Have you been getting ready for Halloween? We've kept it pretty simple around here this year since our focus has been preparing for a new baby. There are a lot of things I've wanted to do, but I just don't have the energy. I bet being this pregnant is almost the same as being like 105 years old. I can get up and do something like load the dishwasher, but then I have to lay down. We have a couple pumpkins on the porch and a mum that has all but dried up and died [but dead things work for Halloween decor too, right?]. I have some cute stuff up in the house and a guest even commented on the fact that I even had some fall decor in the bathroom. Is that weird? I always like to change things around for new seasons.
I feel a little behind. I haven't made homemade peanut butter cups yet or anything else festive. I have been cooking a lot with pumpkin but mostly breakfast items for our college students on Sundays. I did make a big batch of pumpkin granola from Two Peas and Their Pod. Maria has some really great recipes on her site so check it out some time.
Have you picked out your costume yet? I'm hoping to go as not pregnant. I'm looking forward to being home on Halloween this year with a snuggly baby and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. We never seem to be home on Halloween so I am going to enjoy it. Here's a little costume advice: don't dress as a slutty anything. You can do that the whole rest of the year. Do something fun and creative. Here are some great ideas from Nest of Posies. I especially love the mini-Dwight.
Another important aspect of Halloween is making sure you watch "It's the Great Pumpkin" at least 3 times.
I love the part where Sally gives Linus the business about cheating her out of "tricks or treats". Hell does have no fury like a woman denied chocolate. :) I'm not one of those people who freaks out about Halloween. I will not make my children dress as Bible characters and only go to church events labeled as "Harvest Celebrations" or "Trunks of Treats". Those things are great but come on--live a little! [I know, I know, I'm such a daring pastor's wife.] I'm not into evil and ghoulish things but Halloween is supposed to be fun!
*I waited an appropriate amount of time and lightning did not strike.
And don't even get me started on this guy:
I will not deny my children the magic of holidays. I think there's a way to balance Christ and Santa, with Christ's birth taking center stage. But I don't need to talk about that today.
I hope you're getting excited about Halloween! If you need some inspiration, please visit some of these blogs:Tasty Kitchen
Mel's Kitchen Cafe