On Halloween Costumes:
We've started a "Family Economy," so this year the boys were in charge of paying for half the cost of their costumes. Asher decided to be a banana--we already had that costume. Sidebar: I have been dying for someone to wear the banana for Halloween since we bought it on super clearance two years ago. Dreams came true. Asher looked awesome. Reed found an awesome day-of-the-dead mask at the 99 cent only store and paired it with a dope hat and a lace poncho (that we referred exclusively as Lace Pancho Villa throughout the month) also from the 99. Total cost for him: $1.50. I loved his mask SO MUCH. His one downside was that everyone thought he was Coco. Lila wasn't in charge of buying her costume (due to rules of the economy), but she chose a costume we'd bought on clearance last year--Rey from Star Wars. They all looked great!
On Halloween at school: I got to help in Lila's class (FINALLY, according to her. I help in Asher's class weekly but her teacher hasn't helped yet) while they did "Pumpkin Investigations." They got to measure pumpkins, weight pumpkins, see if pumpkins float, make a pumpkin craft, count pumpkin seeds, etc. My center was the pumpkin dessert--we made pumpkin pudding cups and they were pretty tasty! After centers I got to go to lunch with her and meet her "peanut friend" (she sits at the peanut free table and that's pretty much exclusively how she refers to another girl that sits with her). After lunch, we had the costume parade, woohoo! It was a little hot and a little hard to track everyone down, but I got to say hi to everyone. And finally I got to hang out with Lila during her party.
On pumpkins: For FHE, we carved our pumpkins! Both boys decided to use a pattern from the book. I helped Reed with just a few tricky parts. Ryan helped Asher on a few tricky sections. Lila teamed up with Ryan to plan a face, then he carved whilst she gave directions. Their pumpkins turned out really great! One amazing thing we tried this year was using a drill to scrape out the majority of the guts--it was effective and awesome!
On field trips: Reed's class had a field trip to the Smith Center to see the Las Vegas Philharmonic on Halloween Day! Crazy, right? At Forbuss we'd already celebrated Halloween, though, so it was a fun way to spend the day so we didn't have to do any school work. I got to go with Reed as a chaperone. The Philharmonic was AMAZING. They were incredibly talented. And the director was amazing with a crowd of kids--he taught us a few things, explained a few things, and got us involved in the songs. The kids all got to sing along to "This Land is Your Land," which they've been practicing at school. We had a great time. After the field trip, I pulled him out of school early and he and I went to IHOP for a lunch of free scary face pancakes.
On trunk-or-treat: Our trunk-or-treat was on Halloween night! We did a new variation of our monster car: a SHARK CAR! We made our customary teeth but added a dorsal fin, tail fin, and eyes. We also played a variety of Baby Shark Songs. IT WAS AWESOME. We got to feast on hot dogs, chat with our friends, and start our night off right with at least half a bucket's worth of candy for each kid.
On trick-or-treat: After trunk-or-treat, we went to Huntington to trick-or-treat! Per usual, there were scads of other people trick-or-treating with us. We walked and tricked and treated until we were exhausted, then drove home. Upon compiling their candy (they'd left their trunk or treat candy in the car while we trick or treated), they each realized that they had more than a full bucket. Daaaaaaang.