me that the Halloween hangover is worth the joy.
I hope that you and yours had a fantastically sweet Halloween!