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Thursday, November 1, 2012

All things Halloween!

While one of my least favorite holidays, this Halloween I was really looking forward to dressing my girls up in matching costumes and taking Avery trick or treating around our neighborhood.
The festivities began on the Saturday before Halloween, when we went to Halloween on Elm in downtown Carlsbad. It is an entirely free festival with all the businesses offering candy to trick or treaters, balloon animal-makers, face painters, bounce houses, slides, crafts, drawings and a costume contest. The downside of free festivals are the CROWDS! But Avery seemed to get the concept of trick or treating better than last year, though she wanted to sit down and eat every piece of candy as she received it...
On Halloween day, we had a big party with my amazing playgroup at our house. We had a great turn-out and the kiddos looked adorable, of course. I got to try a few fun Pinterest party snacks and everyone had a great time!

Monster mouths
(apples with peanut butter and almond slices)

"Pumpkin" rice krispie treats

Monster yogurt cups
(tinted vanilla yogurt with mini choco chips on top)
15 kids in this pic and there were at least 5 not pictured...

Avery checking out Kathleen's awesome beekeeper costume
(with her bumblebee Rhys in the background!)

Ref Connor playing at the sand table

Some of us moms

"Katy Perry" jumping on the trampoline with Avery, Connor and Karsen

My sweet cupcakes!!
Later that night we went to our friends the Labrums house for dinner and treats, then trick or treated all the way home! Avery didn't get to bed until almost 9 and we didn't get to bed until after 11.
What an exhausting but fun day! I think the older the girls get the more "into" this holiday we will become. :)
Until next year...


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