I LOVE Halloween.
Alligator, Cat, Rey, Charizard, Minnie Mouse, and Bulbasaur
Candy, parties, dressing up, and trick-or-treating are just some of the reasons.
We started out the festivities with our annual neighborhood carnival.
I never let the kids wear their actual halloween costumes, as they always end up spilling something. So, I send them to the dress up tubs. Crew was Chewbacca, Miles Dino rider, Ruby Minnie Mouse, and Macey wore an old ballet costume I wore in the nutcracker with Kirsten in a matching dress (my mom of course made them. She's got mad skills). And I had to include a picture of Emery in her adorable old lady costume. She was the cutest thing ever.
Next up was Fright Fest.
It was our turn to host. We decided to play a Mormon drinking game.
We got a bunch of different sodas. Some gross (peanut butter, bacon, hot wing sauce), some good (rootbeer, butter beer, horchata) and LOTS in between.
It was highly entertaining and after sampling all of them I deemed the worst ones to be Peanut Butter, cucumber, and bacon. The only one that was actually good was the rootbeer.
The kids actually got us to carve pumpkins this year. it is not a favorite activity of mine, but it got done and we had some very happy kids. And no one loved their Jack 'O Lantern more than Crew.
Next Halloween Festivity was a party at Paul's bosses house.
Marty McFly and his mom Lorraine from back to the future. And Eleven and Dustin from Stranger Things.
As always the party was very impressive. Party buses, food trucks, even better portable bathrooms than last year, light up dance floor, and tons of amazingly creative costumes.
Love a good party.
FINALLY, we made it to the actual day.
We were up bright and early getting kids in costume for school.
Then there was the Halloween Parade.
Miles was just smiling and waving away. And yes, his costume is too small. I had a tough time with my amazon orders this Halloween. :) Luckily, he was the happiest pokemon around.
Crew wanted to dress up for the Halloween Parade too (we skipped his preschool party, there was no way to fit it in). He loved that all the kids in the parade knew who he was and were waving at him and talking about his sweet costume.
But seriously, have you ever seen a cuter bulbasaur?
Then I ran home grabbed my supplies and came back to do Macey's class Halloween party.
I love getting to see her in her element and chatting with all the kids.
Next stop was the Domo Halloween extravaganza.
It was amazing this year. So organized. They had a map for everyone, arrows on the ground of which direction to walk, crossing guards, and themed buildings. I just loved it.
Paul's building was Harry Potter. They gave out gummy frogs, bertie botts beans, and chocolate coins. And a real owl, because this is Domo afterall.
The Sorting Hat put Macey in Slitherin, she was not too pleased.
I actually didn't take a single picture because it was still so crazy, luckily Paul snapped these ones before it got crazy.
And now we have finally made it to the main event.
Trick or Treating.
I was so happy with how Ruby's costume turned out and it was probably the easiest one I have attempted yet. Plus, she loved it and wanted nothing more than to be Minnie. Makes my mama heart happy.
I don't sew, but I do love hot glueing and taping a good costume together.
And I was so proud of the pokemon ball pumpkins I made the boys too.
I love trick or treating in our neighborhood and seeing all our friends.
We had a crazy, but awesome, group this year and I had a few moments of stress, but overall it was pretty much perfection.
then we finally got to the candy sorting.
Can you tell what Crew's favorite candy is?!?
and that finally is a wrap on Halloween. Yes, this is why I am exhausted.
Halloween is one of my all time favorites.
I love decorating
I (kind of) enjoy carving pumpkins
I was proud of all the kids for actually cleaning out their own goop this year without complaint.
Ruby had to be right in on the action and could not be contained, so we eventually had to put the poor girl to bed, so we could finish carving.
They were quite proud of their creations.
I LOVE costumes
and helping everyone figure out what they want to be. Usually I like to piece together or make the kids', but this year I ended up buying everyones, which I ended up loving too.
Crew was a Cowboy Hulk and Chewbacca.
We also had Jasmine, Raja, and a storm trooper.
Chewie doing his roar.
And a shower.
The kids have plotted against me and have decided they will not cooperate for group pictures.
Luckily Paul's CEO invited us to a party, so I had an excuse to make myself a costume! Thanks to Julianne's help, we finished it in our 2 day window.
And it reminded me of my love of hot glue and putting a unique costume together. Maybe next year I'll find it in myself to make some of the kid's costumes. (con't to read for further costume pictures)
One of my kid's favorite parts of Halloween in our Neighborhood Carnival
We kept it super simple this time around and it was heaven.
I didn't want to be Room Mom this year, but alas I was roped into it. The good thing is, I enjoy throwing a good classroom party.
Paul impressed all the kindergartners with his amazing costume too. :)
Can't forget the sweet halloween parade. Miles was crying before hand and didn't want to do it, but he of course ended up loving it.
And seriously, look at this girl!! I did her makeup before school for the Halloween Parade and I could not get over how old she looked!!
Now, onto the real reason we all love Halloween so much, trick or treating
The excitement level was at an all time high as they started out the evening by running around the townhouses.
I love trick or treating in our neighborhood!
Seriously, it's the best. Seeing everyone and their costumes, and all the happy kids running around...it's my favorite.
Ruby was pretty much the cutest thing trying to keep up with the kids. She didn't get too much candy, as she did not get the concept of putting it in her bucket. But, I could of watched that little tiger trick or treat all day.
She got a little worn out by the end though.
After trick or treating we came home, shoved some candy down, and put the kids right to bed. Then we got ready for my favorite part of this year's halloween!
We actually got to go to an Adult Halloween Party.
Simon and Garfunkel, a pinata, titanic survivor.
I loved getting to dress up and eat and dance until midnight.
