Thursday, October 31, 2013

31 Days of Halloween: Day 31 - Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from our little Minion!

Oh and from our little Minion's favorite snack, Porkchop Banana too!

I hope all of you have a great Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

31 Days of Halloween: Day 30 - The Great Pumpkin

I am so excited for Halloween tomorrow! I know the Great Pumpkin will be bringing Ethan some special treats. I hope all of you have a great Halloween with your families tomorrow. I will be sure to share lots of pictures of ours. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

31 Days of Halloween: Day 29 - Our Halloween Traditions

We have always loved Halloween and then when we had Ethan, our love for the holiday has only grown. It's so much fun to introduce Ethan to our family traditions and create new ones. These are the traditions we have created for our family for Halloween.

1. Decorating for Halloween

It was so fun decorating the house for Halloween this year. Ethan was so little last year so I know he didn't remember the house being all decked out, but this year he was so excited about the decorations and he even wanted to help! He helped me put the ornaments on the Halloween tree and was so proud of himself. 

2. Going to the pumpkin patch

Going to Goebbert's is one of the things I look forward to all year long. We've been going there for 7 years now and we love it. It's been so fun introducing Ethan to it too. He had so much fun there this year and I know every year he will grow to love going there just like we do.

3. Halloween Crafts

I've had so much fun doing weekly crafts with Ethan and the best part is I know he's loved doing it too!

4. Halloween Books

After doing the 25 books of Christmas for Ethan last year and seeing how much he loves his books, I knew this would be perfect for Ethan. He loves reading all of his Halloween books and it will be fun to re-read them every year and add some new ones to the collection. 

5. Halloween treats for school

Last year I didn't make any treats for Ethan's daycare since he was so little, but now that he can partake in the candy treats this year, I wanted to make something special for his teachers and classmates. I made these candy bar wrappers and it will be fun to come up with something new each year.

6. Carve/Decorate Pumpkins

It was so fun having Ethan be able to participate this year in decorating our pumpkins. I don't think he'll be carving for a while, but it will be fun to come up with new ideas to decorate Ethan's pumpkin each year with whatever he is into at the time.

7. Glass Pumpkin Patch

This year was the first time we went to the Morton Arboretum glass pumpkin patch and it was amazing. Even though it was fiercely competitive we still got the pumpkin we wanted and we love it. I hope we can make it an annual tradition of going to pick out a glass pumpkin for our own collection.

8. Trick-or-Treating

Of course no Halloween tradition list would be complete without trick-or-treating! I'm so excited to see how Ethan will do this year now that he's walking, I can't wait!

Monday, October 28, 2013

31 Days of Halloween: Day 28 - Family Halloween Costume Ideas

I shared a couple weeks ago that we are going with a Despicable Me family costume theme. There are so many great and easy DIY ideas for themed costumes for the entire family.

BLT Family

The Incredibles


Willy Wonka

Harry Potter

Where's Waldo

Care Bears

Super Heros

Toy Story


Potato Heads

Sunday, October 27, 2013

31 Days of Halloween: Day 27 - Pumpkin Decorating Day!

On Friday we had a fun family day and decorated our pumpkins. We decided instead of carving this year we would paint our pumpkins so Ethan could participate more. We had a lot of fun but Ethan had the most fun making a mess, HA!

I thought the squash would make a perfect minion.

Ethan painted the squash yellow for the minion.

It started out innocent enough.

Then things started getting messy.

And messier

Yeah and this is where Ethan's pumpkin painting ended!

Our 2013 pumpkins!

Ethan's Minion pumpkin

My chevron pumpkin

Michael's aqua stripe pumpkin

And Porkchop's pumpkin (painted by Ethan)

Look Mama, it's a Minion!