October was probably my busiest month on record at work (really the entire last half of 2016), but we managed to squeeze in some fun fall activities during the week of Halloween. Starting with picking out the perfect pumpkins...
The kids painted some masterpieces.
And Josh put his master pumpkin carving skills to work once again.
I put some little helpers to work picking out the seeds. However, we didn't have time to roast them that night, and then they were moldy the next day. Womp, womp.
But the kids' Halloween lunches were much more successful.
In keeping with our movie character tradition, this year we went with a Princess Bride theme. Ava was Princess Buttercup, and Rylan was Dread Pirate Roberts. I think I've said this every year, but these may be my favorite costumes to date.
The costumes were fairly easy to put together thanks to a "Juliette Capulet" dress from Target, a renaissance pirate shirt from Etsy, a mask and sword from a Zorro set, and some cheap boot covers. We had the black pants and gloves on hand and used a small piece of black fabric for the head wrap. And of course some brown eye liner for the mustache.
I couldn't find a crown that truly fit the bill, so I made one using stiffened/painted lace, spray-painted paper flowers, beads and wire, and lots of hot glue.
I am very proud of how it turned out, and it looks pretty darn close to the movie version!
Ava wore the crown proudly, and was the most beautiful princess. She also thought that Princess Buttercup was the best name EVER!
And Ry loved being a pirate. The sword was definitely his favorite part...my favorite was clearly the little mustache. It kills me!
"As you wiiiiiiiiish."