And having Brenden and Julianne here is pretty much the best, they know how to have a good time.
It seriously felt so good to dance like that, it had been way too long. Good for the soul, I tell you.
Best Halloween yet!!
Since my children got the shaft last year with all things Halloween related, I decided we better take them to a pumpkin patch this year so they wouldn't start to think we were neglectful parents.
Even though I am no longer puking my guts out (like last halloween), I still could not handle the craziness that is Cornbelly's. Luckily my children had no idea what they were missing and were thrilled with our visit to Pumpkin Land. Plus, we were the only ones there!! Seriously, the only ones.
they all loved the pumpkins and gourds growing up the sides and on the ceiling at the entrance to the corn maze.
Poor little Crew could not keep up with M&M. But, seriously, that view. Love it.
Having the inflatables to ourselves, was obviously Navasard Children heaven. Expect Crew would not get near them. So, since there was no one there to judge, I did what any good mom would do...I shoved him in kicking and screaming. He of course remembered that he loved them, as I knew he would.
Pumpkin Land is filled with these cutouts and we had to stop at everyone. These are my 2 favorites.
And it wouldn't be a trip to Pumpkin Land without a picture in the giant Jack O'Lantern.
One of my favorite Halloween traditions is Fright Fest
. This was year 8
We let Ruby and Wren join in on the festivities, don't tell the other kids.
Funny story, we all forgot our pumpkin carving kits, so we had 1 good knife between us to share. whoops.
Man, I really do love these people.
Now onto one of the best days of the year...HALLOWEEN
I got roped into being the Room Mom for Macey's class. Even though, I really didn't want to be in charge, I of course ended up having a blast planning the party
Macey's favorite was the marshmallow vampire teeth game. I found it highly entertaining as well.
She also loved the Halloween Parade
and made sure to smile and wave when she walked by.
Onto this year's costumes. The BYU cheerleader
The Paleontologist riding an Allosaurus.
Not to be confused with a T-Rex, as he quickly pointed out to everyone. And then proved this by counting the three fingers. As any true dinosaur lover knows, T-Rex's only have 2 fingers. :) Sheriff Woody
All night Crew was saying "howdy partner" and "dare a snake in ma boot". It was adorable.
Ruby's costume unfortunately had to be disposed of at the end of trick or treating, due to a poop explosion. I was just glad I decided against carrying her in the front pack.
Crew loved matching Ruby.
Woody and Jessie 2011
Macey, 4 Miles, almost 2
And an actually decent group shot!Trick or Treating
was thrilling, as always. Trina saved our sanity once again and came along for the fun.
Crew was adorable all night long running after M&M holding his hat and pumpkin.
He was also adorable saying "Tank You" after he got his candy and ran toward the next house.
Miles was often heard asking for 2 pieces of candy. When we'd reprimand him, once again, for not being polite, he'd respond, "I not be rude, de just forget to give me two." Luckily, everyone knew him and his antics.
Trina was the official bucket carrier for the boys when they could no longer haul their load themselves.
The night then ended by showing off their haul to Nana and Opa.
I'd say it was a pretty awesome Halloween.
This is Halloween
Who doesn't love Halloween!?!
One of my favorite parts this year was getting to do Macey's class Halloween Party
. It was so fun meeting all her friends and getting to observe Macey in the school environment. I learned she talks just as much at school as she does at home. I didn't take any pictures of course, but the kids had a blast and luckily Holly came and helped me out since none of the other parents could. Sometimes I don't know what I'd do without Holly. :)
We did our 2nd annual Neighborhood Carnival
and it of course was a blast. We probably doubled the amount of kids from last year, which luckily made it more fun instead of more crazy.Paul's work
had Trick or Treating and Macey happily skipped the Halloween Parade so we could go. Domo's Trick or Treating far surpassed all other office Trick or Treating we have attended. The Candy Bar kind of sealed the deal for me, though. Pretty sure this was M&M's favorite part of the Holiday.
Even though the kids had plenty of candy from Trick or Treating at Paul's office, we still of course had to go out into the neighborhood
and do a handful of houses. I love seeing all the neighbor kids dressed up and visiting with everyone. Yes, we love where we live. And Paul was much more helpful this year as the Tic Tock Crock than he was last year as the man in the gorilla's cage.
Mr. Smee, Jake, Tic Tock Croc, Cubby
(From Jake and the Neverland Pirates)
And no, I am not one of those mean moms who gives their kids Halloween candy away! We've all been enjoying their large haul this year.
Sad it's over, but for some reason this year I am very happy that October is behind us and it's finally November.
Some, ok lots of, October Happenings...
October is always one of my favorite months and this year has yet to disappoint.
came for a visit.
Macey and I have been doing lots of crafts
. My desire to do projects is proof that I am beginning
to feel more like myself and less like a crazy person 24/7.Featured Projects: butterfly wand, buzz lightyear costume, and Littlest Petshop Mats.
I also decided that our neighborhood needed to do a Halloween Carnival
. So, I sent out an email and made a flyer asking that everyone bring a treat and do a booth. Easiest party to plan ever.
Lots of Spooky Treats.
I of course had to include a guessing jar, what's a carnival without one? And the adorable winner.
Everyone's booths were so fun and creative.
There was face painting.
A Haunted House.
and lots of fun games.
Love these moms.
We also had our 6th annual Fright Fest
, one of my favorite October happenings.
To spice things up we played a new game called, "Catch Cheetos in Shaving Cream". I thought it was a hit.
Our Masterpieces, of course.
In other news, Crew has graduated to using the Exersaucer
. It's a hit all around.
And Miles is still making everything into a gun
. Raff, green beans, cups, wands...you name it, it's a gun.
Less than a week to Halloween!