The Great Pumpkin

Skin & Bones – David Hudspeth

I really love this time of year (when it feels like fall and not the hottest part of summer, sheesh).  I mean, why not, there’s so much to love about it!  Apples, festivals, and pumpkins (and well, yes, pumpkin spice)!

Every year, we try to find a farm to go to so that we can pick a pumpkin. One year, I got it in my head that I wanted three Cinderella pumpkins.  Another year, I was on the hunt for some blue ones.  (Yep, they come in blue too.  If you look closely at the pictures below, you’ll find at least one). 

A few years ago, our favorite farm closed, so this year, we were on the hunt for a new one to take the next-to-littlest kiddo for some fall adventure.  It was actually our daughter that discovered this place.

I’m pretty sure that I’ve jaded my family a little by creating this tradition.  We all dress in our best fall colors and head out to the farm to pick out a pumpkin (or two).  Once we get the right one, we take it home and take all the guts out.  Once that’s done, The Dane will take the pumpkin outside with the girls and they’ll decide what to carve into it, while I got through the messy bits and pick out all the seeds.  (Mind you, this doesn’t all happen on the same day).

When the kids were still home, we used to pick out a scary movie.  While that was playing, The Dane would roast the pumpkin seeds for our freshly gutted pumpkin.  We all love them and find it hard to wait till they are done.

Halloween at our house is always fun.  Some years, we just have the kids and kiddos over.  We set up a bonfire, bob for apples, dress up and go out trick-or-treating.  Other years, we invite lots of friends over.  The Dane and I keep a big chest with tons of Halloween stuff so our guest can put together costumes if they decide they don’t want to wear one of their own.  What typically happens is that we have so much fun, we all end up dressing in something different as the night goes on.  The Dane and I put out a big spread.  Sometimes we add a spooky movie feature or add outdoor games if the weather is mild enough.

What’s funny is that no matter what we end up doing, it always turns out to be a good time.  I think you just can’t go wrong when you put together a Halloween party. 

I’m getting excited now that the first step to the activities has begun. 

So, here’s my question…what are you going to be for Halloween?

Until next time, have a great week!

~PJ

Shirt – Dressbarn (old, current plaid from them here) (others peasant tops that I like here, here and here); Pants – Old Navy; Shoes – Cato; Handbag – Cappelli (old, this is their latest magazine)

Note about this shirt:  I bought this from Dressbarn a few years ago.  It was supposed to be my regular size.  I’m pretty sure that I bought it without trying it on and it has never fit.  I’m pretty sure it’s a size smaller than it was marked.  That and it doesn’t have an ounce of give.  I do find that this is sometimes the case at Dressbarn. 

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