Family Fun, Holidays

Halloween 2020 and on to November!

Halloween 2020 is a wrap. This is basically the end of “fall” to me, too, although November is obviously still technically fall. Things just start moving full steam ahead toward more of a Christmas feel I think, and the weather here usually turns colder, darker, windier, etc.

Last night was a pretty quintessential “Halloween night” from a weather perspective- full moon and WINDY! This little children’s rhyme kept popping into my head (we used to read this book over and over when the boys were little):

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
First one said “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
Second one said “There are witches in the air,”
Third one said “but we don’t care!”
Fourth one said “Let’s run and run and run.”
Fifth one said “I’m ready for some fun!”
Ooo ooo went the wind, and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

I used to make a big drawn out deal of going “Oooooo!….. Oooooo!…..” to make the sound of the wind in a really spooky voice when I would read to it to them. 🙂

I didn’t get a shot of the full moon when it was fully uncovered

The boys had a blast. They trick or treated with Ethan’s two best school friends and Ivan and I hung out with the parents outside/in their garage. When trick or treat ended, we moved to a back yard bonfire and had a few drinks. It was very nice!

*(I would make the “it was great, socially distanced fun!” comment, but honestly it is starting to annoy me that everyone on social media has to make this little disclaimer all the time. We are always mindful and careful of the covid situation, so I don’t really think I need to prove this every 2 seconds.😊 )*

This was my first time NOT accompanying the kids trick or treating and their first time going with friends! Kind of a milestone. Sad. One of the parents did tag along behind them to keep an eye out but we didn’t all go.

We just left a candy bowl outside at our house since we were gone. (Our cul-de-sac doesn’t get too many trick or treaters anyway). I dug this old skeleton head out of the basement too and hung it on the door- I thought it added a very nice touch! I’m so mad- I wanted to take a pic at night of all of our Halloween lights and their jack o’laterns, but I FORGOT! 😦 Maybe I’ll re-enact it tonight.

Now, onto the new month. Of course it starts out with the weirdness that is Daylights Savings Time. Since I wake up so early, it always throws me off when it’s suddenly light outside again at 6 am!

On the agenda today…

🔷 Catching up on some work from Friday. (Ended up being a couple hours short since we went hiking. No big deal- that’s a perk of my job! I’ll just make it up today.)

🔷 Also, I really want to jot down my November goals. I want to go through my 20 for 2020 lists (Part 1 and Part 2) and see what’s left that I could possibly fit in (take a look if you want, but most are epic fails! This year just didn’t work. Ha.). I do know I want to make a big push to finish a few more books before the end of the year.

🔷 Watch Coco tonight!!

🔷 We badly need to do some fall cleanup yardwork, but it’s a high of 37 degrees and seriously gusty winds. So, I think we might get a free pass today. 😉 Fortunately, the weather looks great the rest of the week/ next weekend!

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful for my Halloween socks! Haha. This is the closest I get to “dressing up”. We are NOT a “full family in costume” family. If you are, more power to you! But we are not. 🙂 I did wear these socks yesterday, though.

2 thoughts on “Halloween 2020 and on to November!”

  1. Sounds like a fun night out for the kids.
    It’s unbelievable that 2020 is ending isn’t it? I am planning for November too and surprised how fast it went despite the lockdown. Hope 2021 is better.


  2. It was extremely windy here on Halloween night, too, and got very cold. Yesterday was a crappy today but it warms up this week and will possibly hit 70 on Friday! Woo hoo! I am here for nicer weather. The 2nd half of October was horrible here in Minneapolis – record snow and it felt like January many mornings!

    I’m glad your boys had fun trick or treating. Sounds like many people were creative with doing Halloween and keeping it safe. someone on our block has a really cool candy shoot – the candy came out of the mouth of a ghost. We had fun with our block’s treat hunt in the afternoon. I was happy to be indoors after that was over as it was really starting to get windy and cold! I made carnitas in our instant pot which turned out pretty good!


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