Halloween 2013: Trick or Treating

It was a real treat to go trick or treating this year.  Kai had been watching Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin (sent to him from Grammy) for weeks, so he was ready and knew exactly what to do.  It was a huge debate on whether or not we would need the double stroller for Kai, we didn’t know if he would get tired or not.  However, that child never grew weary.  He jogged the entire 2 mile trek we took for trick or treating!

Here we are rounding up the troops.  Mr. Smee (aka Taj) definitely needed a stroller.  He wanted to be pushed to each door.

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Jorge, Janiece, Elijah, & Jackson also walked along with us.  The first stop….to our sweet neighbors across the street.

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The inflatable “Not scary” Halloween house.

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And for the highlight of the night…. drum roll please……

The Cotton Candy house!

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Kai and Taj had never had cotton candy before, they were a little nervous to try it at first, but it didn’t take long for them to enjoy it.

 

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Then came the after party.

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Jackson won the award for being most hilariously exhausted.

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The kids were so excited they didn’t want the night to end.

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We had such a fun Halloween this year.  And I learned that when I get old, I’m going to give away cotton candy to all!

 

Halloween 2013: Zoomars

Kai’s second favorite thing about Halloween is the “Pumpkin Patch.”  The term Pumpkin Patch means different things to different people.  When I was little, it meant driving to the middle of nowhere and picking a pumpkin out of a field.  If you were lucky, there was a wagon ride involved.  In Southern California, Pumpkin Patch refers to an open lot and/or parking lot transformed into a mini carnival and pile of pumpkins during the month of October.  

This year we wanted to go to a real pumpkin patch on a REAL farm.  So we planned a trip out to Temecula (another wine country) to attend a REAL pumpkin patch.  We drove on some long county roads and arrived at the most adorable pumpkin farm ever. However, Kai was sick that day, and after 5 minutes of walking around the farm, he had a break down and we had to leave.  We didn’t even get to see the pig race!

After Kai was all healed up, we knew we had to make up for the missed pumpkin patch outing, so we went to Zoomars in San Juan Capistrano.  Zoomars is typically known as an adorable petting zoo, but during October they have a lot of pumpkin patch-esque activites.  

First on our list of fall fun to-do’s…

1.Pony Rides

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Of course Taj needed to ride too!

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And some random zebra donkeys?

 

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2.  Corn Pit

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3. We sat with the cement animals

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3. Feed the Animals

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*Note- Mommy and Daddy got some amazing coffee here

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These were the most hilarious guinea pigs.  Actually very friendly!

4. Train Ride

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5.  The amazing FREE playground outside of Zoomars that the liked as much, if not more than Zoomars itself.

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Operation Pumpkin Patch 2013 has officially been completed.

Halloween 2013: The Costumes

Kai has been excited for Halloween to come since last Halloween.  He has even been angry with us for talking about Christmas, because he only wants Halloween and trick-or-treating.  We have been watching “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” which has only intensified his need to trick-or-treat.

He had also announced back in early September that he was going to be Peter Pan for Halloween.  So that is what he was!

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Thanks to my sewing instructor I was able to sew their costumes, all the way down to his shoe covers.  

There were many Peter Pan costumes to buy, but no Mr. Smee.  I couldn’t have one store bought and one homemade, so I decided to make both.

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Thanks to my new favorite website http://www.allfreesewing.com I found the Peter Pan Costume pattern here.

Mr. Smee was a lot trickier, but I found a Mr. Smee hat idea here that did the trick!

I really had no intentions of dressing up for Halloween, not really my thing.  But the day of, Kai convinced his dad to take him costume shopping and Kai then convinced me to be a Pirate Princess, and his dad transformed into a version of Captain Hook.  

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And some more pictures of my cuties…

Kai was really getting in to his character.

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Taj was much more into his food bribe.

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What a beginning to a fun night!