Halloween Eve

October 30, 2014
Halloween Eve began with a neighbour at the door with bags of candy for Rafa and me.  Happy dance!  Happy dance!

Halloween Eve began with a neighbour at the door with bags of candy for Rafa and me. Happy dance! Happy dance!

We then had to get down to the business of preparations for the school parties tomorrow.  We all helped Mum with making jack-o-lantern mandarin pots for Rafa's class.

We then had to get down to the business of preparations for the school parties tomorrow. We all helped Mum with making jack-o-lantern mandarin pots for Rafa’s class.

Here's my vampire in progress (see the big fangs?!)

Here’s my vampire in progress (see the big fangs?!)

Even Papi was getting artistic.

Even Papi was getting artistic.

For my class party we were on cups… except Mum couldn't find any Halloween ones left so we made our own with Halloween stickers.  I reckon they're much cooler anyway.

For my class party we were on cups… except Mum couldn’t find any Halloween ones left so we made our own with Halloween stickers. I reckon these are way cooler than bought ones anyway.

After bath we laid out our costumes all ready for the morning.  Rafa thought it was hilarious that Papi put his undies outside his pants.  Spiderman doesn't wear his undies on the outside of his pants!!

After bath we laid out our costumes all ready for the morning. Rafa thought it was hilarious that Papi put his undies outside his pants. Spiderman doesn’t wear his undies on the outside of his pants!!

Halloween still on my mind

October 29, 2014

Over breakfast this morning, Mum and I were discussing how many syllables are in different words.  Then Mum tested me on a few:

Mum: So, can you think of a word with two syllables?

Me: pump-kin

Mum: Nice!  What about three syllables?

Me: hal-lo-ween

Mum: That’s a good one.  Can you think of any with four syllables?

Me:  El-sa-cos-tume

breakfast

Halloween warm up four: pumpkin decorating

October 28, 2014
Finally we had a night spare to decorate our pumpkins.

Finally we had a night spare to decorate this year’s pumpkins.

I turned mine into a princess.

I turned mine into a princess.

And Rafa made his a "BIG pumpkin"

And Rafa made his a “BIG pumpkin”

All finished!!  Now our princess and big pumpkin are sitting by the front door.

All finished!! Now our princess and big pumpkin are sitting by the front door.

Halloween warm up three: the spooktacular

October 27, 2014
The Cross Creek Spooktacular is another pre-Halloween warm up

The Cross Creek Spooktacular on “the hill” gave us another chance to wear our Halloween costumes and prepare for the big night this Friday.

The balloon lady made me an Elsa magic septre for my costume.

The balloon lady made me a magic sceptre, just like Elsa’s, for my costume.

And Spidey gave his webs a much needed break going for a sword

And Spidey used his golden sword to catch the bad guys for a change, giving his webs a much needed break!

Face painting and dancing

There were crafts and face painting

Pumpkins and candy.

Pumpkins and candy.

Spooky poems and stories.  Four days 'til Halloween!

Spooky poems and stories.

Four more sleeps ’til Halloween! We’re sooooo excited!

All Hallows Eve Renaissance Festival

October 26, 2014
Our friends had tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival but they couldn't go, so fortunately for us, we got their tickets.

Our friends had tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival but they couldn’t go, so fortunately for us, we got their tickets.

At the time of getting the tickets, we didn't realise we were heading to the USA's largest renaissance theme park.  55 acres of a 16th century European village comes alive for 8 weeks a year.

At the time of getting the tickets, we didn’t realise we were heading to the USA’s largest renaissance theme park. 55 acres of a 16th century European village comes alive for 8 weeks a year.

There was so much to see and do and being located almost 2 hours North of Houston half of Austin and Dallas were there too.  It was HUGE.

There was so much to see and do and being located almost 2 hours North of Houston half of Austin and Dallas were there too. It was HUGE and a wonderful bombardment of sights, sounds and smells.

All the shop keepers were in theme and they called us "my lord" and "my lady"

All the shop keepers were in theme and they called us “my lord” and “my lady”

Lost of the festival goers were dressed in theme too… either renaissance or this weekend's theme of All Hallows.

Lots of festival goers were dressed in theme too… either renaissance or this weekend’s theme of All Hallows Eve.

We did our best with a last minute raid of the dress-ups box.

We did our best with a last minute raid of the dress-ups box.

There was music and dancing everywhere.

There was music and dancing everywhere.

And useful classes, on topics such as sword techniques.

And classes on useful topics such as sword techniques.

As soon as I saw the archery I had to get some arrows and have a try.

As soon as I saw the archery I had to get some arrows and have a try.

The girl on Brave makes it look easier than it is.

The girl on Brave makes it look easier than it is.  Rafa got a few good shots in although I don’t think any of us tickled, let alone slayed the dragon.

We met lots of interesting people.

We met lots of interesting people.

erm… not sure if they were all really people?

erm… and things?

But they were all super friendly.

They were all super friendly.  And not scary at all.

And many gave us gifts like teeth and jewellery.

Many of our new friends gave us gifts like teeth and jewellery.

We were super impressed that the food wasn't just the standard fair fare!

We were super impressed that the food wasn’t just the standard fair fare!  Papi got stuck into a turkey leg

and fruit!

and we demolished the fruit!

