Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The History of Halloween

One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to watch the spooky shows on TLC, The History Channel and more about Halloween customs. I found this article and it's pretty thorough on just about every part of this holiday. Enjoy and have a safe evening out!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday night brought pumpkin carving and fun out on the front porch. Well, actually both kids were pretty crabby, but we all managed to have a good time despite their moodiness.

Trying again to eat the Indian corn!

Carter working hard designing his pumpkin.

"Hi!" We hear this from Jack dozens of times each day. He loves to greet people.

Dad and Jack.

This is the first year Carter actually participated in digging out the pumpkin goop. He has refused, since birth, to help because he was grossed out by it.

Jack got restless, so we walked a bit.

Carter and his creation.

Mom's pumpkin. "Not at all scary and pretty lame" according to Carter.

Our attempt at a picture of both boys with the pumpkins. I told Blake that it will be years from now before we see any nicely posed pictures of the kids. Jack is just too nutty right now and Lainey will be next!

Afterwards, we went inside to roast the pumpkin seeds. They're delicious!!! If you've never tried it, you should. Clean the membranes and goop off....rinse with water....put them on a cookie sheet and brush with melted butter....sprinkle with kosher salt...cook at 320 degrees for 20 minutes....sprinkle again with salt. Enjoy!

After the pumpkin seeds, we sat the boys down to watch "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". We have it on VHS, but Blake and I talked about how much we loved it as kids....watching it before VHS and DVD's.....with commercials (gasp!).....and so we did it with the kids. They didn't really understand our motives or the nostalgia, but Blake and I did!

Rock Creek Farm

We visited Rock Creek Farm...a beautiful old farm in Broomfield, CO on Monday night. It's a neat place where you walk out into the actual pumpkin patches with gardening sheers to literally pick your pumpkin off the vine.

We got there late in the day, so we could not do everything they had to offer, which included hay rides, seeing farm animals, a corn maze and more. Next year...

We did notice upon arriving that it seemed to be foggy and that made it a bit spooky. Later, on the news we heard that the fog was actually smoke plumes coming over the mountains from the California wildfires.

A few pictures....

Lovely Carter....

Blake was showing Jack the Indian corn...

And, he thought it was to eat!

Out in the patch.

Jack found one he wanted.

Sweet Lainey in the Baby Bjorn.

Fright Fest Again!

Another trip out to Elitch's for Fright Fest. This time with Daddy....

On the carousel.

Blake took Carter into the Haunted House we toured on our last trip and we were sure we'd have to haul him out of there in hysterics. Not the case! He didn't get scared at all.

Jack loving the spooky skeleton again.

Carter being silly and acting scared on the kiddie boats.

The boys.

Baby Lainey, staying warm in the stroller.

Running from ride to ride!

We encourage Carter to ride a new ride each time we go. This was a good one!

Carter and his favorite scary guy.

Another favorite of Carter's....he's there each year.

Ready to go.