I LOVE FALL. Love the leaves, the festivities....corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and apple orchards. Really, I don't think I could ever live somewhere that didn't have Autumn festivities.
Last year Julian was very aware and interested in all the decorations but this year he was SO into it! I made the mistake of bringing he and Dash to Party City with me to choose decorations but the mature decorations were too intense for my little guys. I went back without them to choose G-rated decorations and the boys LOVED helping us hang up the pumpkins, ghosts, and of course, silhouettes. We totally flaked on making jack-o-lanterns this year...oops. Does that make this Halloween incomplete?
We went to a Halloween party last weekend at a friend's house and while Dash was okay wearing his lion hand-me-down costume, Julian wasn't big on wearing the actual costume but just the pirate hat. He loved seeing all the costumes but I think he was still a little confused with them. Dash didn't seem phased at all seeing all the different costumes but after that party he has refused to wear the costume until trick or treating tonight.
This past weekend was supposed to be a weekend of festivities but we were snowed out on saturday. Here is a picture of grandma's car with the slushy stuff. It wasn't enough to impact traffic or anything but it definitely bumped the outdoor plans we had for that day. We thought about going to the Air & Scare at the Air & Space Museum but apparently everyone had a similar idea because there was a line to PARK it was so busy. Glad we didn't end up going.
So instead of battling with the crowds we stayed inside, made play-doh zombies coming out of the ground (table) and had fun with costumes.
Last night we attended the Holistic Moms Network Annual Halloween Party and despite the cold and arriving very late to the event, it was a lot of fun! We arrived too late for the pumpkin decorating and bobbing for apples, but we did enjoy the yummy food and company nonetheless. Plus I got to hold a 2-week old baby so it was great night.
I also love that with little ones they get plenty of opportunities to wear costumes between parties, class celebrations, and the actual night of Halloween. Julian changed his mind constantly about what to be - witch, knight, pirate - and eventually settled on being a vampire because he wanted to wear my cape (I was a vampire at the party last weekend). We went to my mother's for dinner and trick or treating since her neighborhood has a ton of little kids and the houses are closer together. Plus, I knew that my brother and mom wanted to celebrate with the boys, too, so it was a fabulous night.
Truly, tonight was one of those nights that I dreamed about when I had children of my own. The boys were so excited about going door to door, they were polite, didn't take too much, and they loved seeing all the decorations. They each got to eat one candy when we got back to my mom's (M&M's and a mini-Snickers) and they surprisingly stayed awake for the drive home. It was such a dream of a night and I am so grateful to have my family to celebrate with us.
|Julian's billowing cape|
|About to knock...|
|Getting their loot!|