Pumpkin Carving is a family Halloween tradition we take pretty seriously. Research is done, sketches are made, and designs are meticulously drawn on pumpkins. My mom hovers around until the pumpkins are emptied out so she can get her hands on all the seeds. She dries out some of the seeds for planting in the Spring but the majority she salts and cooks for us to snack on as we carve. I love the smell of a freshly cut pumpkin, maybe that’s just me; it’s not typically a scent available in fall candle form. Of course the best part is lighting up the jack-o-lanterns to see how our designs turned out!
This year I went with Simba; Elowyn is growing up so fast and lions were her favourite animal last year around this time. Dave made her current favourite, the Triceratops! Elowyn has been very interested in dinosaurs for the last six months. After studying with her dad, she’s able to teach me dinosaurs I’ve either completely forgotten about or never knew in the first place.
Dinos Elowyn can identify and say pretty well:
- Triceratops (although sometimes she just says “Tops”)
- Pterodactyl (I think this one isn’t actually a dinosaur?)
There might be more, but I’ve already confessed I’m not a dinosaur expert. So when Halloween came around this year there was no question as to what Elowyn would want to dress up as! My sister beat us to costume shopping and found Elowyn an awesome Pterodactyl costume that she has been playing in throughout the month of October.
Was it a surprise she would let me do her face-paint? Yes! Elowyn’s favourite dinosaur is the triceratops and since I wasn’t sure if she would wear her costume all night I figured face-paint would be a fun idea.
Silly comment I get a few times a year since having Elowyn: “But you can’t go trick-or-treating, you live in an apartment”
Who made up that rule? Living in a condo just means you get to pick the best spot to trick-or-treat in! We’ve been scoping out local streets these last few weeks to pick the most decorated route. Some houses in our neighbourhood go all out!
There was a house taken over by haunted Disney dolls. Plenty of giant pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls. Beautifully carved pumpkins, smoke machines, spooky music playing, a bottom-less-pit, and actors ready to jump out and scare you. So was Elowyn afraid?
Well I’ve been getting her ready for Halloween by showing her Halloween songs, talking about trick-or-treating and teaching her the common imagery she would encounter. It seemed to work! She was a little shy at first. As we would approach the door she would say, “Trick-or-Treat” and “Happy Halloween” but when the door would open and she was offered candy she would reply “No Halloween, No Chocolate, No Trick-or-Treat!”. Typical toddler behaviour. That lasted for a handful of houses but then she warmed up and would even chose her own candy. She ended up with quite the haul!
Elowyn had a very eventful Halloween this year. We attended a party earlier this month where we had dressed up as a “Wine and Cheese Party”.
I’ve always wanted to make a DIY costume but this was the first year I started early and actually got it done! Dave even had a tiny mouse friend on his shoulder dying to eat the cheese. It was Dave’s idea to put our costumes on a string lanyard so we could easily take them on and off which was very handy. Maybe next year Elowyn will be able to help me with the crafting process.
It has been a few months since I’ve taken Elowyn to Kidnasium and I saw that they were going to have a bouncy castle on Halloween. I took Elowyn there so that she would expend tons of energy and then get a solid nap in before we went trick-or-treating.
My mom plan worked perfectly.
What I didn’t account for was how many laps she would have me do around the gym! There was a baby playing in the ball-pit who looked to be the same age as Elowyn when I first took her to Kidnasium, around 9 months old. She was looking at Elowyn running around and her dad said to her, “You’ll be big like that girl one day and I’ll be chasing you”. Things change so quickly at this stage; it really doesn’t feel like that long ago that we were encouraging Elowyn to crawl. Now she’s a bold risk-taker at the gym fearlessly climbing on all the apparatuses. As always she loved the bouncy castle.
At one point she looked out the window and saw a parade of elementary school children dressed up for Halloween. She was trying to guess what each of them was dressed up as and was tapping the window thinking they might see her too.
Elowyn was in awe of the big kids, “Halloween children! Mommy look!”. I smiled and said, “That will be you in a few years!”.
I think she’ll love school and I’ll be the one crying watching her wave goodbye on her first day.
After we left, I asked Elowyn if she had fun and she said, “Yes, bouncy bouncy!”. I asked her again today if she had fun yesterday on Halloween and she said, “Yes, bouncy! Trick-or-treat”. She’s starting to remember more and more of our fun activities. These special days we share together won’t last forever so I plan to make them all count. A new adventure awaits for you each day as long as you go looking for it.
I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!