Halloween 2016! This was the first year we did a family costume, and gosh I’d be just lying if I said I didn’t LOVE it! Mia had informed me well before October 1st she wanted to be Elsa this year, and as I thought of what fun things I could dress up Joaquim as ( while he’s still too little to care or protest much) it dawned on me the window to do family costumes was getting smaller and smaller. Soon Joa would have an opinion on what he wanted to be as well and I just cant see my ultra girly girl and my boy seeing eye to eye on a theme lol.
Then it hit me, a Frozen theme! Joaquim could be Olaf, I could be Anna and Mike could be Kristoff. Perfection if you ask this Disney lover, so off on a costume search I went! Joaquim’s costume was an easy amazon purchase and I lucked out having a coworker that had an Anna costume and sold it to me for a great price. Mike’s costume was a little trickier as the only “Kristoff” costumes I found online were either over 100 bucks (seriously?!) or super elaborate pinterest ideas I knew I did not have the time or talent to make. So I went to Halloween express in search of something that looked similar to the vest and then got a blue winter hat and Mike had the rest at home already to complete the outfit.
The first of the Halloween celebrations was Mia’s 4K trick or treat at my work on Friday. I am lucky enough to work at a place that has a daycare and arranges fun activities like this for my little ones! Not only is it fun for them but it is so nice for a working mama to be able to take a quick break and do a fun activity with their child all within a work day! The kids had a blast and collected so much candy! lol They had each decorated their own reusable bag to keep all their treats in and proudly held them up at each stop. You could see how much fun it was for the adults as well; so many people got in the spirit and dressed up and even called the kids by the names of their costumes, which made it all the more a magical experience for them.
Later that afternoon was the Pumpkin Patch party at the daycare ( The trick or treating was only for preschool and 4k classrooms, this was all ages) something we look forward to every year! There’s caramel apple stations, pumpkin spice and gingerbread play-dough, ghost bowling, pumpkin ring tosses and more! This time Joa got to join in on the fun and by far the bubble machine was his FAVE. All the praise hands for bubble machines, seriously such a smart invention! We all had a blast but it can be quite the chaotic scene with allllll the kiddos out and about, so Mia was over it rather quickly and we all headed home to rest up for round two of trick or treating in our neighborhood on Saturday.
Saturday turned out to be a beautiful fall day, one with those gray skies that still let some sun beams through and temps in the 60s! Here in Wisco, that’s kind of a big deal 🙂 We spent the morning getting some errands done and then got ready for trick or treating at four. This year we invited two families to join us each with kids the same ages and Joa and Mia! It has been such a blessing getting to know these families and see the bonds with our littles grow. Mia, Morgan and Emma have all know each other since they were about 3 months old! Now 4 years later they are such GIRLS! They instantly ran up to Mia’s room and shut the door and started playing away, such a fun sight to see! Joaquim had two lady friends as well since Emma’s little sister Olivia and Morgan’s little sister Rachel are both the same! So so fun! Once everyone arrived we started around the neighborhood, littles with their pumpkins, adults with their adult beverages 🙂 Once again the three princesses were off in their own little world and we were just along for the ride. Rachel did a great job keeping up with the older gals and Olivia and Joa did amazing in the wagon! They just went along for the ride giggling back and forth and taking each other’s shoes off, completely oblivious to the fact there was candy being handed out. We did let them out at the last house to officially “trick or treat” at least once 😉 Then it was back to Casa Zahner for some yummy yummy chili the hubby made ( while I was taking a nap! #husbandoftheyear) using Sarah’s recipe and a delish corn bake Melissa had made. For dessert we enjoyed some scrumptious brownies Sue made and they had the cutest Halloween confetti on them!
It was a wonderful Hallow’s Eve weekend filled with spooky fun and family and friends. Hope you all had a great Halloween!