Halloween 2013 round up!

Another Halloween has come and gone and another month long celebration has come to an end. This year, although it was a little more low-key than the past years, it was still quite busy. This year, we unfortunately did not go to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland, which I was not too happy about. But we did get to go to Boo at the Zoo at the Los Angeles Zoo. We also maintained our tradition of going to the Halloween Treats in the Street in Old Town Orange, CA. 
I love this event, although it has gotten busier over the last few years, it is still a lot of fun. We like to go early enough to pick a complimentary book from the Orange Community Council and have our hand prints done courtesy of the Orange Police Department. 
Another adjustment for us was trying to find a "good" pumpkin patch. Growing up, we just picked up a pumpkin from the grocery store, but when I married Mark, and was introduced to country living (Norco, CA) I discovered the massive pumpkin patches with rides and games and petting zoos! I was unable to get out that way in time and had to hunt down a decent patch! Luckily I found one some 15 miles away (all street). After some chaos on a slide that was too big for my littles, we found a slide they were happy to climb and slide down again and again. Their faces while coming down the slide seem so genuinely happy, and they make my heart happy. :) 
Pumpkin carving is a fun tradition, I let them draw their faces, unless they ask for help, they scoop and I carve. Maybe next year, we will try to get a little more creative. 
This year I had a new challenge at hand. My girls are both in preschool, not the same preschool, but two different preschools! With 18 kids in one class, 27 kids and 27 student teachers in another class, I had to come up with something quick and easy. The cups were $1.50 for 20 at Target, I glued googly eyes that I had on hand, and green tissue paper that I cut to resemble hair. I bought a couple packs of Halloween pencils for $1 each, a bulk box of fruit snacks, and a bag of candy. About $20 for 72 Classroom Halloween Treats! 
The littlest was allowed to wear her costume to school and trick or treat with her classmates and student teacher throughout the high school. Her teacher (Pocahontas) gave a little Halloween gift basket and posed for pictures with my little red riding hood. My oldest had fun at school and passed out treats but will have a Fall Festival at her school the following day. 
They could not wait for it to get dark enough to go trick or treating, and since it was getting a little chilly, I took them out as the sun was setting. Our neighborhood is such a wild place for trick or treating, families come from all around the surrounding area and travel in groups of 6-10 kids each. We easily go through 20 lbs of candy each year.
This is probably their first year of really remembering Halloween and Trick or Treating and I think they had a blast. A really fun part of this year's Halloween for me, was noticing the girls as they recognize the Halloween theme in their cartoons and books. This year we read Curious George goes to a Costume Party and watched Curious George a Halloween Boofest over and over again. We also read The Monster of the Woods by Claire Freedman and Russell Julian and Max and Ruby's Spooky Bunny TalesThe holidays are starting to get fun with these two! I can't wait until they have more input on their costumes, activities and decorations. Well, until next year!  

Curious George: A Halloween Boofest! Airs Monday Oct. 28!

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Hooray it's Halloween! I love Halloween, it is my favorite time of year and honestly, Halloween starts on October 1st in our household. There are so many fun things to do and make that all lead up to the finale of Halloween night. 
This year, as part of our month long celebration I bought some Halloween books for them to read (they are both in preschool, so technically I read the books, and Lacey memorizes the words). We received Curious George Goes to a Costume Party-Jorge el curioso va a una fiesta de disfraces, a bilingual book by Margret & H.A. Rey I was thrilled because although I do not speak Spanish fluently, I would be able to read to them in Spanish and English and go over some of the vocabulary with them. I loved it, and so did Lacey. She kept asking, "How do you say ... in Spanish?" Fun! The book is about George going to a costume party unprepared and having to try on various costumes. 
We are such fans of PBS and Curious George, the girls were very excited to get to watch Curious George: A Halloween Boofest an all-new full-length movie with 3 new songs, including "It's Halloween Today," sung by Pat Monahan the lead singer of Train. It airs October 28 on PBS Kids. 
On a day that my nephew visited, we had a special viewing of the movie. (With popcorn of course!) You know it's a good movie when two 3 year old's and a 4 year old all sit through an entire movie. They loved it, and so did I! The movie is about George's first Halloween in the country. He learns about the legend of No Noggin, a hat kicking scarecrow that haunts their town on Halloween. Of course, George is determined to see No Noggin for himself, and a bunch of silliness occurs.  

I don't know about your kids, but my oldest is always on pbskids.org it is one of her favorite sites. FYI: There are some awesome printable Masks in English and in Spanish and a Tic Tac Toe game in English and Spanish! Check them out!