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Halloween 2015 – Mario And Luigi – Almost

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

I really wanted Spencer and Truman to be Mario and Luigi this year. I figured it was the year the short/squat vs tall/thin combo would really be peaking. Plus, look how cute they are!




But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. I got them in their costumes for about 10 photos, 1 of which they are both standing still and 2 cute of Truman solo and then they complained. I think Truman thought the Mario suit was itchy because he pulled at the back and just kept repeating off, off, off until it was off. He was fine as a robot. And Spencer went with Robin for Trick or Treating; Robin from Teen Titans Go as he told every single person who asked who he was.






At least I keep all their costumes so they can be 17million different things again next year!

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Halloween House 2015

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

We’ve lived on a busy halloween street for two years now and I love it. Between last year before Halloween, plus some clearance and a little bit this October, we have built up a bit of  a collection of outside decorations; a bit all over the place theme-wise, but a collection nonetheless. I tried to narrow the porch area down to orange/spiders and then we had ghosts around the yard. Plus a skeleton. And a zombie head. And a bird. Everyone has their favorites and it’s hard to narrow things down.



I thought my bar cart candy station was so clever. And then Truman figured out how to unwrap lollipops.


Finishing touches. Our glow in the dark spiders were disappointingly non-glowy.


Robin vs the Ghost Tree


Weirdly obsessed with the skeleton bird in a cage.


He started the day as a web-trapped skeleton, but he didn’t stay there all night.


Truman loves this zombie head. He said hi to it every day. Weirdo.


Last year’s eyeball wreath matched nothing this year but the kids wouldn’t let me leave it in the storage tub.

paper mache floating eye of death

Floating eye of death! My only DIY this year. It’s paper mache – basically an unfilled eyeball pinata.

floating eye of death pinata

It got busy enough that we sat on the porch and gave away candy – or ate it, in Spencer’s case


Hope everyone had a great Halloween! I am debating a NaBloPoMo – or in my case a NaBloPhoMo (mostly photo posts), if that is a thing. I have felt disconnected from this blog and feel like it might be finally fading out. But at the same time I miss it. Maybe posting once per day will make me feel recharged and clean up the million things in draft.

Halloween 2013: Mario Time!

Friday, November 1st, 2013

This Halloween, Spencer turned out to be a very lucky kiddo indeed. In 2011, He said he wanted to be Mr Potatohead starting in August and stuck to it. Same for last year and the robot. This year, he swore he wanted to be… a banana. I was dumb enough to fall for it. Banana costume purchase! I was ahead of the game. All locked in and it was only early September. Then the doubts started. He decided to be a robot again. Fine by me. I gave him deadlines for changing his mind. We were all set.

And then the day before the day before Halloween, he decided to be Mario. The next morning was a school day so I told him we could go to two Targets after school and that would be the extent of costume search. Target #1: Luigi. Not good enough. Target #2: Score!

The real reason he likes the trunk or treat at his school.

Post festivities relaxing

I am choosing to believe that both buttons coming off his overalls is a sign he had a super fun time.

Pumpkin Carving with Pumpkin Masters Kits {sponsored}

Friday, October 11th, 2013

We had so much fun carving pumpkins this year. When I received the awesome tools from Pumpkin Masters I knew I wanted to see it all in action. Spencer is only four so his attention span for carving is pretty limited. He’s more of a pick the pattern and then wants it to magically appear in 5 minutes. Thankfully, we have Halloween loving friends with 3 grade school aged kids. Perfect for a veritable pumpkin carving bonanza.


The set up for a pumpkin carving party is pretty easy. We used the grass in the backyard, but a tarp would work, too. I’ve even carved a pumpkin indoors once but I felt like the pumpkin guts smell lingered for days. We had Pumpkin Masters kits, a big carving knife, some spoons for guts removal, bowls for holding pumpkin parts, some paper towels and some extra patterns. The Kits are great because the contain everything you need for the actual carving of the pumpkin. I felt much more secure watching the 10 year olds use the tools than I would if knives had been involved. Given the age of the kids, we had an adult cut open the pumpkins, but scraping can be done at any age.

Pumpkin Carving with Kids

The scraper thing is so handy! No gouging, like with a spoon.

While the adults finished up most of the innards removal, the kids picked out their designs. Spencer decided on a spiral from the punch kit (mostly because it looked like an S, but his pumpkin wasn’t tall enough to run the design vertically) and a spider from the kids kit, so he could use the super cool eyes that came with the set. The older kids decided on a superman logo S, the UCLA logo and Jack Skellington. They found the patterns online and brought them over.

Pumpkin Masters Punch Kit

He went back and cleaned up some of the holes with the tiny saw after punching.

I would rate the skill level on the punch set pretty high. The spacer tool was easy enough to use, but I had some trouble getting the punch all the way through the shell of the pumpkin. My husband was able to finish the design and mentioned that it seemed like a particularly thick pumpkin. He may have been just trying to make me feel better. I was worried about the complexity of the designs until I saw that the large circle and small circle were attached in a single tool which results in even spacing every time.

Our 2013 Pumpkin Gallery

These are pretty obviously kid’s pumpkins and we are super pleased with them. That said, they are clearly not the most amazing pumpkins in the world. Do you carve the most amazing pumpkins in the world? There is a contest just for you! Pumpkin Masters is searching for carving talent as part of its annual Pumpkin Masters Carving Contest. Share a picture of your carving via Instagram or Twitter with #PumpkinMasters2013, submit via the Facebook app or send via email to: to enter for the chance to win one of six prizes, including $5,000 for the Best Pumpkin. Contest runs from October 1 – 31, 2013. Contest details and official rules can be found here.


The seven legged spider with strobe light is the official family favorite. #pumpkinmasterskit #spon by @babybabylemon

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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