Monday, November 5, 2012

A month of Halloween

 Halloween seemed to last almost the entire month around here.  I made the girls' costumes this year and had to really buckle down to get them finished in time for the celebrations to start.  Katie was Tinkerbell and Kirsten was Rosetta (the Garden Fairy).  Kirsten's costume was a little harder, because there were no patterns for fairies in a size 10.  So we had to design it ourselves.  Then I made the wings out of wire and white stockings.  We were all thrilled with how they turned out.
Our first activity was our annual Craig Ranch Fall Festival.  There was a costume contest, train, petting zoo, pony rides, games, rock climbing wall, obstacle course, and bounce house.  Both of our girls loved trying to rope the cow with a lasso.
 Katie now walks around swinging the jump rope saying "yee-haw!"  She is a true Texan!
We even  managed to get Kirsten to ride the mechanical bull.
She was brave, but did not really like it.
The next weekend, we had a Trunk-or-Treat at our church.  They started with a carnival including mini-golf.

 Next was the chili cook-off and dinner followed by the actual trunk-or-treating.  Jeremy did a really great job decorating the back of the car this year.
 Kirsten and Katie with Michael and Rachel ready to go get their candy!
 The next weekend we had our annual Craig Ranch Mom's Trunk or Treat.  We had a costume parade, trunk-or-treating, followed by a potluck in the park and bounce houses.  It was also our five year anniversary since starting the group, so we had cake as well to celebrate.
 The week of Halloween we had friends over to make and decorate Halloween sugar cookies.
 The week of Halloween, the girls also got to wear their costumes to dance class.  Nothing quite as pretty as a ballerina - fairy!
Katie also got to wear her costume to ballet on Halloween.
 After school on Halloween, Grandma and Megan came over to visit and see the girls in their costumes.
 Then we carved the pumpkins.  It was the first year to do it without daddy, and it was a little more difficult than I thought it would be, but we still had a ton of fun!
 It was finally time to go trick-or-treating.  We started at Grandma and Grandpa Lowe's house.
 Then we met up with the Lendermans and their neighbors to head out around the neighborhood.
 We had so much fun and spent almost two hours going around the neighborhood.  Katie was completely fearless and loved going up to the houses and was the leader of the pack for most of the night.  She would freak out if we offered  to carry her or her pumpkin - she was very possessive of her candy!
We came home Halloween night and let the girls pick out their five favorite pieces of candy.  The rest of it we took to the dentist on Thursday where he buys it back for $1 per pound and sends it to the troops over seas.  They also got to write letters to the troops to send with the candy.  The girls were so excited to do that and said that they did not even miss the candy - I was very proud of them.

So Halloween officially came to an end after over three weeks of celebrations.  It was fun, and the costumes were well loved.  Now the decorations have come down and we are gearing up for the next holiday season to come!

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