Sunday, November 4, 2012


Happy Halloween from the Jones boys!
We love Halloween around here!  The boys love getting dressed up & going out to get candy (duh, who doesn't??)  I was never a fan of the holiday, until I became a Mom.  The boys ask us to dress up too, which is fun.  Plus it feels like it's the only holiday where I don't have to "do" anything.  I mean, I buy a few costumes, get dressed up & go beg for candy.  No cooking, no cleaning, no wrapping, etc.

Halloween for us also includes all the fun fall activities that we do, since a lot of them allow us to wear our costumes.  This year we missed a few of the due to other commitments like my marathon & my brother's wedding.  But we packed a lot into Halloween weekend, even though we were dodging raindrops most of the time.

We started out Fri morning by going on our last apple picking trip of the season.  The boys & I picked 10 lbs of goldrush apples at Lynd's.  I read that these stored well & was hoping they would at least last through the holidays...they said they will last until the summer!  Yay!  I love fresh apples!!

Friday night we broke out our costumes for the first time & went to a trunk or treat at a local church.  The boys had a blast!  We were the Batman "badguys" this year...AJ was Joker, Zak was Penguin, Adrian was Riddler, I was Catwoman & Daniel was "a ghost from the Haunted Mansion who could be a Batman badguy" (yes, that is the full title of his costume, he came up with it, I love it).  We met Batman at one of the stations & AJ thought it was so funny!

My bad guys :)

Meeting Batman!

Saturday we finally went out to The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek.  We learned last year that our boys love corn mazes & found this one but just didn't have time to make it out.  This year, we made it a priority.  It was very cold & rainy, but we still had a great time.  It took us about an hour & a half to finish the huge maze & we found 16 of the 20 "corn-nundrums" that were hidden in it.  There were also numerous other things to do there & we got to wear our costumes & trick or treat.  It was a very fun, very tiring day.
Zak & I ready to head into the corn maze
Sunday we headed down to The North Market for their Halloween party.  They did a great job with it!  There were tons of candy stations (with good candy!), music, a bug guy, balloon animals & lots of free samples for Mom & Dad.  We had a blast!  And it was all indoors so we didn't get wet...bonus!
Daniel changed his costume for this day.  He didn't fit the theme, but isn't he the cutest Tigger ever??
From there we headed to another church's trunk or treat.  They had to move it indoors, but it was still really nice.  They had a ton of games for the boys to play, food, petting zoo & of course the candy.  The boys had a blast playing the games & earning tickets to get some fun toys.
AJ & Daniel in a donut eating contest.  They didn't win, but loved eating the donuts!
After all this you would think we'd be tired of it by the actual Halloween, but nope!  On Wednesday, I picked AJ up from school & we headed out to Pickerington.  They have an indoor trick or treat & since the weather was horrible, I wanted to do that in case we didn't do much that night.  It was a very nice set up, they decorated their whole city hall & gave out candy.  You could tell they were overwhelmed but handled it great, people brought in extra candy while we were there.  Great job!!
AJ & Daniel outside Pickerington City Hall

Another Batman!  This one was at City Hall & then he followed us to the library.  :)

Finally, Wednesday night we headed out into our neighborhood for trick or treat.  It was cold & rainy & not many people were out.  It also seemed like less people were handing out candy, I would suspect the bad weather impacted this too.  We walked around the block & the boys were done, tired & cold.  We took a quick break in the house, then loaded up & went to our church for trunk or treat.  Even that was too cold, Daniel only made it about 1/2 way before heading back to our car.

Our final Halloween adventure was Fri afternoon when we went to a local dentist to donate most of the candy we collected to the troops.  The boys like the act of trick or treating, but soon lose interest in the candy (yay!)  And since Adrian & I are eating healthy, we don't need it all in our house!  We took a bag with 12 lbs of candy & they gave us $10 ($1/lb but there's a $5 limit per kid).  All in all, we really had a great time celebrating the season!  Now we're into downtime before we start up again with our Christmas stuff.  Hope you all had as much fun as we did this season!!

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