We kicked off our Halloween festivities with a trip to the pumpkin patch. Because of our recent travels, and subsequent illnesses, we were a little late getting into the spirit and kept it kind of low-key this year.
Though we really like Lombardi Ranch and have had a great time there in the years past, we decided to try another pumpkin patch that everyone raves about. It always seems so much farther away, but a quick map comparison showed that it was pretty much exactly the same distance we travel to Lombardi Ranch. So we thought we'd give it a try and Underwood Family Farms did not disappoint!
We hit the corn maze first. We've had some cool weather already this fall and I was really hoping for a trip to the pumpkin patch that wasn't blazing hot, but alas, it was around 85-90 degrees that day and felt every bit of it. It was so cool in the shade of the maze, I just wanted to crawl in and lay in the shadows underneath those glowing green stalks and listen to them blow in the breeze and shhhh-shhhh-shhhh-shhhh me to sleep...
|Not the first time they will disagree on which path to take...|
|Brandishing a fallen stalk.|
We had a great view from up there, we could see the whole farm, and the huge block of corn stalks we had just wandered through.
There were some fluffy chickens. Alice tried to feed them, but they had a hanging basket with an unlimited supply of feed, so they weren't too interested in the handful she tossed to them.
|"I drive train!"|
There were also lots of goats with the absolute coolest goat climber. There were a couple of fenced-off pens connected by these
This goat had just been hanging out at a landing spot where you could put food in a little bucket attached to a conveyer belt and use a hand-crank to wind the bucket up to the top and dump the food out. Alice spent a long time cranking that bucket around.
|Trunk full of pumpkins.|
There was a Habit Burger nearby, but we wanted to beat traffic home so we stopped at our local restaurant for our traditional pumpkin patch meal.
We didn't have time to carve our pumpkins until Halloween, so we squeezed it in between school pick-up and baths and costumes before heading out for the evening.
We let Ivy color on her pumpkin while were hollowing ours out, but she moved off of that canvas and onto the table and her own body...
I opened up her pumpkin for her but she was not interested in sticking her hands in that mess
Alice wanted to carve Minnie or Mickey Mouse into her pumpkin, but I convinced her that a nice, traditional jack-o-lantern would be easiest to carve herself. She conceded and went to town with the carving tools.
After pumpkins, it was costume time! I didn't have any inspired ideas for family costumes this year, at least none that I could talk Alice and Jon into. My old office is full of insanely creative and well-executed costumes and has a fun costume contest and lunchtime party. It was always really inspiring to come up with a fun costume and to bring the family in to play, too. I actually stopped by the office that morning to borrow a stuffed Dopey for Ivy's costume and saw some of the awesome costumes - the amazing Baymax costume was walking in as I was leaving and I was completely wowed, it was a spectacular costume!! You can see some great photos and videos of that, and some other great Disney employee costumes here.
Anyway, I didn't have a lot of energy left after all of our traveling and recovering, so Alice wore the fancy coronation dress she got for her birthday (back in May, when she said she wanted to be Anna for Halloween!), and Ivy wore the Snow White jersey play dress I made for our WDW trip. Their little sidekicks completed the look!
I even managed to recreate Anna's coronation hairstyle, thanks to this great tutorial (I even went out and hunted down a braided hair headband while I was seething mad at my adorable, perfectly-behaved angel). Behold, the original:
|Image found here.|
And the real version on a human head with a ton of baby-fine hair... Not bad!
|Ivy was pretty pleased with the prize she won!|
It was starting to sprinkle and get dark, and Ivy was starting to melt down, so we decided to head out to trick-or-treat. We were planning on going around in the neighborhood near church, but the streets are steeper and the houses farther apart, so we chose to head home to our little neighborhood instead.
At home, we turned on "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and dug into our loot.
Alice put away a good quantity of candy in no time flat and was looking a little green around the gills (to my eyes, anyway), so I told her she could stay up for a bit longer if she ate some carrots...
She LOVES passing out candy and would leap to her feet in a mad scramble anytime someone came to the door.
Just before we sent Alice to bed, we got word from the carnival that Jon had won the chili cook-off for the second year in a row. This year, the winner was determined by the carnival goers who voted with their dollars to raise money for Imagine No Malaria. I can't wait to see how much was raised!
And with that, we took our pumpkins in and blew out the light on another Halloween.
|Jon's kitty, and Ivy's marketed masterpiece.|
|Alice's happy jack-o-lantern.|