In the words of Asher from about 8:50 p.m. last night: “Well, that was a fun weekend!”
It was!! It was also a pretty full weekend, and I am kind of tired right now.
But I’m going to need to rally, because it’s a) only Monday and b) Halloween, meaning the festivities are not over yet!
Here’s a recap of a few of our Halloween weekend events:
Event #1: Asher’s “Trick or Treat” swim meet
This was both Saturday and Sunday morning, about ~30 minutes from home. He had to be there by 7:40 a.m. both days, which meant early 6:30 a.m. wake ups for him both days (earlier for me…).
Going to a swim meet means:
- eating a good breakfast
- packing a bag with snacks/ water/ chocolate milk/ etc.
- packing extra towels
- packing his Crocs
- packing his swim parka
- packing sweatshirts and other dry clothes for after the meet
- making sure he has his racing suit/ goggles/ caps
- printing heat sheets
- marking his events on his arm
- hopefully arriving on time for warm ups.
Whew. And that’s all before we even get there for the 4 hour meet. No wonder I’m always tired after swim meets.
This meet was held at a beautiful pool though:
Here’s Asher talking to his coach after one of his events and getting feedback on what he did well, and what he can improve on:
The final event on Sunday was a “silly Halloween relay” where they had to swim 25 yards wearing a t-shirt, then take the (wet!) t-shirt off and give it to the next person in their lane. There were 16 kids per relay team, so it took a while. Asher swam the final leg and his team won!! Woohoo! haha. They each got a full size candy bar as a prize.
Event #2: Asher’s last soccer game
We had to go straight from the swim meet to soccer on Saturday, for Asher’s last game of the fall season. He was bummed afterwards, “Now I’m not going to get to play again until the spring season, and that’s like, 5 months away.” 😦
The game was held in a gorgeous rural location, and it was an unseasonably warm day. I ended up stripping off my sweatshirt and sat there in a tank top!
Event #3: HAUNTED FOREST
Saturday night was the Haunted Forest with Asher and friends!! I’ll jump ahead and just say that THIS WAS SOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN and I would go again in a heartbeat. Although- it was also very, very scary!! But in a good way. Exhilarating!
It ended up being just me, Ethan, Asher and two of his friends. Ivan bailed on me at the last minute because he got invited to play a soccer game….. and because he is unreasonably obsessed with playing soccer, I guess that trumped the Haunted Forest for him. Hmph. This also meant that I was the only ADULT in the group and had no husband along to protect me from the scary things. (I informed Ethan ahead of time that as my oldest son, he was going to stand in for Ivan and that I was going to be shrieking in his ear instead and grabbing onto his arm instead. He begrudgingly agreed. 😆)
We had tickets for 6:30 p.m.
Asher and his friends also LOVED this whole experience. It was so, so well done!! I can’t say enough good things about how fun this was.
You ride on a tractor wagon ride (in the dark, with like, heavy metal music playing, through the corn fields) along with lots of other amped up people who were hooting and hollering, ready for a good time.
After a 5-10 minute ride, you disembark at the edge of the dark, dark forest (where people immediately start jumping out with chainsaws and stuff to scare you before you even get in the line). Then you wait in a line and each small group is released into the forest one by one, to navigate the Haunted Forest on their own.
It’s not only “just” a walk through the forest, either- there are tons of very elaborate props and dozens of actors and also many different haunted houses that you have to walk through (most of which were SO SCARY!!). We were all screaming and laughing and it was amazing. Asher’s one friend lost his voice from yelling so much! lol!!! At one point I thought I might have popped a rib out of place as I startled so hard from someone jumping out at me. hahaha.
We finally made it out.
Definitely planning to go back next year. After I described it all, Ivan was disappointed that he didn’t go!! I think he thought it would just be like, a walk through a forest with lit up jack o’lanterns or something. Definitely not! It’s geared for teenagers and up and is some seriously scary fun. 🙂 Ivan said we’ll have to all go next year for sure.
Afterwards we got caramel apples and kettle corn and hot chocolate and sat at a picnic table for a bit.
Event #4: Pumpkin Carving
And last but not least, we carved pumpkins on Sunday night. It ended up that just the boys + Ivan carved pumpkins- I kind of had an upset stomach at the time and just didn’t feel like it. So, I just supervised this time. (Which I don’t feel guilty about, because I ALWAYS carve a pumpkin. I think this is actually the first time Ivan carved one. He can be kind of hit or miss on this sort of thing- not something he grew up doing in Mexico, so he can be a little “meh” on certain traditions… But I asked him to take my pumpkin, and he did so, good naturedly.)
Ivan’s first ever pumpkin carving creation!
The boys had to point out that “Dad cleaned the pumpkin out WAY faster than you normally do, Mom.” Good for him! He is welcome to become the family’s pumpkin cleaner outer for all care. 😜
I sat and sipped some peppermint tea and half watched the dismal Packers game and half watched them carve their pumpkins. I forgot to take a pic of all 3 pumpkins lit! Will have to post that tomorrow.
I also went around and added little LED candles to all of my Halloween decorations! I have all sorts of little Halloween knick knacks that can be lit up in our family room.
And that’s a wrap on our pre-Halloween weekend! All that’s left is our annual chili dinner + Halloween cupcakes tonight + trick or treating. Both boys ARE still going, though they are kind of phoning in the whole costume thing. Ethan picked up a silly mask at Target and I think Asher is going as a Mexican National Team soccer player.
I am grateful that I did NOT chicken out and that I went to the Haunted Forest, because I seriously had a blast.