Happy All Saints Day, my friends! I'm just popping in quickly to share some pictures from my family's "doings" yesterday. What a lovely day it was - perfect Halloween weather: clear and crisp, but not too cold for trick or treaters. Because it was a Saturday we were able to spread the fun throughout the day and then host a family supper before heading out with the younger boys to trick-or-treat ...
Here's a little peek at our day:
My mother painted this beautiful sign years ago for us - it's our favorite holiday decoration!
Here we have pumpkins all drawn up for carving ...
Bill was pressed into carving duty, a good job to do outside!
All I could think of when I saw this pic was that line in the Charlie Brown special ...
"Aw, you didn't tell me you were gonna kill it!"
Our jacks, all ready for All Hallow's Eve!
(The blue pumpkin - which was supposed to be more teal blue than sky blue, lol - is to show we also offer non-food treats for kids who have food allergies. You can read more about the teal pumpkin project here.)
Beautiful Halloween daisies in the setting sun ...
And here's our Halloween supper table!
As I prepared our table, I was thinking of that charming scene in Meet Me in St. Louis when the family gathers in the dining room on Halloween night (discussing Tootie's mishap and big family news) ... and everything looks so pretty and festive and there's this big, beautiful Halloween cake ...
No, I didn't make it - but I wish I could bake like this! I spied it at my local grocery store and just thought it was PERFECT for the night's festivities. We were having my folks and my brother over, and Crackerjack had his good friend come for a sleepover.
All kinds of goodies - apples and donuts are traditional Halloween fare, as is, of course, candy corn and pumpkin peeps!
I was going to make some kind of crazy, colorful punch - but decided to keep it simple and traditional and just stick with fresh, local cider. There's nothing better in the Fall!
Little Bear was enthralled with it all ... he pretty much just wanted ALL THE THINGS.
Finally, the sun had set, the lights began to glow, and it was time for costumes!
Earlybird (shown here between my brother Matt - aka Grumpy Cat - and myself) asked to be a "ghost" but he can be funny about costumes. Nothing uncomfortable or too elaborate. I ordered a "boo" face t-shirt on Amazon and it was just the ticket!
Meanwhile, our Little Bear was a Little Dragon! He looks concerned here, but that's only because he had spied the Halloween hay wagon was going down our street and he wanted out!
Love this picture of my dad walking with Little Bear. There's just something so enchanting about a nighttime walk, under the moon and stars, stopping at neighbors' homes and begging for treats ... ;)
Earlybird, looking for any last trick-or-treaters ...
And as for this morning ... well, I spent the wee hours (before most of the household was up) cleaning up Halloween debris, setting up our blessings branch and our November books display and the remembrance altar and this lovely table ...
After Mass, we had a lovely pancake brunch!
And that's that for the Halloween recap! I hope you enjoyed ... and I hope you also had a wonderful weekend! I will be posting about my planner tomorrow and then I will also post about our gratitude project just as soon as I can. I can hardly believe it's November first already!
Thanks so much for stopping by my friends - see you here again very soon!