Halloween Traditions

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October is my favorite month of the year, and not just because it is sweater season so I can stop dieting and shaving my legs, although those are pluses.  No October is wonderful because there is just so much fun to be had!  Here is a list of things will be happening in the next several weeks in my house. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Costume Shopping

 I can’t sew to save my life.  I can’t even put a button on a shirt with it in the right spot.  So a shopping we will go.  This process actually starts in August with the arrival of the Wishcraft, Halloween Express, and Fireflies catalogs.  My boys will stare at these catalogs for hours and hours discussing the pros and cons of each costume.  Minds will change a dozen times before a final decision will be made.  Then it is off to Halloween USA where their selections are purchased, along with all needed accessories.  Because I teach early elementary I also get in costume every year!

Hocus Pocus

Charlie Brown and Hocus Pocus

The rule in our house is there will be no Great Pumpkin until two weeks before Halloween, but Hocus Pocus is usually watched the first week of October to help get the holiday spirit flowing.

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Cider Mills, Hayrides & Pumpkins

Without question I live for this annual tradition.  There is something magical about being out on a crisp sunny day picking apples, selecting the perfect pumpkins, eating pumpkin spice donuts and cold cider, and letting the kids play in the Halloween themed play area.  Plus my Cider Mill actually makes wine and has FREE wine tastings.  Cider, donuts, and wine, oh my!

wine tasting

 The Fog

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I love horror movies.  Come October I have a blast watching all the cheesy sci-fi and classic horror flicks that come on every night.  The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street, and the 1979 version of The Fog are some of my favorites.

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Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Every year we go to The Henry Ford Greenfield Village for their Hallowe’en Happenings.  Three thousand Jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, mad scientists, haunted houses, and the Headless Horseman.  Last year Casey got scared out of his mind by the Scarecrow.  He walked right up to it, only to have the guy pretending to be a scarecrow jump out and grab him.

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Up North

I love living in Michigan, and October is the best month to be in the mitten state.  The U.P. is in full color by September, but we have to wait a little longer.  There is nothing better than a weekend up north.  The trees are glorious, the bugs are gone, and giant flocks of Canadian geese are flying over head going south for the winter.

Carving Jack-O-Lanterns

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Every year we carve an assortment of pumpkins.  Scary ones, funny ones, and even character ones.  Over the years I have learned that pumpkin carving is a lot easier if you have the right tools.  Invest in the carving kits.  They make the job so much easier!

What family activities does your family do come this time of year?  Please share below!

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