Like most of our friends, Jonathan and I are REALLY into halloween. So it was no surprise when I started dressing Violet up early. We got a few costumes and holiday themed clothing items handed down to us and I just couldn't resist one on sale at Babies R Us. Violet was a good sport throughout the whole month. Daddy was a little less enthusiastic. He thinks I'm embarrassing her. Well... he's RIGHT! I only have a precious few years before I have no more say in what my child wears. I know this from first hand experience.
We met Irene and Natasha at the park one afternoon for some more swinging and sliding. Good thing they weren't wearing the same skull sweatshirts... because they do actually have the same little skull sweatshirt....
Grandma came to visit the week before Halloween and we had a nice time hanging out. I got to decorate the front yard and we spent a little time out there taking pictures. Violet was totally busting out of the little velvet bat costume. The snaps kept popping open and she was only barely able to sit up on her own for these pictures. She kept flopping over into the grass. But with a little patience and help from Grandma we got some great pics!
We had a total of 7 pumpkins to carve. We did two the previous Wednesday at Marisa's pumpkin carving party. The last 5 we carved on Friday night before halloween. Of course I have to be all fancy and special with the electric pumpkin carving knife so it takes a little longer but the results were fantastic as usual.
On Saturday we dressed Violet up in her butterfly halloween costume and did another photo shoot in the front yard. Grandma had picked up the giant rubber duck at a store on the island so of course we had to have the baby riding the duck! That evening we headed over to Chez Neumansky to see their fantastic decorations, meet up with other friends and hang out. Violet didn't deal really well with being out so far past her bed time so it was kind of an early night.
On Sunday we continued our tradition from last year. I made beef stew and we hung out on the porch steps while the candy grubbing children came by to beg for treats. A couple of the neighbors happily had some beef stew, Gwydion & Anna came over to hang out and shoot things with air soft rifles and Jonathan got to show off his lightsabers to anyone who came by in a Star Wars costume.