Monday, November 2, 2009

This is Halloween, This is Halloween...

I LOVE October. I LOVE fall. I LOVE Halloween. Nate loves Jack Skellington, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, hence the title of this post. That song has been stuck in our heads all weekend.

We had a fun, festive weekend. Friday we spent time with friends carving pumpkins, eating yummy treats, and playing games. It finally started to actually feel like a holiday! Here's our front porch on Halloween night; I thought our bright orange door really added to the Halloween spirit. Maybe we can get rid of it now that the holiday is over :)While picking out pumpkins last minute, I decided I wanted to try and create a pregnant pumpkin. But I'm really not artsy enough to get any creative ideas flowing. And Nate, my creative brain, was busy. So my very crafty friend Rachel came up with the idea:

It's not scary by any means, but still pretty clever I thought. Thanks for being the brains and hand model, Rachel!

Nate whipped this good looking guy together very quickly:
I'm always impressed with his pumpkin carving skills. In years past, he's done an AWESOME John Wayne and Utah State Aggie Bull.

Saturday night our main event was the Trunk or Treat at the church. Neither Nate or I had ever been to one, so we weren't sure what to expect. I think it was a pretty darn good turnout! We had four bags of candy, and it only lasted between 15 and 20 minutes. So we shut down our trunk operation, and wandered to see the costumes. We caught a couple of our favorites on camera:
The afore mentioned, very creative Rachel and her Ghostbuster family:Stephen, Rachel, and Dexter. They even had awesome, very realiztic ghostbuster back packs.
Two of our other favorite families just so happened to be Star Wars themed, so we tried to get a pic of all the kids together. It's a little difficult to keep excited, sugar filled children still for more than one picture. This was the best we got:
Three VERY cute Jedi's, with totally awesome glowing light sabers, Princess Lea, R2D2 and:
the cutest little Yoda you ever did see.
Some of our other favorite families included the Nintendo family:Mom was Princess Peach, Dad was Toad, and the kids were Mario and Luigi. So cute! There was also a Scooby Doo themed family. I am determined from here on out to have themed family Halloween costumes. I loved it! We saw plenty of good looking witches, both scary and nice, a couple of crazy mad scientists, lots of mighty little superheroes, and a very scared Tigger. All in all, a fun evening, though it was done by 730pm and we were like, uh-oh, now what? That was supposed to be the highlight of our night! We were kind of stuck because we don't have a kid yet, to take trick or treating, but we didn't want to go to the big party in town with guys from the base, because we felt out of place being (probably) the only ones married, with child, and not drinking. So we headed to Wally World to pick up one last bag of candy, just in case we had any kids show up at our house. Our one bag was gone, again, in about 20 minutes. I think it's because we were one of the only houses on our street with the light on, but by quarter after 8, our house was shut down too.
I'm glad Nate was such a good sport and was willing to support his crazed wife and her Halloween antics. He pretty much spent his entire Saturday putting together:
Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3
And the final touches!

I really wanted to do something clever with my belly, since it's not every year you have an extra 30 pounds or so to work with on your Halloween costume. We had so many good ideas, but went with the most kid friendly and the cheapest to put together. We had lots of good ideas for Nate, too, but he spent so much time on mine, he didn't get to pull anything together in time for the trunk or treat (he ended up being a leaf blower-carried a branch of leaves and when someone asked what he was, he blew on his branch and said a leaf blower :). I told him he could be a three hole punch version of Nate, or that I would write book on his face so he could be facebook, but he went with the leaf blower. His favorite thing was to tell people we were pumpkin farmers, and grew this monstrous pumpkin ourselves.
We got a kick out of people's reactions; I think it was a big hit. And we were pretty pleased with the outcome ourselves.
All in all, I think it's safe to say we really enjoyed our holiday weekend. We did feel a little odd to be out on Halloween in flip flops; isn't it supposed to be wet and miserable and you have to wear a coat over your costume cause it's so cold? Though they were serving hot chocolate at the trunk or treat...maybe by next Halloween I will have acclimatized. But for now, it's still not fall to me. Now if only we could get some snow for Thanksgiving, it might finally start feeling like the holiday season is upon us!

18 comments:

stacey said...

Acclimatized? Big word. :)

Carly said...

you are hilarious. way to be creative!

Megan said...

I think your costume is hilarious and I like that you mentioned it was one of your 'kid friendly' ideas. lol. I would have liked to hear the others ;) I think family themes costumes are so fun. But I am lame, non creative and don't want to spend the money. One day...maybe.... Happy Halloween!

Meesh said...

Okay your costume is the coolest prego lady costume I have seen yet!! Awesome idea, and very nice presentation! And yes that John Wayne pumpkin that Nate carved was AMAZERING!! Looks like you guys had a good time at your first Halloween in the desert.

chartie said...

1. That costume is officially the best costume I've heard about this year.

2. I love The Nightmare Before Christmas too. Deidra has never seen it. I just requested it from the library.

3. I can attest to Nate's pumpkin-carving skills. I remember the John Wayne from the ward party a couple of years ago.

Rachel said...

I'm so glad kids came trick or treating at your house!

Jenni said...

Cute costume!

Megan said...

"it's not every year you have an extra 30 pounds or so to work with on your Halloween costume."

Speak for yourself after 3 kids. *giggle*

Ben and Camille said...

SUPER creative!! i love it!!

n8'swife said...

Your costume was totally awesome! I love to do costumes, but only for the kiddos. Maybe N8 and I will get into next year!

Trish Duffin said...

Ha! I am laughing at the pics of people in shorts and flip flops! Don't they know that all halloween costumes need the ability to fit over a snow suit?! Sheesh!

Your costume is darling! It's so creative! Maybe you should name him Jack in honor of it! LOL! I hope you are feeling well! You are such a cute pregnant woman! Happy "acclimatizing"!

hilary said...

love the costume! that was hilariously cute! and again, i can relate. i'm pretty much more than ready for the fall weather this time of year too. but at least it's not in the triple digits anymore, right?

MoRgAn! said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! Look at your cute little belly! And that costume looks great! It sounds like you guys are having a lot of fun! And you are looking so adorable all pregnant!!

Zack and Callie said...

First of all, your pumpkin makes me think of the cover of twilight. Second, I'm sad you didn't have candy left over for yourselves (we've gone through several bags already. And lastly, I'm glad you did the punkin belly! I was either going to do that or amber jensen's baby escaping costume but we didn't end up dressing up. Maybe next time I'm pregnant on halloween... If that ever happens again!

Eric and Tosha said...

I LOVE the costume and I love the pumpkins. Nate does have mad pumpkin carving skills. I didn't even carve a pumpkin this year. How lame am I?! Glad you guys had fun and are adjusting to being Californians.

Kym, Shaun and Riley said...

Talk about CREATIVITY!!!!!! WOW!!! That is the best costume I've ever seen a pregnant girl have!! Kudos to Nate on creating your costume and for his amazing pumpkin carving skills!

Breelyn said...

Oh my gosh your costume is so cute!! If I'm ever prego around Halloween I'm stealing that idea! I hope you guys are doing ok out there and I miss you!

Marji Crummett said...

I love your costume!! I was sad to miss the trunk or treat. I like looking at everyone's' costumes much more than I like dressing up myself.