Monday, November 03, 2014

Hallowe'en In Three Parts

Don't worry, I'm not actually going to write about Hallowe'en over the next three blog posts. It's just that our Hallowe'en had three distinct parts. (Well, okay, there was actually a fourth part -- our celebration at LOGOS on Thursday night -- but you've already seen a picture from that.)

First of all, I had to get pictures of the kids in their festive outfits. No, not their costumes, just the festive shirts. (Which were both hand me downs, by the way!)

Basically, these pictures prove that my kids are crazy!
And that they don't know how to smile naturally for a picture :)

Since it was pouring rain, I was super-glad that Dave's work offers indoor trick or treating for an hour at the end of the day. The whole workplace really gets into it. One group was set up as a "corporate prison."

We also trick or treated from some gangsters and in the Wizard Of Oz, just to name a few. I might have sewed up my "Parent Of The Year" award when one of the teams lowered a big spider in front of Rachel. She screamed so loud the entire floor looked over to see what was going on. What they saw was me losing it laughing. Fortunately Rachel knows who the sympathetic parent is and went running for Dave!
This poor guy has been working there too long!

After waiting in the longest, slowest drive-thru lineup ever (it took us almost twenty-five minutes to get through it) at McDonald's, we came home and ate supper, which was supplemented with these jack-o-lanterns.
Dave handed out candy to the six people who came to our door (in an unrelated note, if you need a chocolate fix come and visit us since we have just a bit leftover), and we watched a Winnie The Pooh Hallowe'en special. Oh, and I also made the kids put their costumes back on when I realized I hadn't taken any pictures of them dressed up. I think these pictures prove that 1) I am dedicated to documenting our life and 2) My kids are still crazy!
And then because we are the master of not celebrating holidays when the rest of society pressures us to, (see here, here, and here for other examples), we carved our pumpkin yesterday.
I am not a huge fan of scooping the goopy insides out. Blah. Sam, on the other hand, was totally dedicated to his task of freeing all the pumpkin seeds so we could roast them. I was amazed at how well he did, and the pumpkin seeds we are roasting after school today are all because of him.
Dave wanted to join in on the carving fun, so with some help from the kids, he carved the mouth.
To forestall any fights, and to keep the pumpkin carving down to one pumpkin, the kids each got to pick half the face design. Thus Rachel's side features a triangle eye, and the smiley mouth with teeth, while Sam's side features a square eye and a surprised mouth. The kids both wanted a bell shaped nose, which gave our pumpkin its name. Meet Ding Dong Jack-O-Lantern.

And that was our Hallowe'en. Now I'm off to eat some candy that I stole from the kids we didn't hand out on Hallowe'en night.


  1. Okay first of all, when did Rachel become all grown up overnight??? Secondly - LOVE the corporate prison and the photo opp cutouts! TOO CUTE!! And WELL DONE on the collaboration on the punkin face! :)

    1. I don't know when Rachel grew up but all of a sudden she just is so grown up. Sob :( And thanks for the pumpkin face collaboration accolades. There was no way I was carving two pumpkins (two days late at that!), so this was the only option. Although I guess we could have gone for a two-faced pumpkin!

  2. Sounds like you all had a great day!

  3. I think the bell pepper jack o' lanterns are genius!! And Dave's work is awesome-- what spirit!

  4. What a fun place to work! I love that they did that trick or treat for the kids and really got into it. And I also loved that you carved your jack o' lantern after Halloween. We never got around to carving one but maybe it still isn't too late? I mean, I likely won't do a scary one anyway. I was actually thinking of painting some for fall. I also love that the kids worked together on the pumpkin design. That's what Evan's cub scout group did so there's was pretty funny looking too. And yes, the bell pepper jack o' lanterns were great!

  5. Y'all are so much you! :)


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