Happy Halloween!

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Growing up, I loved Halloween.  My mom usually made all our costumes and we’d dress up at school and usually trick or treat with friends at the nearby malls.  Sometimes we’d venture out to other neighborhoods with friends.  It was fun to dress up – and also fun to NOT wear our uniform to school.  Aubrey was born about 2 weeks before Halloween and I had put up a Facebook update saying how I totally forgot it was a holiday until I started seeing all my friends going out to parties that night.

When Aubrey had her first official Halloween the next year, we started our own traditions. We met up with friends at a local pumpkin patch, we went trick or treating with my mom and sister, and eventually as she got older – we participated with her school’s Harvest Festival.   This year was Aubrey’s 4th Harvest festival and Luke’s first.

happy halloween - annual traditions

There was a few changes from past years.  This year they had separated out the grades to allow each grade 30 minutes of fun.  While I was bummed the kids wouldn’t share the fun together, I did enjoy the one-on-one time I had with both.

happy halloween - annual traditions happy halloween - annual traditionsThe kids got to create their own trailmix, decorate cookies, and play games that focused on motor skills. The best “game” was using a pumpkin to hammer in golfball Ts! (Purchase your own safety hammer kit here)

happy halloween - annual traditions

They also had ring toss, and an obstacle course to balance a ball on a paddle. (Similar balance set here)

happy halloween - annual traditions

Over the weekend we headed to a party with all the family and it started early to be kid friendly.  They had a photobooth setup, music, bounce house and more. They also had a pumpkin decorating station.  The kids loved it!

happy halloween - annual traditions

Rainbow Dash, 2 Firemen, a Boxer, and a Pirate

happy halloween - annual traditions

happy halloween - annual traditions

Tonight we’ll be heading out to trick or treat around the neighborhood with my mom, sister & Niece (her daddy might make it if he isn’t working!).  Jon has school so he’ll be missing our adventure.

What traditions do you keep for Halloween?

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