2012 06/11

Halloween 2012

What I love about Halloween is that, for us, it is this all encompassing ‘best of fall’ holiday. And it lasts for pretty much the entire month of October!

Riding the pumpkin train at Post Family Farm


The girls loved the rope swing at Post Family Farm. I think we need a barn!


Searching for the perfect pumpkins at Post Family Farm

Then we took those “perfect” pumpkins and did our version of carving! Mind you, my girls really want to do the real carving of pumpkins this year. However, the rule is: If you won’t clean out the pumpkin then you don’t carve the pumpkin. For some reason they refuse to put their little princess hands into the guts of the pumpkin. So, for now we use these adorable Mr. Potato Head inspired faces and accessories to create witches and pirates!


We tried getting Jasper to join in on the Halloween fun, but he wasn’t too impressed with his jack-o-latern shirt. Orange just isn’t a very slimming color.


The biggest hurdle for us this Halloween season, had nothing to do with the costumes {surprisingly}. Instead it was the fact that Zoe, still being in preschool, got to have a Halloween party at school and Abbi, now in first grade, did not. Thankfully, after reminding Abbi that she had two years of preschool Halloween parties, she got into the Halloween spirit and helped us make treats for Zoe’s class.

Of course,  I didn’t want to completely leave Abbi out of the Halloween-school fun, so I surprised her with a few spook-tacular treats in her lunch box.

left: Zoe’s “jack-o-latern” sucker treats. right: Abbi’s mummified raisins and “jack-o-latern” peaches.


Then it was time for trick-or-treating. Well, actually we did trick-or-treating twice this year — downtown Holland on Saturday and with the Folletts on Halloween night. Not that we needed the candy, but because we wanted to support the fabulous downtown businesses and their efforts to provide fun family centered events! And then of course we had to go with our dear friends on Halloween night, a tradition we are happy to continue…even if when the kids get too old and we have to borrow other people’s kids!


The rule with the group picture is that you have to wear a costume to be in the picture. Routinely Tara & Tim are the only adults to appear in the picture.


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