The title of this post sounds like there was a lot of “prep” going into this big day. But it’s funny how as kids grow the amount of care and prep that go into this holiday dwindle and what you once thought was a big messy fiasco is actually something you miss and get nostalgic for.
Ha! The girls found that jersey that used to be MAX’s, and put it to good use. Bo was pleased as punch about that.
We had our annual neighborhood Fall Festival…which is no joke I tell you!
Pictures can’t really do it justice. Maybe next year I should get my brother to bring his drone to see the whole thing from a different angle.
There are bounce houses and bull-riding, and pony rides and climbing walls, face painting, and trick-or-treating…it’s pretty much a kid wonderland.
And also…chili and soups lined up as far as the eye can see:
I do love our neighborhood.
We carved pumpkins with our activity day girls:
And Shelly made some spooky Halloween treats:
Let’s get a closer look at these ones…
…we ran out of pumpkins so we carved up a couple apples too.
Grace and her friends went to the “dress up” high school football game like this:
Not sure what they were, but they sure had fun.
Lu and I met up with friends at the elementary school Fall Festival:
Dave and I went to an 80’s prom night party, and I’m mad this is the only picture I got:
There were some AMAZINGly good costumes there! Dave and I got through that night with no pictures since we were kind of lame dress-uppers…but I did crimp my hair and wear a look-alike Forenza sweater so there’s that…
Then it was FHE pumpkin carving night…which Claire made more festive with Grace’s wig:
Bo was super excited about it all as well as you can tell.
This picture below is the only one that has Dave in it…see him there on the left?
It’s unfortunate that that’s the only one we have because he was a master seed-scooper.
We tried out the drill for Claire’s which this picture doesn’t accurately portray her happiness about:
…and Grace worked so hard figuring out how to carve a skate-boarder. Quite creative I must say!
Lu worked her heart out morphing her pumpkin into a dog. Because she is all-things-dog right now.
And I (along with Dave as my scooper) tried out the pattern-route pumpkin carving.
Never done that before, in my growing-up family that was a little bit like cheating for some reason, but I gained an appreciation for how cool (and hand-cramping) those patterns can be.