This year we were surprised to discover that our new ward wasn't having a Halloween anything, but we found some fun activities to enjoy regardless. We started a week before by checking out the Pumpkin Parade at the Riverwoods. It was great to debut our complete costumes and The Wife's workmanship of them. They turned out just great! That shirt design she came up with was just perfect, and I felt like I was a kid again when I put on that finished cloak and swished it all around the house.
|Princess Leia was kind enough to put down her little Stormtrooper or whatever and take this picture for us at Blickenstaff's.|
|Right on, Cap. Right on.|
|I just love how he's looking at me, I was just trying to get him to look at the camera, ha. He's probably still wondering where The Beard went.|
(Also, a word about this event, and the holiday this year in general -- I was pleasantly surprised at the unexpected balance in ratio of Annas to Elsas. That is all.)
Then we tried out a couple different hayride/carnival/pumpkin patches. Hee Haw Farms was fun (not free), though the hayride was... so-so. The animals were a big hit and we were glad to be treated to a free pony ride by a departing family who wasn't going to use their ticket, but the biggest hit of all was the Corn Box (like a sandbox, but with corn instead). Yes, best thing ever. I mean, it still gets everywhere, and you might find remnants hours later in pockets and diapers, but it's still tidier than sand, and I think more fun.
|So many kids! Lawlawlawl.|
|Yes corn yes.|
|There's that generally concerned expression!|
|Oh mah peeps.|
Then we carved pumpkins, and I'm telling you, I think we're going to do this thing on Halloween Eve from now on. They have hardly any time to go bad and they look just perfect on the big day. Of course, in future Halloweens with older kid(s), there will be interest in doing them before then, but while we may we shall make traditions how we like them!
|I did the dirty work.|
|The Boy did the dirtier work (which he took quite seriously).|
|Well, I tried. It's just as well you can't really see him, he was so done and ready for bed at this point.|
|Something old, something new.|
|Oh man, the gesture. Great usage of the raked-but-not-yet-bagged leaves.|
|What's over there?? Isengard? Are they taking the Hobbits there?|
|The Wife's costumes were fashionable AND functional. I don't suppose you see anything in this picture but a blank stretch of lawn and a front porch.|
|The Wife is Barad-Dur and The Poppy is evidently The Eye. Scary costume, baby!|
|Now and then the old phone takes a pretty good picture actually.|