Couldn’t think of anything to write tonight, mainly because I’m too tired to really put any thought into it, so here’s a recap of our Halloween activities this year…
Foth Halloween Party: Every year, my mother-in-law’s company throws a Halloween party for children/grandchildren of employees. This was our second year attending and it was a good time once again. The kids get to trick-or-treat through the halls, decorate and take home free pumpkins, play games, and everyone gets free pizza and cookies for dessert. The kids looked adorable in their costumes. We went with a Nintendo theme this year, dressing the twins as Mario and Luigi and Emily as the pink princess. People who were around 30 or younger knew who the boys were right away. But, thanks to the political campaigns, many people thought they were “Joe the Plumber”. I didn’t follow much of that story myself, so I was a little bummed that it overshadowed what I thought was a great costume idea for the boys. We had to keep explaining who they actually were, which got annoying, but it was still fun.
Cuff’s Pumpkin Patch: We went pumpkin picking in Hortonville this year. It was a bit of a drive, but totally worth it. They had a nice long hayride out to the field where you got to pick your own pumpkin (most of them were huge!), a mini-pumpkin, a gourd, and two ears of Indian corn. All of that for only $6 per person and the boys were free! So we got 5 huge pumpkins, 5 minis, 5 gourds, and 10 ears of corn for $18! Such a steal compared to the places that charge by size or weight. They also had a corn maze, hay maze, straw slide, play areas, and pre-picked pumpkins, gourds, and squash. I also picked up a huge acorn squash there and just made it with dinner last night. Soooooo good.
Halloween at the YMCA: I was really looking forward to this event, even though I didn’t quite know what to expect. It was another opportunity for the kids to dress up and have some fun. They really enjoyed the Rainbow Rompers set up in the gym and the carnival games. There was a really long line for the bounce house though, so we skipped it, and the craft/snack room was so crowded that the only thing we could do in there was get Emily’s face painted. So, we only did about half of the activities. It was a really nice idea and awesome that the YMCA puts it all on for free, but it was just too crowded to really enjoy it.
Trick-or-Treat: This year we went to my in-laws’ neighborhood for trick-or-treat and it turned out to be a great idea. Their neighborhood is perfect for trick-or-treat; the houses are close together with sidewalks out front, and a lot of people decorate and/or hand out candy. There was one house that decorated their whole front yard and had over 20 carved pumpkins lit up. There was actually a news crew there when we walked past. Plus they handed out donut holes to the adults that were walking around with their kids, which was funny, and yummy. 🙂 The weather was great this year. Finally it wasn’t freezing cold weather, so the kids had a great time. The boys rode in the wagon and Emily and her cousins walked. The girls didn’t last real long, so we headed back and let cousin Erik and Uncle Rob keep going. Between our three kids, we definitely have plenty of candy in the house! After trick-or-treat we had dinner and spent some time hanging out with my in-laws. It was a really nice night and I hope we can do it again next year.