Wednesday I put on a Halloween party for our Guides, along with my other two leaders. We played a game, enjoyed a potluck table and a dance party. Summer was proud that she danced continuously the whole time - only one of two girl's who didn't seem to get quickly bored with dancing. Our other girls started organizing themselves into a game for the second half of the dance.
Cai spent the week inspired by transformer costume creations he saw on YouTube with dad. He was insistent that they make one. I'm not sure if what he wound up with was quite what he was looking for!
He then felt he needed to make one for dad as well!
Mine was next.
Thursday the kids dressed up for orchestra where they enjoyed a battle of the orchestras with the intermediate group.
Aidan found it inspiring to hear the more advanced orchestra and what they could do. He mentioned he was already excited to advance to the next level in the future. The kids also enjoyed a potluck snack table at the end. It was a fun night.
Friday grandma took the big kids and I to a performance by the Strathcona String Quartet in Spruce Grove. The kids loved it which I was thrilled about. I adore that they are old enough to enjoy and sit still for a couple hours of chamber music. They were inspired. Grandma bought them CDs which they got signed after the performance.
Saturday was Halloween and Samhain! We spent the afternoon carving pumpkin and roasting seeds.
Sean wanted to try a double pumpkin since a couple of our pumpkins were behemoths! I sacrificed my pumpkin for the venture; I was looking forward to seeing the results and needed to spend most of my day in the kitchen anyway preparing for our evening feast. Summer created an awesome witch with her big pumpkin, Aidan used a printed template for his spooky pumpkin and Cai drew on his face which I helped carve out for him.
In the evening we enjoyed our Feast of the Dead and welcomed and honored our ancestors to our table.
Then of course there was the trick-or-treating!
The kids all went out together in the neighborhood until Cai was done - about an hour. Then Sean brought Summer to her friends house; they went out in her neighborhood and ended with a sleepover. I enjoyed watching Cai explore all his candy. Much like last year, he'd mostly open things, look at them or take a small bite and then leave them. It didn't last long but provided much amusement.
Sunday we went to my sister's house for Adar's birthday party! I enjoyed having Monday to go absolutely no where! A rarity indeed on these busy weeks.