For Halloween decor we draped the house inside and out with Halloween cobwebbing and dozens of pumpkins big and small. The kids, as always, designed and carved their own jack-o-lanterns (with a little help for the sharp parts!)
Halloween dinner featured our usual jack-o-lantern stuffed orange peppers and pumpkin-styled drinks with lollipop ghosts and Halloween-themed cupcakes.
For crafts this year we made block jack-o-lanterns using orange and black building blocks,
pom-pom pumpkins using homemade wool pom-poms for the body and twisted craft wax for the stem,
and popsicle stick spiderwebs using criss-crossed popsicle sticks.
This year, for the first time ever, the kids all wanted different costumes and dressed up without a theme.
Baby went as a ladybug - one of a couple dozen costumes in the dress-up play chest in the basement, he's worn it out visiting, to his brothers' soccer games, and to the grocery store. It seemed a natural choice for an actual costume-appropriate occasion! Middle Child went as Leonardo - he's obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And Oldest Child decided to dress up as Creeper from Minecraft. We couldn't find anything in the stores so I made it myself with cardboard boxes, dollar store tablecloths, paint chips and pantyhose. I'm pretty proud of that homemade Creeper costume, if I do say so myself!