Halloween is one of my favorite holidays ever! I don't care for the creepy, icky, scary stuff (or all the junky candy) but, I do love the dressing up, the way it smells outside when the leaves start turning colors (or in this year's case, the way my scentsy smells when I walk in the house -- it is still hot and sunny here), and how this holiday kicks off an entire season of great holidays. At our house we start listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween... and I love it!
I was sad to hear this town doesn't dress up on Halloween at school. After attending the annual school carnival the week before I decided things were going to be okay after all. :) -- The picture above was taken during the carnival. The kids had a blast with all the different activities available. Because this is a small town each school from elementary up to high school work together in creating a fabulous carnival for the town. Zoey is on student council and was expected to show up early to help decorate. I brought Kinley and Lexa along to help too. The 3 girls had a great time wrapping crate paper around the trees and hanging spiders on the jail. The carnival itself did not disappoint. Everyone left happy!
Paisley had two Halloween shirts alternated continuously throughout the month. She also enjoyed helping me put up decorations in our house offering many ideas on how to make our house more "spooky". Throughout the entire month she enjoyed the decorations feeling the festive spirit of our "spooky house".
Lately she is very interested in showing off a wide array of facial expressions. She often comes up to me (or people at church) and asks them to show her your (add expression here) face! My favorite is "mean face". After you make a mean face she screams and says "That is scary!". Here are a few of her polished facial expressions.
Paisley dressed up as a black kitty this year -- but not just any black kitty -- She dressed as a "mean black kitty". She loved this costume and tried her best to stay in character throughout the night (scratching and hissing at random people). She loved the tail and ears but, adored having her face painted! The night of the carnival and church party was long. She fell asleep on our way home from the last party. When she woke up the next morning for church we started to wipe off her whiskers. It broke her little heart! I was two seconds away from just letting her show up to church with a kitty face. Instead she decided she would be okay with us wiping off the paint with plans of putting it back on for Halloween night. She asked for her whiskers everyday for the next week. When Halloween night rolled around she was ecstatic.
Early into the trick or treating Paisley lost both her flip flops and instead was going house to house barefoot. It was dark and I was concerned she was going to step on a scorpion... Thankfully she didn't and the night played out pretty smoothly. The following week our neighbors found one of her flip flops in the middle of the road outside her house. I found the other a couple days later about 4 or 5 blocks down from their house on our way home from school one day!
Kinley was a witch! She had a good time this year trick or treating with the older kids. She loved her costume, as purple is still her very most favorite color. She was also wearing a purple spider ring and matching purple necklace. This may have been her favorite part of the costume! For the day at school I painted a pumpkin on her cheek with a splash of purple glitter across it. She absolutely loved it and couldn't wait to tell me about what a hit it was with her friends.
The girls had fun using Paisley as their black cat accessory and Paisley adored all the attention she was given as this accessory!
Alexa as a witch! Do you love the homemade decorations the girls made in the background. I have such fun kids. Alexa had a good time celebrating Halloween. We started the night with a BBQ and a couple of friends over to eat dinner and go out collecting candy with us. After a little bit of trick or treating we headed over to the high school football field to watch the homecoming game! This was Alexa's favorite part of the night. She immediately ditched us to go hang out with all the teenagers in our ward. They were sweet to let her be a part of their group for the night and she was thrilled with the acceptance. She caught a team t-shirt from the cheerleaders which was the highlight of the night for her. It is huge on her but, she is happy to sleep in it often.
Zoey dressed up in her witch costume! Like her sisters Zoey enjoyed the night. Generally Halloween night consists of freezing rain, coats, and short trick or treating. This year was so different! Dave and the men hung out outside in lawn chairs (after having an outside BBQ with friends). I loaded up Rex and Paisley in a stroller while the girls put on their flip flops and walked around the neighborhood. The weather was perfect! We could have stayed out all night. It was fun to head over to the football game with everyone. I enjoyed sitting by Zoey at the football game. She is such a fun kid to hang out with.
Rex dressed up as a dinosaur (or dragon depending on who you talk to in the family). In these pictures he is taking his very first steps ever!!! After putting on his costume the night of the carnival, Dave backed up to snap a picture. I guess those giant slippers helped Rex to feel a little more stable because the next thing we knew he was making his way towards Dave -- walking! I love how happy he is in these pictures because of his accomplishment. During trick or treating he was fast asleep in the stroller. This worked out perfectly for the football game. He was snugly and happy the whole way through!
Dave and I dressed up this year too! I was a witch (4 witches in the house this year. Although the creativity lacked a bit this year everyone was happy with their costumes at the end of the day.). Dave was superman! He rocked the costume perfect and looked fabulous! I sure love this guy!
At the end of the night the girls scarfed down all sorts of candy. When their bellies started feeling sick and they were getting ready for bed a new tradition occurred. A town "switch witch" secretly entered our home and replaced all the girl's candy with a gift they had really been wanting. The girls were ecstatic about this new event and I absolutely loved the days following Halloween where our home was as candy free as it was before Halloween night took place. It made me smile when one of the last things that happened was Zoey sneaking into Rex's room as I was rocking him. She gave me a big hug. She told me thank you for bringing the switch witch tradition into our home (another great find on pinterest :)). My kids showing gratitude for the tiny things I do around here to make our family happy is one of the very best things about being a mother in my book!
This Halloween was a hit for sure! Despite my uneasiness about the rules of no costumes at school and homecoming being scheduled on Halloween night, the holiday could not have been any more perfect (well, except for the miner detail of the lost shoe issue).
We each picked out pumpkins a week or two before Halloween. After only one day of having them outside two of them rotted. I am still figuring out this whole desert living thing. One thing I recently learned is why you will not find a single pumpkin on someone's front porch... It will rot instantly! To save the other pumpkins I brought them in and have had them sitting along our wall of the front entrance. Rex has loved playing with this little pumpkin (Kinley's pumpkin) He has attempted to pick the others up but, with no luck. This one is just his size. He carries it all around the house. I have found it in the kitchen, play room, laundry room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. He loves, loves, loves to throw it. My girls get such a kick out of the fact that he thinks this is his ball! He will laugh and giggle each time he decides to throw it. In the picture above he is getting ready to throw it across the living room.