Obviously the aspect I'm not fond of is the evil part (evil potentially being glorified). Next year I'll have to do a bit more research behind it all, but if I remember right, I think it does have some relation to the Christian "All Saints Day," which is November 1. With all the ghosts, goblins, vampires and witches that run around on Halloween, I'd like to hear how the current traditions came about. The nice thing is that we don't have to follow the traditions of the culture. I look forward to making our own traditions as a family...taking the good and fun cultural traditions (like pumpkin carving, fun costumes, etc) and hopefully adding a few of our own!
Okay, so first up, the pumpkin patch...We decided to head to the pumpkin farm of some of our friends from church. I was surprised to find how big of a production it was. I thought it would be a simple, head out into a muddy field and pick your pumpkin out, but they had the whole shebang with a hay maze, pumpkin sling shots, a hay ride, treats for sale, and other fun things. We had a great time there as a family. The rain poured down the entire day, except for the short time we were at the pumpkin patch when there were clear skies just above the farm. It was pretty amazing!
That night, we headed to a friends house to carve pumpkins and enjoy good company and a chili cook-off. Wedly said it best as we headed home that night..."Daddy, fun!" Thanks for the invite Nic and Mindy!
Finally, on Halloween night, we enjoyed our church's Harvest Festival. We did the cake walk and made our way to a couple of the booths, but once Wedly found the little bounce house, we stayed there the rest of the night. He was so stinkin' cute in his little giraffe costume, but he had to be HOT jumping around all night. This year, we borrowed costumes from my sister, since she had extra's lying around her house, but I imagine that in the years to come, we'll probably take on the task of making our own, either from thrift store finds or by other means. But for this year, the costumes we had for the boys were awesome! Wedly enjoyed every minute in his giraffe costume.
Trying on costumes with Auntie Heidi, Ben, Sam and Levi
The cutest little giraffe around!
A little help from daddy while miniature golfing.