Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween: The Non-Candy

Here's what we ate today that didn't come out of a bucket.  Pumpkin pancakes with Jack O' Lantern faces for breakfast. 

 The Fancy Tiger blog showed me that there was a new pie shop in Denver.  What what? I immediately called Brian and invoked him on an exploration excursion. 

 Jack and I shared a banana cream pie while Brian ordered a breakfast burrito pie slice.  The review from Jack in the above image is pretty much my reaction too.  I bought a savory beef pie to eat later. 

It was a super long, fun day.  Jack was a real trooper, considering his cold.  By the time we got to Chipotle for their $2 burrito-if-you-are-in-costume deal, he was wearing out.
After dinner and neighborhood trick-or-treating I curled up with him under a quilt and we watched It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  He thought Snoopy was hilarious.  A good teeth brushing, and then I tucked him in bed.  I could hear him over the monitor recounting the night as he fell asleep, "Rocket....candy....pumpkin...rocket...."  That pretty much sums it up.

Halloween: The Candy

First we hit the mall for trick or treating.  We met Amanda and the Tilly's: Mike, Trish, and Jack's friend Wolfie, who were dressed as the Yo Gabba Gabba crew.  
Ben found his costume on a Hot Topic board.
Even better, he found a co-star outside!  This kid was super psyched to see his Lumpy Space Princess pal.  His dad insisted we get photos.

The boys took a break to ride the kiddie Merry Go Round

 And to watch a spooky railroad set.

This image captures the moment Jack realized Wolfie was EATING a piece of bucket candy.
 (I love Amanda's Formal Complaint costume)

Doesn't this image sum it up?  Suckers in mouth, Wolfie checking out his friend's bucket.

Once the suckers came out, it was hard to keep the boys focused on the task of acquiring more.  They are a "live for the moment" type of creature.  

Luckily we were almost done.

 Our pumpkins at home.

I took Jack out to a few friendly neighbors on our block.  We ran into the Larsons!  April did an amazing job on all their costumes. 

Still zooming.

Brian's house was super spooky, as expected.  Organ music, strobe lights, a fog machine, and lots of decorations.  A great way to end the night. 

Halloween: The Costumes

Jack has been talking about rockets a lot this month, so that's what I made for his costume this year.

I struggled with the attached wings and booster rocket rig.  I should have attached the rocket pack directly to the shirt so the straps didn't pull up his shirt all day.  By the end of the night I clipped the wings off so the straps could fit backpack style.  That would have been a good fix too.  Oh well, live and learn. 

Pictures were tricky because he looks down when walking through leaves.  Also he has a cold:
So his energy was low all day.  But we got a few good shots :-)

Ben dressed as the Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time.  I was a plain old witch. 

After some launches, Jack wanted to play hide and seek.  We played one round, then got ready to trick-or-treat.

Halloween: The Pumpkins

Here is Jack on Sunday, pointing out the pumpkins.  (I love that the sweater I made is fitting for two seasons).

Today we invited Brian over to carve!  They were really cold inside from the snow fall last week.