Halloween – 2020

“Is he made out of house or is the house made out of him?” – Eve

I put the cats in charge of handing out candy this year! I think we got about a dozen trick-or-treaters.

Nico DiAngelo

She figured out a great way to carve windows into her pumpkin house.

My pumpkin. Lex opted not to do one this year.

Eve found a great use for the random body parts that came with Laurens. 💀

I’m posting from my phone where editing is more tricky, so sorry for the photos in reverse order.

Halloween Covid style means trick-or-treating in masks (or not at all), and goodies left on table outside. Basically it’s just walking around in the dark collecting free candy from the street. A child’s dream come true! 😂

Eve went out with her friend and then spent the night. I made a few goodie packages and left them on the porch. Lex played Minecraft. A good time was had by all. 😂🎃

Weekend Update

I know it’s only Saturday night, but I’m in the mood for a weekend update. :)

I came home from school Friday afternoon and found that Eve had decorated for Halloween. It made me SUPER happy to see the ghosties on the tree when came down our street. 🧡🖤

This baby tree is doing a great job holding up the bats and ghosties.

The porch lights were one.

When she started decorating the dog I knew it was time for a new activity. :)

I spent today cleaning the windows, cleaning the kitchen, and making two apple pies (one for the freezer), all while listening to an audio book. Then we ended the day with pizza delivery and a Zoom “book tour” with Rick Riordan. It was a lot of fun! Our book tour ticket included an autographed book and Camp Half Blood baseball cap, both of which are still in the mail. We had fun with the Zoom event though. We also got a hint at his next book series. :)

Hello Uncle Rick!

This platter has been on the counter all week and it was just calling for a pie! So I made one. :)

Tomorrow I’ll have to go grocery shopping and do some school work, but today I thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday activities.

Halloween 2019

All of my posts should start with a “better late than never” caveat these days.  Halloween was last week.  During book fair week.  I’m exhausted! Eve bought herself a  Shoto Todoroki costume, which is an anime character from My Hero Academia, her new obsession.  It was a pretty amazing costume really.

Shoto Todoroki

Halloween itself was rainy and blustery, but oddly warm. Eve wanted to go trick-or-treating with a bunch of boys from DBS who were all dressing like a bunch of bananas. So Eve, me, Huxley (briefly), two other moms, and a screaming bunch of bananas braved the gusty winds and rain and walked around the neighborhood for an hour and a half, collecting candy. Lex stayed home and doled out candy to the very few people who came to our house.  When Alan got home he opened the garage and put vampire teeth on the Tesla to hand out more candy.

The Tesla Vampire

I was hoping we’d get more trick-or-treaters this year, but due to the newness of the neighborhood and/or the bad weather, we had plenty of leftovers! So, of course, we’ve all been bingeing on candy ever since.

Happy (late) Halloween!

 

Halloween – party edition

Many weeks ago Eve asked if we could have a Halloween party. After glossing over Halloween altogether last year (a fact she likes to remind me of ), I thought a Halloween party sounded like a great idea. Of course, I didn’t think to look at the calendar when I agreed to this crazy idea! Turns out it’s book fair week, parent conference week, Halloween and a Halloween party, “that time of the month” (TMI, sorry), AND I had to stop taking all allergy medications so I can go next week for testing. Whee! It’s a little crazy around these parts, but we’re having fun!

We had a great Halloween party tonight. Both kids dressed up and we had seven friends over, plus a few parents. I ordered pizza and helped Lex finish his costume between book fair sales this afternoon. We got home in time to move piles of stuff from the living room to the tucked away office and throw a table cloth on the table. Alan got home with pizza just as company was arriving.

Rita Skeeter, Luna Lovegood, a fairy witch, and an inch worm (not in costume), cracking open some butterbeer.

Eve reigns supreme!

Our first trick-or-treater was a little kid from down the street. All the big kids in my house rushed to open the door and hand out candy. :)

Our local OR nurse brought a brain for dinner. Yummy! Brain surgery is her specialty.

There are nine of them there. One is hiding in the back.

I forgot to get a picture of my two alone. I didn’t even get a good picture of either of their costumes.  Eve was Luna Lovegood, from Harry Potter, and Lex was a Minecraft phantom.  He put a lot of work into it, including light up eyes on the head.  It was cool!

Lex’s costume plan

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Back at home the candy trading floor opened for business!

We had a lot of candy!

We were home from trick-or-treating around 7:30 and everyone left before 8:30.  Now we are all exhausted!  We had a momentary scare when we couldn’t find the cat anywhere, but she eventually turned up hidden in a pile of Eve’s stuffies.  Jasmine is the best hider ever!

Off to bed now.  Tomorrow is another early morning and late evening for book fair!

 

Trick-or-Treating

Eve and I went out trick-or-treating this evening with her friend from the old neighborhood. :) We met up with a few other friends along the way. It was a perfect night for it. Not too chilly, not rain, not too breezy. Perfect! A few pictures…

Two witches (the one on the right is Ginny Weasley)

The loved how their capes/robes blew in the breeze. :)

The house is ready for Halloween, too bad the path wasn’t. Oh well. Next year.

