Our Happy Halloween

Wow, it has taken me so long to get this posted, but it's so packed with pictures and fun events so you have to excuse me for my tardiness of the post.

Oh my goodness.  I had no idea that when I had kids that eventually every holiday that you already love, would be drawn out even more.  I have to say.  I'm totally enjoying every part of it.  The kids are getting more and more excited.  I'm sitting here reminiscing about the fun we've had over the past couple of weeks.  It's been a whirlwind of pumpkin patches, decorating, carving, painting, parties, parades, costumes, trick-r-treating and of course candy.

The celebrations all started with a little decorating at the house.  While we did a tiny bit of decorating inside, the outside is where we really focused on.

I love how cute it all looked. I'm a scarecrow fanatic by the way.  The scare crows will stay out after Thanksgiving while I'm getting ready to put up the Halloween decorations now.

Ben had a field trip to the pumpkin patch.  It was his first ever field trip and I got to go along.  I was so excited to share this experience with him.

It was really fun and he got a cute little pumpkin.

That weekend, we went to the Maple Leaf Festival.  We watched the parade, walked through the vender's tents, and played on Baker University's campus.

One of my favorite parts of Halloween is going to the pumpkin patch as a family.

We had such a good time.  After the pumpkin patch Julie baked brownies and gave the kids frosting and sprinkles so they could decorate their own.

The kids LOVED this, so this is maybe something that we will be doing again for Christmas too.

Carving pumpkins is always exciting but this year the big kids were very specific as to what they wanted for their pumpkins and Rylie's.  It was really cute but a lot of work for Shawn and I.

Of course we baked some pumpkin seeds.

The finished product did turn out pretty cool.

Ben's pumpkin was Batman.

Sydney's pumpkin was LaLaLoopsy.

Rylie's pumpkin was a zombie cat.

Now that the kids are getting older, we can start watching "scary" Halloween movies.  We watched things like Hocus Pocus (which became Ben's favorite) and Monster House.  Monster House was a little scary to the kids at first, but they love it now.

The Friday before Halloween, Shawn's work had a Family Halloween Party.  The kids got to wear their costumes, which they LOVED.

At the party, there was lots of yummy food, a bouncy house, a haunted house, games, a photo booth, lots of candy, and bunches of kids.  One of Ben's classmates was even there.

Saturday night, we went to a friend's house for another Halloween party.  It was hilarious because Shawn dressed up as the host of the party.  Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures.

The day before Halloween, Ben's school had a Halloween party that started with a parade.  It was really cute to see all the kids in their costumes.  Some were really creative!

That night, we read several Halloween stories before bed.

On Halloween day, we painted some pumpkins.  That was a fun and cute experience.  I think we'll do it again next year.

Halloween is also little Langston's birthday.  We went to her birthday party and of course we ate chili for dinner, which is a tradition in our family.

Then we were ready to go trick-r-treating!

I think they did a pretty good job.  Look at all the candy!

After trick-r-treating but before bed, the kids brushed their teeth and snuggled up to watch The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  After all it's not Halloween without Charlie Brown.

Hope everyone else had a wonderful Halloween.  I know that we did.  I always think of Halloween as the kick off to the holiday season.


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