Wednesday, November 19, 2014

All Things Halloween

Well, you've heard about the costumes, so let's now see all the opportunities we had to wear it shall we?! Halloween is not just about the 31st anymore, we had lots and lots of pre-Halloween parties and events this year. Which is fun. Really, if I am to be honest, I would rather just celebrate Fall instead of Halloween. It's just such a bizarre holiday really. I am not a fan of all the candy (which we eat for a while and once the tootsie rolls become hard as rocks, I just trash it all anyway). I am not a fan of the scary and skanky parts of Halloween. However, I love pumpkins, and decorations and dressing up. That part is super fun to me. And Peyton just loved all things Halloween this year, even the spooky parts. Though she did wake up in the night due to ghost dreams. And the Curious George special about the scarecrow "N0-Noggin" that knocked peoples hats off, was more scary for her than I thought it would/should be--- she still wanted to watch it daily. So, after all this babbling, I will sum up my thoughts with a consensus of 'we had a lot of fun'.

Preparing for the big day we did some crafts and decorated the house. Here's Peyt showing off her spider hands.

I mentioned it earlier, but we try to go on our little around the block stroll at night. With it getting dark so early it is a little harder. But, one of our neighbors decorated their house and my girls were obsessed. They are so cute walking hand in hand at night. Usually the whole walk they pretend they are Elsa and Ana.

I wish I would have taken a close up shot of our jug-o-lanterns. Especially the ones Peyton decorated herself. They were so cute. We added to our collection when we finished off a gallon.

Our first real event was a little gathering with some of our new friends who live by us. We just love our ward and have already made some stellar friends! This night of course was filled with fun, games, and lots of laughter.

And we know we've had a steady decline in the costume department and that's okay by us. It was a lot of work and pressure in the past, you have no idea. We whipped up these little diddys at the last minute... and were 20 minutes late to the party trying to finish up. Confession: the party started at 6:30 we started making these at 6:15 (bought the stuff earlier that day). Best part about the night was that my kids slept over at my parents, so we came home went to bed and woke up late then had a nice relaxing/lazy morning.  Oh and in case you don't know what we are, we are characters from the old game "Guess Who". Maria and Richard to be exact.

Then came the trunk or treat parties at the church. We of course went to ours, which was held at a members house. They have a HUGE piece of land they farm on. So the kids played all over their playground, the adults put on some fun carnival games on the yard, they had a huge hayride that went all over the hills, and then trick or treating around the house and yard. It was awesome. I am so mad at myself for not getting more pictures. I was helping with a booth or eating while the kids played.

We also met up with the Broberg's and part of the Hamilton clan at my parent's ward party. They too had a few games, and food and of course a trunk or treat.

Finally the big day arrived. We did our annual chili and hotdogs at Danny and Sarah's house and then trick-or-treated the neighborhood. They have an awesome area and the people around there go all out. Like that is such an understatement. I mean they go really REALLY all out. It is a lot of fun to have a new tradition with my family since like I said Halloween is kinda lame, at least we spend time together. I loved chatting on the driveway with a fire blazing as sweet Peyton passed out candy once we were done. And both of my girls loved trick-or-treating and did so well. Jovie as always was quite the character and got a lot of attention everywhere we went. She was also much slower than the rest of our group.

It was really a very Happy Halloween!

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