When dinosaurs go trick-or-treating. :) This is one of our friends we were trick-or-treating with. He definitely had the best costume of the night!

Great Halloween decorations.

A witch, a dinosaur, Harry Potter, a Ninja Turtle, and Ginny Weasley.

Unicorn met T-rex and a (fake) battle ensued!

The loot!

We got exactly 4 kids (2 families) trick-or-treating at our house this year, all of them friends. Plenty of left-over candy in this house!

Halloween and other updates

Happy Halloween! We have been pretty neglectful of this holiday (admittedly not my favorite) this year. Lex had some grand plans for cardboard costumes, all Minecraft related, which would have been awesome but none of us had the time or motivation to make it happen. Eve wanted to be Mad-Eye Moody (from Harry Potter), but we ran out of time for that as well. We ended up at the costume store Sunday where she decided on some Gryffindor robes and orange hair spray to be Ginny Weasley. Lex was not motivated to come with us to the costume store, and he was easily swayed when Alan suggested staying home and playing Minecraft together instead of trick-or-treating. Eve offered to share her candy. All was decided. Ordinarily such a milestone would make me sad, but since I don’t like Halloween anyway, I’m just fine with this decision.

I have no idea how many trick-or-treaters to expect this year. At the old house we got 150-200 most years, but I think it will be far less at this house. I bought a few small bags of candy, and by “small” I mean regular size, not the gigantic Halloween bags they sell this time of year. Eve decided to package them into goody bags, sooo…. I hope we don’t get more than 20 kids coming to the door. LOL!

My little witch making Halloween goody bags.

What else? We are settling in to the new house. Hanging blinds, rearranging things, unpacking boxes, setting up drums, building bunk beds, making messes, and generally living here. We closed on the old house on Thursday and it went off with only a minor water bill hitch. I was able to remedy that quickly and all is well. It’s nice to be able to pay off some of the debt we acquired while building this place!

Three beds?!? The world’s best fort? A room to drive mom crazy? We’ll see. :)

I am running a book fair at school this week. It’s exciting and exhausting and the kids LOVE it! The book fair made over $1200 the first day! I don’t know if that’s a lot or not, but it seemed pretty impressive to me! We’ll see how the rest of the week goes. It was fun to see kids so excited to buy books.

This whole summer/fall has been a mountain of things piling up (the house, the new house, the book fair, two grad courses, the 5K I was training for, Lego League, field hockey… other stuff….) and now things are starting to close/end/ramp down. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We moved into the new house and sold the old house. I quit the 5K training and was never so happy as on the day the race was to take place and I didn’t have to be there! Field hockey ended last week. Book fair will end after this week. My grad course end in mid-November and Lego League ends in mid-December. I’m not longer pushing the boulder up the mountain, it’s now just a gentle ride back down!

Ok, off to school now. I’ve got a book fair to run! And also library classes, a K literacy group, and a reading group! Oh, and did I mention, it’s Halloween!! LOL!

The Not-So-Halloween

Turns out Halloween is just a short few weeks away.  Who knew?!  In my house it has been a total non-event.  Both kids say they want to dress up and go trick-or-treating, but neither can decide what to be.  We haven’t done any decorating and no one seems to care.  Eve told me last week that her friend has amazing Halloween decorations, but she didn’t make any effort to get ours out.  I’m feeling claustrophobic in our cluttered house and can’t stand the thought of adding more to it.  Maybe we’ll just let this one pass us by… or make a mad scramble the day before!  :-)

Happy Halloween!

Halloween 2015.  It was a bit different this year.  The kids both chose character costumes that required money, but little creativity.  I was busy with work and did minimal decorating or planning. 

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Evie and Steve

We trick-or-treated with two of Eve’s friends and their mothers and siblings.  I went out with the kids, thinking I could socialize with the moms, while Alan stayed home with one of the dads to hand out candy.  Turns out Eve and her friends were a lot faster than Lex, so they were mostly way ahead while Lex and his big cardboard head and I lagged behind.  Lex and I ended coming home before the rest of the crowd, which was fine.  We got to socialize with Alan and the other dad a bit.  Then one of Eve’s friends and her mom and sister came back to our house and we all hung out, laughing about the evening.  That might have been my favorite part of the night.  :-)

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An excited Halloween crowd!

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Trick-or-treating

A good night was had by all.  Now to manage the massive amount of candy they acquired!  We went to far more houses than ever before!

Halloween in preschool

Throw flies (marshmallows) onto the spider web (tape).  The kids loved it!

Throw flies (marshmallows) onto the spider web (tape). The kids loved it!

I survived my first Halloween as a preschool teacher! It was much less chaotic than I was expecting. The other two classrooms really outdid me in decorations and I felt a little lame in the morning when I saw that, but by the end of the day I thought my room was just perfect. We had five activities that the kids could rotate through as they desired. Everyone had fun and there were no major meltdowns or out of control scenes. Just kids having fun. I was quite pleased, and happy when the day was over!!

Make-a-monster

Make-a-monster

Pumpkin bowling.  It started with the "pins" like this, but the kids quickly came up with many other inventive pin configurations.

Pumpkin bowling. It started with the “pins” like this, but the kids quickly came up with many other inventive pin configurations.