Halloween Fun

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Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you and your kiddos all have a fun and safe┬áday. Since house-to-house trick-or-treating really isn’t an option where we live (that’s country living for you!), all of our festivities took place on Saturday. Considering how the threat of the hurricane loomed, it made everyone happy to at least get a little bit of fun in.

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First, we headed to the mall. I know, I know… “Malloween?”┬áLOL, well it’s a safe and easy way to let the kids get some candy. We’ve been doing it for several years now. Honestly, some of the parents there makes me insane, but I keep my smile on for the kids. After that we zipped over to the library and town hall, where our town was doing a little event. I really enjoyed that because, well, obviously I knew most of the people there so that helps! Good candy, delicious cake pops, and friendly faces. How can you go wrong?

After that, we came home and Drew and I changed into costumes for the Halloween party at the comic book store. Laura also had a quick change into a superhero outfit. She and I went as Batman & Robin! Good grief, I still can’t believe I wore that outfit in public… even if it was only for about 20 minutes! LOL… well, the boys thought it was great that I played along.

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And here’s Drew in his Cobra Commander outfit. I think he looked great!
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Tonight I think I’ll try to come up with a fun Halloween treat for dessert, and maybe watch some kid-friendly spooky movies like Goosebumps or something. What about you? What kind of creepy plans do you have for today?

A Visit to the New York Botanical Garden

What a weekend! I have so much to tell you about, but I thought I’d start by sharing some photos I took yesterday. While Drew and Jake were at ComicCon, my mother-in-law suggested the rest of us spend the day at the New York Botanical Gardens. I’d never been there and she certainly didn’t have to convince me — I was so excited to finally visit!

We saw the gorgeous Monet’s Garden exhibit, as well as the Haunted Pumpkin Garden (very non-spooky, very fun, and great for children). Noah had a great time planting buckwheat seeds and dissecting an owl pellet, while Laura enjoyed playing in the outdoor puppet theatre and just looking at all the incredibly creative pumpkin sculptures.

Seeing all these beautiful plants makes me wish I was a better gardener! Just gorgeous stuff. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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I could have spent the entire day wandering around. If you live in the metro New York area and you’re looking for something fun and Halloween-y to do, this exhibit was a lot of fun, plus the grounds are just so beautiful. We plan to go back for the holiday train show and I can’t wait for that!