It's Halloween month -- and as Kai gets older, we seem to spend more and more time celebrating our favorite holidays (her birthday, Halloween, and Thanksgiving... and, there are always our travels in December and Timberline). Anyway, each holiday is eagerly anticipated and it's fun to get ready for the big day with Kai. This year, we bought a bunch of Halloween decorations for the yard the first week of October, and had fun decorating around our house -- especially the path along the public stairway that many kids take to and from school.
Next, we had a pumpkin carving party with Sarah, Penny and Max. We made Halloween treats for the party including these apple slices that looked like they had teeth and eyes, mummy hot dog roll ups, spider dip, and pumpkin cupcakes (which the kids decorated). And then there was the pumpkin carving, which everyone loved. The pumpkins the kids carved were pretty impressive. It was a fun party!
This weekend we went to the Halloween parade on Piedmont Avenue. The kids get to trick or treat at all the stores along Piedmont until they get to the cemetery at the end of Piedmont Avenue, which is a massive place with a lot of park-like spaces. In the cemetery they have jumpy houses set up, food trucks, a pumpkin patch, and other games for the kids. We went with one of Kai's friends from kindergarten (who is also on our soccer team). It was really fun -- and Kai already has more candy then we know what to do with. The parade goes right by Kai's Spanish preschool, so Eric posed with some of Kai's teachers (Kai refused to get in the picture). Eric invented his costume moments before we left for the parade -- cutting off the top of a pumpkin for a hat and grabbing a scooter out of the basement. He was Mr. Pumpkin Head Scooter Guy (according to Kai). His costume was a big hit. And Kai was Sleeping Beauty. We talked about being other things -- but, she is still really into the princess thing. Big time.
This week there is a Halloween parade at her school, another parade/trick-or-treat opportunity at the shops in Montclair Village, and then trick-or-treating with Penny and Max on Halloween night. And, after that, we'll have to purge at least half the candy when Kai isn't looking.
Happy (early) Halloween!