Considering it's mid-November (okay, nearly the end of November), I guess it's about time I blogged about Halloween. I was about to post about how the boys met Santa last night, then realized, "Ooops, Halloween came first."
One week before Halloween, we went to a party for Chuck's work called "Racktoberfest" and the kids were to come in costume. They had a blast.
They did bungee racing. I love how Chance's harness is around his knees. LOL
Their masks didn't stay on long; it was hard for them to see in them.
Shooting an innocent bystander. Just look at Chance's face! I can almost hear the Vader theme song.
So when they went to get their faces painted, I asked if we could "paint" their masks on...
She did a great job.
Yoda wasn't going to go for a green face, so he got a car on his arm instead.
And, so I have to throw this in...The kids got to play lazer tag, and honestly, it looked so fun, I joined in. I guess my conversion to a boy-mom is officially complete! Those 5 year old boys didn't stand a chance...
The next day, Nana and Big Daddy came to visit and we went to a pumpkin patch.
I didn't get many pictures, but we did get pumpkins, which we painted the next day...
If you look closely, you'll see another appearance of Charlie's clone trooper mask...
The next day, Chuck came down with the swine flu. Thankfully, it was mild. He had fever, aches, and diarrhea for about 36 hours. We kept him quarantined for another 48 hours after that, and he was well just in time to go to the Halloween party!
Also, the day before Halloween, Chance had his party at school. I haven't even edited those photos yet; I'm so behind! But all of the kids put on costumes, all the parents line the halls and give candy to the kids as they parade by. It is SO fun!
And as an aside, I must mention, I love how the Oak Hills Church PreK handles Halloween. Christians are faced with the dilemma of how involved they should be, if at all, on Halloween, given it's evil nature and roots. We've thought, discussed, studied and prayed because truly it's something that could influence our children. While I don't know that there's a definitive answer to this issue, (it's more of a conscience matter), we've used it as a time to teach the kids about the difference between a fun costume and trick-or-treating, and participating in anything that promotes fear. So, what I love about Oak Hills Prek is that they have this costume parade, but they ask that no one wear scary costumes. It's a hard thing to balance, and I think they've done it. Hopefully I'll get to those photos and get'em up sometime (probably on Christmas, ha!!).
Ok, so onto the big day. I managed, well Chuck managed... to find a Leia costume on craigslist the day of Halloween! I also bought the boys face paint and was going to paint their faces so they could ditch the masks. I wasn't sure I could do as well as the artist did the week before... But then the boys decided they didn't want their faces painted. Ahh, boys...
Anyhow, we meet up at our friend Sarah's house, as we have for the last 3 years. Our group keeps growing, and it's so much fun seeing 30 kids descend on a neighbor's front door, ha!!
The whole group, minus some parents who took the pictures. Thanks, Philip, for this one!
And thanks, Sarah J, for this one!
Han Solo and Princess Leia (or "Pwincess Weia" as Chance would say).
Thank you, Jones' family, for another fun Halloween!!