We had a magical Halloween this year!
I am now in the habit of blogging every Monday night – once per week. It’s the one day per week I get an hour to myself – when Evan takes Ellie (3) and Huck (5 months) to go pick up the older girls at piano lessons. So, you can expect a post from me every Monday night or early Tuesday morning, depending on where you live.
I wish I could blog every day like I used to – but that’s not where I’m at right now…I hope to be back to posting more often when Huck starts needing me a little less. Right now I’m “on” 24/7 with the kids, and that’s just this stage of life! I am really enjoying it, though – and each year gets even better.
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and can’t believe I have five kids. 🙂 It’s so good, though…I feel like I was made for this. It is challenging – but most things in life worth doing are quite challenging, so I don’t mind.
So yes – our Halloween was amazing. I feel like I’ve got it down to a science – what works for us, and what doesn’t.
Evan came home early from work on Halloween, and carved pumpkins with the girls. These are the Halloween pumpkins we got at the Pumpkin Patch a few weeks ago. He likes to carve them, and I like to paint or draw on them. I got into the habit with the girls of decorating the pumpkins with paint and markers back when Evan worked very late every night, and I was not strong enough to carve the pumpkins myself. It’s sort of a family tradition now, I guess!
Evan with the girls (and boy!) carving/decorating pumpkins:
I really liked the costumes this year. Everyone picked out their own costume – except for Huck, whose costume was selected by his big sisters!
Baby Huck (5 months) went as Harry Potter for Halloween:
Ellie (3) went as a Purple Butterfly. This is a well-loved hand-me-down in our family – but it’s what she really wanted to be!
Violet (6) went as a “Golden Gala Princess” – she loved her costume:
Ginger (9) went as a Blue Butterfly to support Ellie – and because we had the costume already. She wore this costume two years ago, and it still fits!
Paprika (12) went as Princess Harumi from the Lego Ninjago series. She put the costume together herself using Goodwill finds and Ebay:
This was the concept drawing:
And this is her costume:
Paprika had her violin lesson earlier in the day on Halloween. She wore her Harumi costume to violin, but took off the wig because it was hard to bow the violin with her wig getting in the way! Here she is with her favorite people from her music school, including her violin teacher (Minnie Mouse), her friend Chelsey (who is like a big sister to Paprika), and Jaime – the sweet Pink Lady on the end.
Paprika brought treats for everybody at her music school. She made Pumpkin spice muffins and sugar cookies in the morning before violin.
Paprika’s pumpkin spice muffins:
It was a pretty fun atmosphere over at the music school on Halloween. Paprika’s friend, Chelsey, made these amazing treats. So creative!
After violin, we headed home to start getting ready for the night’s festivities. Evan arrived soon after, we did the pumpkin carving, and then set off for trick or treating.
Ginger decided very quickly that she didn’t want to go trick or treating, so after a few houses, I took her home to pass out candy. She quickly got into some comfy clothes and sat on the front porch with a book waiting for trick or treaters. She was very happy with that!
Paprika wanted to go visit the “busy streets” to trick or treat – since it’s a bit more exciting than our quiet neighborhood. She was so happy to get to do that and came home with A LOT of candy. About eight pounds of candy!
Huck promptly fell asleep in the stroller and slept through most of Halloween. 🙂
Ellie (3) and Violet (6) had a wonderful time trick or treating in our neighborhood with Evan. Ellie was so confident, and this was the first Halloween she really understood what Halloween was all about. She wasn’t scared to trick or treat at all! She was so polite – said please and thank you to everyone – and wanted to run up to each door to knock. It was probably the most exciting night of her life!
Violet loved her costume, and had been so eager to wear it for over a month. I think she really felt like a princess.
Sisters and Friends:
I think the big lesson I’ve learned about Halloween, and all holidays in general, is that low expectations really make it more fun. I used to want it all to be so perfect, but now I know that the kids (and grown-ups) have so much more fun when I let things be easy.
There was a time when I would have been disappointed Ginger didn’t want to trick-or-treat (for example) – but now I know that’s Ginger…and she was so happy to do her own thing, and in her own way. I don’t have to force happiness, or even try hard for it. When I just let things be – they often find their own magic.
Anyway – it was a great Halloween! I can’t believe it’s already November! We have a big week ahead with Violet’s 7th Birthday on Friday – I can’t wait! She’s been planning it all for months, and I can’t wait to shower her with lots and lots of love. Be well and I’ll talk to you soon. 🙂