October & Halloween Happenings
This was Everett’s third Halloween and our chance to really start stepping up our Halloween traditions. Which this year meant stepping up our pumpkin game. In my mind I had several Instagram worthy traditions in mind to start including visiting a real pumpkin patch to get our pumpkins and some adorable carving time. While we did score on getting both tasks accomplished, we could have done better, team. Plus, what a glaring reminder that all is not gold that glitters when it comes to Instagram vs real life, right? See below to see what I mean.
As far a trick or treating went, we did get out in the freezing MN cold (about 30°F as usual) to hit up my parent’s, grandparent’s, and neighbor’s houses. As usual, all MN costumes must fit the following criteria: can we fit a Parka underneath? Besides wearing jeans, a long sleeve shirt, and a sweatshirt under his costume, Everett also had to wear his coat and hat over the top. We had to stop to unzip his coat and remove his hat right before we rung the doorbells for his actual costume to be seen. We still got cold and turned in after about 12 houses.
Is is just me, or has Halloween neighborhood Trick or Treating really taken a hit? We had a total of 7 kids at our door this year with many houses not giving out candy at all. Growing up in the Twin Cities, I was taught that Halloween was a chance to have some fun while connecting as a kid with your neighbors. It was about (on a deeper parental level) getting together as a community to let kids know who their neighbors were, so if they needed help they could go to those houses and know they would be welcome, safe, and assisted. So many kids only go to Halloween events and the neighborhood aspect has been lost – I try to walk the neighborhood with my son each year and talk with the neighbors if only briefly so my son will know they are good people, they can be trusted. Besides National Night Out, how do we preserve the neighborhood anymore? I hope next year we will see more kids again!
So after all that lofty talk, back to business, pumpkin business.
The Pumpkin Patch
As we live in the southern half of the Twin Cities, the closet pumpkin patch to us turned out to be Peter’s Pumpkins down in Shakopee. What a fun place to visit! The staff were so friendly and it was a very sweet store front. Of course, being that we decided to go last minute amongst crazy October schedules, we arrived just before a rainstorm. If only we had left an hour earlier it would have been sunny and less windy! Still, Everett made the best of it with us. It was a longer walk out to the Pumpkin Patch but they provide wagons with good treads for hauling those pumpkins (Everett enjoyed the ride). We may have come home with 4 pumpkins, mostly because Everett wouldn’t choose (go figure, a two year old wants them all?) and he also insisted on a green pumpkin that was not quite ready (we just colored it, not carved). I almost lost a lens cap to my camera (but found it under my seat!) and we made it out before the rain hit. So win?
Carving Our Pumpkins
Fast forward to Halloween day, when we traditionally have carved out pumpkins. (Re-thinking this timing by the way as it makes for a very busy afternoon/evening.) After weeks of saying hi to our pumpkins on the front porch, Everett was a bit, um, upset by the idea of bringing them indoors to…carve them. What do you mean my beautiful pumpkins must be gutted!?! He calmed down when we got to the best part of drawing our designs on them in sharpie. Everett got a bit covered in sharpie marker and continued doodling as my husband scooped them out. As usual, poor dad got relegated to the duty of the slimy mess inside the pumpkin (no one else wanted to touch it). Then, as more usual, the toddler walks away and I ended up putting down my camera to go chase the toddler so…the pictures end at that point with no finished product. But – those pumpkins are still cute a week later out on the front porch! But away they go to the trash later in the week (hopefully when Everett is sleeping so he won’t be traumatized).
So…Happy November folks! Looking forward to updating you again on some of our November happenings!