Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ralls Family Halloween 2009 Extravaganza!!

We celebrated Halloween all month long this year! We started out picking out pumpkins from the local "pumpkin patch" (aka Smith's Grocery Store). The kids wanted to color their pumpkins with Daddy one night. So we let them.

The city had a big Halloween activity one night. A street downtown was blocked off for the party. The kids got all dressed up. My Dorothy and Scarecrow:

They had a few games for the kids, like a bean bag toss, a golfing game, and a few others. There were prizes (i.e., spider rings and Halloween pencils) at each activity. They also had pumpkin carving and costume contests.

Then there was a trunk of treat. That's what we were really there for. :) Local business hand out candy for the kiddos and fliers, ads, and coupons for the parents. Free advertising for them, free candy and entertainment for us. The last trunk was the "Mystery Machine" van! The kids LOVE Scooby Doo lately, so they were super excited for that one! They couldn't have cared less about Shaggy or Velma or anyone else. They just wanted to meet Scooby. I tried to get a picture, but Jack took his candy and was done. :)

Later on in the month the kids and I carved our pumpkin. Guess what they picked.

For our weekly story time at the library the kids wore costumes and made these little ghost pouches. Then they trick-or-treated all the librarians.

A favorite tradition of ours is going to Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point in Utah. The kids have loved going with their aunts every year. We took Madie and Maren and Maren's friend Erin.

Jack rode on this little toy while the other kids played on the giant jumping pillow:

The raced on the slides. Maren won:

There was a new little 3D fun house. I made the kids all pose in their super awesome glasses.

We went for a couple of rides. The first was cows cars pulled by tractors, the second just little carts behind a tractor. Big hit with the kiddos.

The kids spent some time in jail:

Madie and Erin made it through the haunted monster with no problem, but Maren has cried every year. This year I made her go through with me. She freaked out a little and clung to me as if I she might die if she let go, but she made it through AND there were no tears!!

The corn box is always a favorite. We took turns burying everyone from the neck down. We came home with corn in our underwear.

The kids dressed up in the little Pumpkin Princess Village. Jack showed us his muscles:

And finally we stopped to take a picture on the giant rocking chair:

Then Halloween Day we met a few of my hair school friends for a brunch at IHOP. I'm lame and didn't take my camera. :( Then we hopped onto Grandpa's trailer and her pulled us around the neighborhood behind his 4-wheeler for some serious trick0-or-treating!! The kids scored loads of sugar. I ate way more of it than I should have. The last stop of the night is always the Carroll's. Instead of candy, they always have homemade donuts and hot chocolate. They moved this year, but came back to a neighbor's house just for us!! LOVE them!!

Then it was back to Grandma's for Taco Soup, cookies, candy, a nice warm bath, and BED!!

Hope you all had as much fun as we did!! Until next year!


Tiffany said...

this post made me kinda like halloween... i said kinda!!! only cause your kids look so cute in those costumes!

The Larson Family said...

Those costumes are so cute! And the kids in them are even cuter :) And I am very impressed with you pumpkin carving skills. Please tell me you used a pattern for that.

Lauren and Tyson Fiala said...

What a fun month with all those activities. And they look super cute in their costumes!

Emily said...

so cute! how fun to come home for halloween!

B2 said...

Looks like you guys had a GREAT October and Halloween! And holy cow! CONGRATS on #3!!! I'm so excited for you! I certainly hope you feel good! YAY!

Anonymous said...

first things first: um, your kids are FREAKING ADORABLE! LOVE,LOVE, LOVE their costumes :)

And the picture of all three of you, gorgeous!

It sounds like you had a very eventful October :) I'm super jealous of all the fun stuff you did.

Dusti said...

HEy miss mckenna RALLS.. you are so in trouble!!! you came home and didn't tell me...? Oh and CONGRATS on baby #3 I am so so excited for you. i won't let you off the hook next time missy...you better let me know when you come this way. That cornbellys is close to where I live..it looks so much fun I am so going there next year with my kids!!

Dusti said...

Yea just kidding about the cornbellys being by my house!

Jobi Niu said...

It was SOOOOO good to see you!! Cutest Dorothy and Scarecrow I've EVER seen!! I loved all the pictures, the one of you with your kids is SOOOooo CUTE!! You look GREAT! I'm so excited you're knocked up yo! ;) Love ya

Jason & Kelli West said...

loved all of the pictures that you showed us. It looks like you guys had a fun and happy halloween. love the costumes, and your kids are so cute!! i hope your work outs are still going strong! you rock!