The girls love to play dress-up, practically every day. Princess dresses are the most common choice (Nana F. lives in Florida and loves shopping when things are deeply discounted!), but the girls love dressing-up in anything that is not... normal school-wear clothing. Thus, as you can imagine, they love Halloween!
OK, so there are two reasons they like Halloween... dressing up and the candy. They are normal kids after all!
The festivities started this year when we visited our favorite greenhouse to purchase some pumpkins. After a fun time of roasting marshmallows, a horse-drawn wagon ride, feeding the chickens and fish, and playing in a hay-bale maze, we found the perfect pumpkins.
The girls finding their way through the maze.
Riding on the horse-drawn wagon.
The girls and their pumpkin loot!
Playing on one of the garden statues.
Now that we had the pumpkins, it was time to start carving! The Baby Butterfly had her own perfect pumpkin, and was so excited that she was going to be a part of the process of cleaning and carving her pumpkin. That was... until... she actually had all of the pumpkin guts on her hands. It truly amazes me that a child who devours her food with gusto, and in the process will get food on her from head to toe and she won't even bat an eye. But, cleaning out a pumpkin really freaks her out and makes her seem like she has OCD. Who knew?
Daddy and Mommy did all of the carving of the pumpkins. Of course Daddy did all of the drawing of the pumpkin faces. I just love that Daddy is so artistic... not a stencil in site!
The Butterfly's pumpkin being devoured by a larger pumpkin!
This pumpkin was grossed out by the cannibal pumpkin!
The Ladybug's... ladybug pumpkin!
Anyway, after Mommy cleaned out her pumpkin, the Bug was more than happy to supervise the carving process. She is a girl who really enjoys being in charge! (BTW, she is munching on freshly cooked pumpkin seeds.)
Daddy came up with a great idea of having the Butterfly's little pumpkin being devoured by one of the larger ones. The little one loved the idea and was so excited that her pumpkin was such a pivotal part of the pumpkin decorations.
Following the pumpkin carving, the Ladybug and I decided to make some special holiday treats... chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes. Yum! You cannot deny, this kiddo has come baking skills!
With all of this fun, I can only imagine all of the fun the girls will have tomorrow when they walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating. This will be so much fun! I cannot wait. In the mean time, here are the girls in their costumes. They had a Halloween party today and I took the opportunity to get some pics of them in their outfits.
Sassy Alice in Wonderland.
Cutie-pie Minnie Mouse.
My beautiful Ladybug as Alice.
My retro Minnie!
Enjoy a wonderful Halloween!!!