Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pre-Halloween Halloween Festivities

We have been really excited about G's costume this year and have been working really hard on it.  We are finally ready to unveil it to the world, and we have been taking part in all of the Halloween events we can find. 

Yesterday, we visited Chip's school for Pumpkin Centers, which are pumpkin-themed (we don't want to offend anyone with pagan Halloween references!) activities.  The room moms did such a great job organizing the events, and we had a lot of fun helping.

They made pumpkin pie in a cup.  Delish!

He had a checklist on his nametag to be sure he visited all of the centers.

Matt ran the "guess how many candy corn are in the jar" contest and let the kids get a snack of trail mix.

Our name tags say "Scary Matt Angle" and "Batty Angle"

For dinner, we went to Jim 'N Nick's with the Brociouses so G and Christopher could get together in their costumes.

Jango Fett and Boba Fett.

Father and son in action.

The bounty hunters show off their jet packs.

After dinner, we went to the Trunk Or Treat, which means trick-or-treating out of car trunks, at West Ridge Church.  It isn't our church, but we do know a few parishioners there and have been there for various things over the years, including our flood cleanup with Samaritan's Purse.  It's a really great place, and we always feel welcome there.  The Conners had a Hawaiian-themed tent there, so we grabbed Drew and took him trunk-or-treating with us, too.

Boba Fett in action.

Boba Fett meets Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Boba Fett and Obi-Wan show off their technique.

Putt-putt Fett.

G woke us up this morning by saying, "Happy Day-Before-Halloween!"  He is so very excited.  He's been getting so many compliments from kids and adults alike, and we think he really believes he becomes Boba Fett every time he puts on his costume.  He is more excited for Halloween this year than he ever has been, so it's been a really fun week so far.

Since PSR (Parish School of Religion) began, we haven't had time on Sunday morning for our traditional big breakfast.  We didn't want to give it up altogether, so we moved it to Saturday morning, before soccer.  This morning's fare was chocolate chip pancakes for M and G and plain with extra syrup for me.

He ate the eyes and nose of his happy face pancake, leaving a perfect chocolate chip smile.

After soccer, we went down to Atlantic Station for their Howl-O-Ween festivities, including a costume contest.

This guy really wanted Chip to take off his helmet, but we thought that was pretty strange, so we let him keep it on.

Of course, we ate lunch at Moe's!

We took a train ride around Atlantic Station.

While Chip and I were on the train, we spotted this good-looking guy standing against a tree.

Last minute preparations for the costume contest, while other kids mob him.  By the way, is that kid supposed to be Manny from Modern Family?  I asked him and he didn't know.

Fett relaxes and takes in the scenery.

Here he is on stage.

Fett on the catwalk.

Relaxing after a delicious chocolate- and peanut-covered Nutter Butter at Kilwin's.

We have had a great day today, and we will look forward to sharing tomorrow's festivities with you.  There is something special about the sense of humor and mischievousness that just isn't present in other holidays, and I think that's why it fits well with our little family.  We hope that you have great fun tomorrow, too!