Earlier this month I shared what fall was like for me, especially growing up. Now, also in participation with Hallmark's Life is a Special Occasion focus in October, I thought I'd mention the little traditions I celebrate with my kids.
So, how do I put this? My husband and I were brought up with different views on Halloween. We chose to just cross that bridge when the kids were older. And when that bridge came, we tiptoed around until we both agreed the kids could dress up and trick or treat.
We're still cautious about what they are exposed to regarding haunted houses and scary costumes, so yes, we tend to censor that stuff for now. We trick or treat in our small neighborhood and go early when the younger kids are out. Sometimes there's a party at church or school and we go to what we can.The fun parts and the dressing up - we do that, and they love it.
This year Noah really wanted to be a skeleton and thus began the almost impossible search to find one that wasn't frightening. We did come across an x-ray costume, but I admit I still think the mask looks a bit mad. So, it gets little face time around here. Carter first made two big pointy hands out of yellow construction paper and called it a scorpion but while shopping for Noah's 'stume he decided to be a robot instead. Ivy has several to choose from and this past weekend for a party she went as a green monster. She also plans to be a butterfly princess and girl with a blue wig. And Gray was set on being Batman from the very beginning.
As much as I dream about a beautifully decorated home for all seasons with the clever trinkets and coordinating colors, despite a few pumpkins outside, I really don't do anything else. I want to, but it just never seems to happen. And that's okay. Sometimes a glass pickle jar full of colorful mums on the table is just enough and it makes me smile and anyway.
A bit of a sidenote- another goal of mine has been to get more of my photos into frames instead of them just hanging out in my computer. So, in an effort to make my home more festive, I took pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes this year and actually put them in some frames. (If you can believe it, I had not one picture of Ivy in our house.) Ordering a few 1-hour prints is super affordable and great at giving the appearance that I really have it all together... (perfectly imperfect, right?) And hopefully this will force me to remember to change them out for Thanksgiving and Christmas and beyond.
One thing we definitely do every year is carve pumpkins - if only to harvest their seeds for baking. In the past we've tried to follow those fancy carving patterns but have found just creating whatever we could get those darn kid-safe knives to cut is totally awesome.
I roast the pumpkin seeds by first separating the seeds from the pumpkin strings as best as I can, then rinse out in a colander. Most recipes call for patting them dry with paper towel or even microwaving for a short time but I usually am impatient and skip that step. I toss them in a bowl with olive oil and salt (and sometimes cayenne pepper if I'm making a batch for myself) and put in the oven on 350 for about 30-45 minutes, using a spatula to turn them once or twice. Take them out when they are crispy and starting to change color. Delicious!
I needed to bring a spooky treat to the party the other night and the only thing I tend to make for such an event anymore is veggie pizza - because I know my kids will eat it and also it's crazy-easy. This is based off an old Pampered Chef recipe from a billion years ago and I just arranged the veggies to help with the spooky part (click on photo for recipe.)
How do you do Halloween? Do you do Halloween? Have any perfectly imperfect fall moments you'd like to share? Comment or link to your post below - I'd love to read about it!
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