On the 26th (the anniversary of my mom's passing) we got together to carve pumpkins. I love this tradition... Todd and I take the kids to my dad's place and then we carve pumpkins which one will end up next to my mom's headstone. Dad already lights candles up there so I think it's a sweet twist on the idea, "tis the season!" Liv still wanted no part of it, though, she's such a girly-girl! Gary liked the idea of carving it but not the gooey stuff, but I have a feeling he'll get all into it next year... he is such a boy!
The next day, Saturday the 27th, we went to Boo at the Zoo. This is our second year going there, the first was rainy and only as enjoyable as we made it. This year there was beautiful blue skies, and a lot of fun. We learned that it is easiest to go in the back & hit those booths first, or a couple times, instead of the front entrance where everyone just jumps in lines that are way too long for the short attention span of young children. Still, I think it is so fun to be able to go to see the animals at the zoo as well as seeing everyone dressed up, and getting some sweets at the same time. The kids, including my husband's, favorite part was watching the black bear eat the pumpkin... they laughed and laughed at that "silly bear!"
And, of course, the big trick-or-treat night!! All month Liv kept asking "Is it Halloween yet?" when I was finally able to say "yes!" then she asked all day "Is it time to go trick-or-treating?" So, I was ready to send her out when the sun finally set! Of course the daddy took them while I answered the door, but I hear it was a lot of fun until Gary got tired and was then carried the rest of the time which wore out the daddy. Still we went over to my dad's neighborhood spook alley that my brother's have participated in for the last several years. They do a pretty darn good job for not being professionals! So Todd and I went through that for a bit of a scare. We let the kids trick-or-treat at a couple of friends' houses there, then called it a night! What a night it was!