Halloween ended up being yet another celebration that lasted over a month! We started in September when I put out some “Halloween friends” in the backyard and ended with an annual spookfest at the neighbor’s.
We started off with an unseasonably cold weekend at the beginning of the month and a visit from Colin’s cousins from downstate Illinois. We decided to head out to Naperville to Uncle Kevin’s and Aunt Debbie’s for some bowling, pumpkin carving, outdoor exploring, and s’mores. At the end of the day, we were able to leave Aunt Debbie’s front porch decorated for the holiday with four happy, glowing pumpkins.
The following weekend was our Boston trip for a family wedding. We stayed in town a few extra days and found some Halloween fun. We spent a spooky night in Salem, Massachusetts wandering the cobblestone streets searching for witches and a beautiful, warm day at Belkin Family Lookout Farm. The morning we spent at the pumpkin farm was absolutely fabulous. We arrived early and took the train ride to the Children’s Play Area. There was so much fun to be had – a burlap maze, hay pyramid, playground, farm animals, jumpy house, and more! We left with a small pumpkin that we could fit into our suitcase for the plane ride home.
The weekend before Halloween, our neighborhood park held the Portage Park Pumpkin Patch. The weather was pleasant, so we took out the wagon and walked over to the park to see what Halloween fun we could find. We were surprised to find Tigger and Elmo there! Colin liked talking to them. Colin also jumped, bounced, and laughed in the jumpy house and played a Halloween version of Bozo Buckets. It was a great way to spend the morning in the neighborhood.
At last, we were ready to prepare for the big day itself! Daddy and Colin carved a pumpkin in the basement. Colin designed a sad pumpkin face with small rectangle eyes and a big rectangle nose. This year, we also painted a pumpkin in support of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Houses with a teal pumpkin on the front porch had treats that were safe for children with food allergies. We had a separate bowl of treat that included stamps, bat rings, and glow in the dark bugs. Gramma came over and we waited for the neighbors to trick or treat. Then, right when the trick or treating was about to begin, the snow began. It wasn’t just a few snowflakes here and there, it was a blustery storm that dropped slushy snow all everywhere. Colin didn’t care one bit! He had a blast visiting all the neighbors, ringing door bells, and collecting candy. After thawing out from trick or treating, we headed to a neighbor’s house for chili and treats.
The Switch Witch came to visit our house on Halloween night while Colin was sleeping. After the Halloween fun and trick are treating were done for the night, we put Colin’s carved pumpkin on the dining room table with his bucket of trick or treating candy. The next morning, Colin awoke to find that, indeed, the Switch Witch had come, taken all of Colin’s unsafe candy, and left peanut-free candy and toys. Colin was so excited and has been enjoying playing with his new doctor’s set and Matchbox cars. Of course, he’s really enjoying his sugary treats, too!
Halloween ended on November 1st when we went to our neighbor’s annual Halloween party. Colin had been watching them put up their decorations for a while and was excited to check out the spooky skeletons and spiders. Lots of neighborhood families came in full costume and stayed well into the night eating pumpkin bars, chips, and pizza. It was a great way to finally close out the Halloween holiday!