Anna, proud of her design, and showing off the finished product. She gave the pumpkin a kiss right after this was taken. Sweet.
We almost didn't carve a pumpkin this year, but changed our minds at the last minute. I'm so glad we did. The kids LOVED it! Anna got out her magna-doodle and tried out a couple different carving options before settling on a more classic look. (She drew it on the pumpkin herself...which is why it's a bit crooked, but I love it even more because Anna did it herself.) Benjamin even got in on the action, and we discovered he is a little scared of jack-o-lanterns. I like the first picture - Anna pretending to feed Ethan the pumpkin guts, and Ethan pretending to throw them up. Nice. It's been fun lighting our jack-o-lantern every night since then...spooky!
Dressing Up for the Church Trunk-or-Treat Party:
Anna came up with this costume all on her own. When I asked her if she wanted to be a lady-bug for Halloween (because we already have the costume), she said, "No. I want to be a princess." Not wanting to have to buy a costume, I asked her what she would wear. And she came up with the above. (Red is her favorite color right now.) This is her "fancy" Christmas dress from last year, and a super hero cape my mom made her earlier this year - combined to make an Anastasia type princess. We already had all the accessories too - Yay! Benjamin's pirate costume was stuff we already had too - Yippee! His stripe-y shirt was a little too short, and it reminded me of Mr. Smee from Peter Pan, always having to pull it down. hehe.
Anna - spinning and showing off her bling. Benjamin - "But mom, I don't wanna be a pirate! Waaaaahhhhh!!!" What a sad, little face! I think Ben-Ben just needed a little time getting used to the clip-on earring, the anchor tattoo and facial hair, and the bandanna. It was all a bit much for him. Once we gave him his toy sword, he was okay again. The last two pictures show my lame attempt at "dressing up."
My parents were in town for the weekend - an added bit of fun and specialness for everyone. Benjamin kept stealing my dad's clown nose, poor grandpa. The last two pictures show some of the other kiddos at the church party. (The piggy's brother - house of straw piggy- was in the bathroom during this picture, and Anna was excited to see Bailey in a matching princess crown.) It was raining so we had to do the trunk-or-treating in the church, but the kids still had fun.
Checkin' Out The Goods:
Between our play group, the church Halloween party, and trick-or-treating on the 31st, we had tons o' candy! Way too much candy. (Thank goodness my mom and Ethan ate so much of it during our euchre game. hehe.) The first picture shows candy flying through the air. Ethan kept throwing it to rain down on all of us. Anna and Ben-Ben picked out a couple pieces to eat that night, and the rest we have put away to dole out over the next few...months. I must clarify the last picture: I'm pushing the candy back into a big pile, as opposed to stealing my kiddie's treats.
This year was Ben's first true experience trick-or-treating (not being pushed around in the stroller). He got into it, and it was so adorable. At the door Ben-Ben would say, "Tih-ta-tee" and then, "Peeeeeee! Peeeeeee!" (For please.) He was desperately trying to keep all the candy in his little hands, because he was just positive that putting it in the bucket meant that daddy got it. hehe.
A Little Preview:
Note - These are the costumes my kids are going to wear next year for Halloween. We went to our play group Halloween party on Thursday, and I was in a rush, so I threw these easier costumes on them. It was just an hour long play group, so I don't count them as having officially dressed up in these costumes. Not that there is anything wrong with wearing a costume more than once. My mom actually got the costumes above at a yard sale two summers ago. We're getting plenty of use out of them (Anna was a pumpkin last year). So you will see the kids in these one year from now, sorry to ruin the surprise. I love the picture of Anna and Ben-Ben eating snacks. Anna is taking a huge bite of her pumpkin shaped rice krispy treat, and Benjamin is so into it, he's eating part of his costume. Ha.