We had a fun Halloween. This was the first year both kids really understood what was going on which made things more enjoyable.
We started out the festivities the night before by carving pumpkins.
Neither of the kids were too sure about sticking their hands in the pumpkin goop, but they warmed up to it.
Both kids picked what they wanted on their pumpkins and mom and dad helped them cut it out.
Ella's was a self portrait. She was vary particular about how everything looked.
After hers was done, Ella moved on to help Daddy with his and Alex's. I love the look of concentration with the tongue hanging out.
Next year we might just stick with 2 pumpkins until the kids can carve their own.
And since my pumpkin looks better in the light, it gets a picture all its own.
I wanted a witch hat to put on it, but didn't feel like hunting one down.
And in all their lit up glory:
Alex's is the monster and Anton's the peeping Tom, which I thought was completely appropriate per his known habits (fourth picture down).
On Halloween itself we had mummy dogs for dinner:
Ella dressed up as Annie wearing a dress my mom made me when I was her age, and Alex dressed up as a knight.
Their favorite part was grandpa setting up the Great Pumpkin.
He makes a new face for it every year, and it glows in the dark.
At the end of the night he lets the grandkids climb inside of it and make pumpkin shadows. Such fun!
But before all that, we got the pumpkins set up:
Ella was acting really lethargic all night long. It's no surprise she woke up this morning with a barking cough and talking like a frog. This is what she looked like all night:
Poor thing. She wanted so badly to hand out candy and go trick-or-treating with her cousins, I just couldn't send her to bed.
The kids had fun trick-or-treating, even though we didn't go to many houses since it was too cold for the parents outside.
And that's about it. Fun times.