Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Cookies, Spiders & Pumpkin Carving

October 30th, the day for our Halloween tradition, a craft and Halloween cookies. We were happy that we could have Olivia over to share in the festivities. (I have been meaning to help our her mom, who just had twins, by having Olivia over but we have been sick and then family comes and then we got sick again. Finally we were all better and without visitors, so we could help her out and have Olivia over for the afternoon to give her mom a break) My kids love to make things. This year we made spiders out of styrofoam balls and pipe cleaners. (I forgot to take pictures of this event) After the spiders we decorated Pumpkins and Ghosts. Instead of making the ghosts white, we frosted them green and the pumpkins orange. The kids had a ball decorating and made all kids of creepy and crazy cookie creations. (say that 5 times fast) Taryn even got into the cookie decorating. I thought she would just lick off the icing, but surprisingly she didn't. She took the candy and made some good looking cookies!
And once the cookies were decorated we all tried one, just to make sure they tasted okay. They were YUMMY! That evening it was time to carve pumpkins. Now usually we would have done this long before now, but I was told that if you carve the pumpkins too early here in Tennessee they will mold and go bad. So that is why we are doing it later.

I was teasing the kids, telling them I would eat the pumpkin. Grossed them out!!! Both my kids are squeamish about sticking their hands into the pumpkin to pull out the "pumpkin guts" as my dad always called them. We had to force Tyson just to stick his hand in last year. This year we didn't have to force but we did have to coax him just a bit. EWW! Gross mom! He was totally grossed out and had a hard time cleaning out the pumpkin, but I gotta give the kid props, he did clean MOST of it out. Now getting the munchkin to help out was a whole other issue. She first had to have her shirt off like Tyson. (She wants to do everything her big brother does). Then she would look into the pumpkin and say "No Way." But after a while she did stick her hand it and grab some "guts" but then quickly said,"That yucky mommy." My kids are pansies! The vampire pumpkin!
We also carved a Tennessee T pumpkin, in honor of where we live. GO VOLS!!
Our scary pumpkins. I love this time of year and all of the fun activities it brings. Happy Halloween.


Daisie said...

COOL pumpkin!! That Taryn is so cute--I love that she had to take her shirt off like her brother!!