Halloween and Halloween's Eve... lots of fun traditions. On Thursday night we carved pumpkins. The kids are getting older and more helpful. This year they actually scooped out all of the gunk themselves and designed their very own face. Haldan drew it on and carved it. We're hoping that by next year maybe they can draw their own face or we can get a template they could trace. Camille wasn't crazy about the pumpkin guts on her hands this year, but she did it anyhow. Probably just a phase. I have a hard time understanding why she'll pick up bugs and dirt, but not pumpkin (which is food)! We also made Frankenstein rice crispy treats for Connor's school party. They don't get to wear their costumes to school. I was fine with it until I learned that College Community gets to dress up and do the parade like I used to as a kid. Oh well. I think they know no different. It just makes me a little sad that they can't have the same traditions I had. For the last few Halloweens we've been getting together with the Jarbos and trick or treating in the Fairfax neighborhood near where they live. It's a super fun, kid friendly neighborhood and they go until the candy's gone or we tell them it's time to go home. This year we did about an hour 1/2 there and then came back to do a little of our neighborhood. There were a few scary homes and the kids had fun with them. Camille wasn't too sure about the people with masks that came out to scare the kids, which is a bit surprising. She's my kid that loves scary books and movies. She loves Goosebumps, which Connor wants no part in. We'll see how she is next year. I'd love to take them to a haunted house. Haldan was off this year. He says he's been off before, but this is the first Halloween I can remember him being home. When Connor was 2 he took him around a block or two then left for a night shift. It was fun to come home and have the kids trick or treat at our house. Our neighborhood isn't that big, but they were able to go to a few friend's homes before it was too late. Of course then you have to come home and dump it out and sort the stash. Overall it was a successful Halloween. It was unbelievably warm this year. It felt like we lived in a southern state. I think the high was 71 and the kids didn't even need jackets over their costumes. The last five or six years have been very frigid. Last year the kids kept having to jump back in the car to warm up and they had coats, scarves, hats, gloves, etc. You really couldn't even tell what their costume was. It was a very nice treat to have a warm Halloween. I'm already thinking about next year... wondering if I can think of some other theme I can talk my kids into dressing up like. We'll have to wait and see. I'm not sure the Jarbos will still be here. They are trying to sell their home and move to Denver. I guess we might have to start new traditons.