I wasn't convinced by the scotched egg (well the boiled egg part was okay, but I accidentally dropped it half way through).

I wasn’t as convinced as the others on the scotched egg (well the boiled egg part was okay, but I accidentally dropped it half way through).

And I have no idea how I ended up with iced witches brew but that was cool!

And I have no idea how I ended up with iced witches brew (maybe because it was the only non-alcoholic drink where we stopped for a break) but there were no complaints from me!

And you'll never guess what we stumbled upon just as we were thinking it might be time to head home...

And you’ll never guess what we stumbled upon just as we were thinking it might be time to head home…

An elephant ride!!

An elephant ride!!

See… I am there in the middle!

See… I am there in the middle!

All good festival days must come to an end and a long drive back to Houston.

Eventually after getting side tracked by jousting and trying to convince Mum and Papi to buy us swords and shields we made it back to the car for the big drive back to Houston.

Check it out here: Texas Renaissance Festival

Halloween warm up one

October 25, 2014
At last we were allowed to put on our Halloween costumes that have been in Mum's closet for weeks.

At last I was finally allowed to wear my Elsa Halloween costume that has been in a not-so-secret spot in Mum’s closet for weeks.

Rafa was having difficulty throwing webs whilst holding onto the spiderman suit tag in one hand and his mask in the other.

Rafa was having difficulty throwing webs even in his Spider-get-up because he didn’t want to let go of the spiderman suit tag and mask.

A quick trip to Target...

A quick trip to Target…

And then onto the Fall Festival in Cinco Ranch.

And then onto the Festival at our sister school in Cinco Ranch.

We threw hoops onto witches hats.

We threw hoops onto witches hats.

And pin the nose on the pumpkin.

And played pin the nose on the pumpkin.

With each game...

With each game…

We won cool prizes like bubbles, pencils and note books, pinwheels and balloons.

We won cool prizes like bubbles, pencils and note books, pinwheels and balloons.

A bit of a run around outside on the merry-go-round, playground and bounce house and Elsa and Spidey were pink cheeked and ready for water and a rest.

A bit of a run around outside on the merry-go-round, playground and bounce house and we were pink-cheeked and ready for water and a rest.

Hand-me-down cars from my friend Kai

October 24, 2014
My new most favourite things.

My new most favouritist things.

Halloween House tour part two: in the car

October 22, 2014

Armed with a list of addresses suggested by “The Ladies of Cross Creek” we jumped in the car for part two of our Halloween House tour.

The spider house gets more added to it each day so it's another house that we've visited a few times.

We visited the spider house a few weeks ago but that was before the infestation got this out of hand (early October there was just a little family of spiders by the sidewalk but they must have got the word out that there’s a party going on and the house has gotten progressively inundated with the spider’s friends and family as Halloween approaches).

The rats are new since last time we were here.  Ewwww!

The rats are new since last time we were here. Ewwww!

We saw met some nice scarecrow families.

We met a nice scarecrow family around the corner, they were keeping their distance from those spiders!

 

And a witch that looked a little ill.

This witch looked a little ill.  We wondered what she’d eaten to be that green.

There were lots of pumpkins, ghosts, ghouls, skeletons and spiders.

There were lots of pumpkins, ghosts, ghouls, skeletons and spiders on the tour.

We checked with Mum that the giant spider wasn't real so it couldn't really bite us.  We had fun pretending though!

I checked with Mum that the giant spider wasn’t real so it couldn’t really bite me.  I was pretty sure… but you know.

Boo!

As it got darker the displays with lights looked awesome.

We’ve been booed!

October 21, 2014
It was just about bedtime last night when the door bell rang.  There was no one at the door but then we realised, we'd been BOOED!

It was just about bedtime last night when the door bell rang.  There wasn’t a soul in sight, but we spotted a basket of goodies on our doorstep!

Inside we inspected the contents.  It turns out, we'd been BOOED!

It turns out, we’d been BOOed!

Whilst we indulged.

We helped ourselves to candy.

Whilst Mum read the note so we knew what to do.

Whilst Mum read the note so we knew what to do next.

So tonight, we put our "we've been BOOed" sign up on the door.

Tonight, we put our “we’ve been BOOed” sign up on the door.

Waited until it was dark and gave Papi a big bucket of Halloween treats to BOO a neighbour.  Papi had to run fast to be able to ring the bell and go!

And waited until it was dark to give Papi a big bucket of Halloween treats to on BOO an unsuspecting neighbour (he runs the fastest so we figured he was the least likely to be caught mid-mission).  A big THANK YOU to our wonderful community, BOOing is so much fun – both ways!

Halloween houses tour part one: by bike

October 20, 2014
Part one of our halloween houses tour we did by bike.

Part one of our halloween houses tour was tonight. This section of the tour we’re doing by bike.

Happy little pumpkin family has been a favourite on the way home for a while.

The happy little pumpkin family has been a favourite on the way home for a while.

The black cat is new (and yes, I'm still a Ninja Turtle)

The black cat is new (and yes, I’m still a Ninja Turtle)

The candy garden is creative!  We wanted to go and eat some.

The candy garden is creative! We wanted to go and eat some.

Pooh Bear is stuck in a pumpkin!!  Oh dear!

We found Pooh Bear stuck in a pumpkin! Oh dear!

Woah, that's scary.

Woah, now that’s scary.


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