For Family Home Evening, we carved pumpkins. This task becomes less overwhelming as the kids get older and become more capable of scooping out their own pumpkins, and even carving them, in some cases. This means Chad and I aren't responsible for carving 5 pumpkins on our own, with guidance from under-12's.
They so look forward to this. They planned out what face they wanted, and which pumpkin they'd carve out. Even Ella worked on hers alone with just a little help from Dad at Activity Days earlier in the week.
Thank goodness Matthew is happy with simple shapes for his face! Micah's was more complicated, following a pattern, pieces breaking off, and the carving running into difficulty.
Here they are with their pumpkins! (Except for Micah, who was wholly unhappy with his finished product. Sorry, buddy! We tried!)
Above: Miss Bentley (Micah's teacher), and Mira during their Halloween parade at school. I love that all these parents come to support the kids. We sit and get to watch all the kids from the school parade through the gym in their varied costumes.
One of Colin's biggest holidays is Halloween. (The other is 4th of July because of the fireworks!) He'd been planning for months what he could make, how much money he needed to save to buy decorations, spray paint, etc. And he really went to work! He was so creative and I was proud of everything he accomplished. I know he was really wanting to get all the decorations up earlier, but a lot of them were still left undone the night before Halloween. So he and I went outside and got to work. He made signs, strung lights, hung up decorations, and put the whole thing together.
Above is Mrs. Heinecke, Mira's teacher. Below is Micah the werewolf.
M. Legrand, Ella's French teacher.
Ella, dressed as a rock star:
Below are the four kids before leaving for school. I had a great picture of Colin with his 11 pounds of candy at the end of the night. He had it all sorted. It was amazing how much he and Orion got!
At the end of the night, the girls, along with our neighbor, Victoria, closed themselves in their bedroom and sorted through their stash. They were happy with the results!
Mr. Matthew ready (or not) for Trick-or-Treating!
Here we are with the end results of all of Colin's hard work. He even convinced his siblings to chip in some money to help buy the black grim reaper, hanging from the light fixture. He had a CD player hidden in the leaves, playing really spooky music.
Above is the whole crew (minus Colin and Orion, Micah, and Mom...who is taking the picture). Fun!
All the little touches...
Colin and Orion. Those two had a map of the neighborhood and had planned out exactly which route they were taking, and how many houses they'd get. Colin brought along his backpack with water bottle and carrots. A true Bear Grylls!