Tag Archives: Halloween

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

I took Shecklet #4 to the office to trick or treat and say hi to Papa. After that stop, we headed to the house to see Nana.

Three of the Shecklets wanted to go trick-or-treating this year. #2 decided to stay home, hand out candy, and count kids. It was a drizzly night, but everyone had fun. Shecklet #4 asked when she could go again ūüéÉ

All Saints Party

All Saints Party

We opted to try something different on October 31st this year. ¬†Our new parish holds an All Saints party with a hot dog dinner, games for the kids, entertainment (this year it was a juggler) and the option to also bring home candy. ¬†With temperatures dipping low, the added bonus of the event being indoors was great. ¬†We had two shepherds, St. Gianna (a doctor) and a monkey from Noah’s ark. ¬†The kids had a lot of fun and Shecklet #3 was also an assistant for one of the juggler’s tricks.

2014 - 10 October 31 - All Saint's Party costumes

2014 - 10 October 31 - All Saint's Party costumes1

2014 - 10 October 31 - All Saint's Party costumes2

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

The 3 older Littles love playing with the dress up clothes/costumes in our basement. ¬†It’s not surprising then, that the idea of collecting candy just for dressing up is sheer brilliance in their minds. ¬†I’m pretty sure that the level of excitement doesn’t stem from the possibility of eating everything they bring home. ¬†They purely enjoy dressing up, greeting the neighbors, collecting, combining, and then sorting what they were so generously given.

This year, our Littles went as a mummy, baby dragon, cowgirl and a gnome. ¬†It was so much fun seeing Little #2 wear the mummy costume that Uncle Tony wore as a kid. ¬†Little #4, the dragon, was the third Shecklet to don the warm, fuzzy, green outfit. (Little #3 was too little her first Halloween and too big her second.) ¬†We put a pink bow on her head to make her a “girl dragon.” ¬†Our cowgirl was a superhero with her pink mask, and our garden gnome was grinning from ear to ear, but you couldn’t quite see it through his long, white beard.

three dragons

Trick-or-treating began after school when we stopped by “the loft” to visit Papa, Mr. Eric and Uncle Tony. ¬†Auntie Kristin also came by and brought the kids a treat. ¬†From there, we went to Nana & Papa’s house to run up the front sidewalk and ring the doorbell. ¬†After a few group photos and adding non-edible treats to their buckets/bags, we loaded back up and drove home to get ready for round three in our neighborhood.

Two of our friends joined us for the fun. ¬†The guys walked the kids door-to-door and the ladies took turns holding Little #4. ¬†Little #3 joined us back home after making it around most of our block. ¬†From what I was told, the boys made mad dashes between houses as they went around the rest of the neighborhood. ¬†It was cool and slightly misty out tonight, so I’m sure running helped keep them at least a little warm.

Upon their return, Little #1 & Little #2 dumped their candy into one pile. ¬†Little #3 didn’t want to be left out, so she added hers to the mix. ¬†Then, being the organizers that they are, they set to work on sorting the candy by type. ¬†Who knew that Halloween could double as math exercise?

Halloween 2013

We ended our nightly prayers by praying for the people who handed out candy tonight.  It was a great way to talk to the Littles about what generosity means and how we can in turn be generous to others Рand not just when it comes to candy.  I love to see their little hearts so open to such a concept.

Carving pumpkins

Carving pumpkins

We have four kids. ¬†That means we “had” to buy four pumpkins. ¬†Based on previous years’ experiences, I had a feeling there would be much excitement prior to carving pumpkins, but not as much when it came to actually cleaning out the pumpkin guts. ¬†I was correct…times four. ¬†*Sigh*

But like any committed mom, I took the silver serving spoon and scraped the pumpkin insides bare and dumped out the orange seedy contents onto the baking sheet on the table…times four.

Then I attempted to follow the drawn on lines of the pumpkin faces…times four.

After just over an hour, we had jack-o-lanterns for the Littles…times four.

And they couldn’t be happier…times four.

Carving pumpkins

 

P.S. you’ll see Little #4’s pumpkin has two bottom teeth just like her ūüôā

Fall trip to the orchard

Fall trip to the orchard

We took a trip to Jake’s parents’ house today and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather! ¬†The kids got to trick-or-treat at Grandma and Grandpa’s house and then we headed to the apple orchard where my mother-in-law works ever fall. ¬†The older three Littles loved checking out the animals, climbing the hay bales, playing on the wooden train, going for a tractor ride and navigating the corn maze. ¬†Little #4 wasn’t very enthralled with taking group photos with her siblings, but we tried.

Apple orchard