On Friday evening, our school hosted it's annual Halloween festivities, this year outside as "Trunk or Treat." Various parents volunteer to decorate their cars and pass out candy; there are also games and a bake sale. We were there right at opening time--Sis as Black Widow and Bud as Link (from videogame Zelda)--because experience has taught us that the check-in line gets long quickly. The kids had 30 tickets for visiting the cars (this prevents multiple visits and un-registered visitors) and some tickets for games and such. And I let them go . . . . they wandered around the school parking lot with friends, while I wandered around with the other adults. It was chilly but not the worst we've had (one year it was cold AND so windy that we lasted about 15 minutes, enough time for the kids to make one circuit.) There were lots of cool costumes--'50s waitresses, (too many) zombies, Katniss, various witches and princesses, a cute Barney, a chunky mouse, My Little Pony. It was a great way to kick off our Halloween season. Only one more year of this--I'm going to miss it.
Saturday, through the afternoon:
After our usual kung fu and ice skating, we took off for annual visit to the faerie houses at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme (see 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009. We've gone every year (except when they took a hiatus for a scarecrow exhibition, 2010) since it began. It's one of our favorite family traditions and permeates our fall and spring as we make our own faerie houses. This year the theme was Whimsical Castles.
Here are a few of my favorites.
|Merida's castle tower and standing stones, one of my favorites.|
|Not a faerie house, obviously, just a colorful handprint on a tree from some other program.|
As usual, I like doors and gateways, especially those set in trees.
And I preferred the more natural-looking houses to the ones made of painted plywood, found objects, etc. In fact, the bright green Oz and gold Thai palace, among others, seemed out of place.