Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween weekend

On Saturday, we took Nate to Stockeld Park (as a reward for something he earned). We went on a little "haunted treasure hunt maze" for young kids. Ben and I thought it was a bit over-priced for what it was, but Nate and Spence LOVED it, so I guess it was worth it.Nate was really good at following the clues. We let him choose which path to take in the maze and then if we went the right way, we would find a witch or a ghost or vampire where he could stamp a paper to prove he had found the right clue. At the end of the maze, the kids can turn in their paper for a prize.The boys really liked this mini-castle in the middle of the maze. It was haunted by a ghost!

There were also lots of scary and interesting noises coming from the bushes along the maze. Here is Ben talking to Spencer about one of the sounds they heard...
We finally made it to the end of the maze! There was this big spinning metalic globe for some reason. If you look closely, you can see my reflection...(proof I was there too)!

A few hours and one much needed nap later (by Spence, not by me), we carved our pumpkins! The boys picked the faces they wanted, and Daddy helped carve them out.
Nate got increasingly grossed out the more he participated in helping de-goo his pumpkin. You can see the disgust grow on his face in each picture. So I did him a solid and de-gooed the rest.And then there was Spencer....his contribution to the evening was to, well....inspect the insides and taste test the pumpkin. Thanks, Spence! Such an integral part of the pumpkin carving process.Finished masterpieces! Can you tell which Halloween movie we had been watching?
(The Nightmare Before Christmas...was it really that hard?)

Then on Halloween Sunday...we woke up to this! The fog was really thick...pretty perfect I think.

Then we lit the pumpkins for the trick-or-treaters that night...
(We let the boys help pass out candy since it was Sunday and we didn't go out ourselves).
We weren't sure what to expect, since this was our first Halloween in England. We live closer to the countryside than in town, but we still got a few kids. It was soooo different than we are used to in America. Overall, I'd say it was a really fun Hallowe'en here in England! They celebrate Guy Fawkes Day next on November 5th (a.k.a. Bonfire Night). It sounds interesting...I'll let you know how it goes!


Steve and Donna said...

wow- fun posts and love the fog- very appropiate! Spencer is our litte sampler :)

Coordination Queen said...

Looks like yall had fun. I love the pumpkins!

xoxo, andrea said...

darth vadar! ahh and i love the pumpkins! :)