To be honest, I recently realized I've been purposefully ignoring Halloween. I was really wanting to have this baby before Halloween, so I've made plans for the kids to go trick-or-treating with a neighbor, I haven't even thought about costumes, and the extent of our decorating is what the kids could do themselves: put pumpkins on the front porch, stick our wooden ghosts in the ground, and draw a picture of a spider or two. I really love this time of year, but I just wanted to ignore it because I didn't want to be a part of it--I wanted to be in the hospital or at home with a new baby.
But as time is running out and Halloween is drawing closer, I'm realizing that my dream of having Elsie a week before Halloween isn't very feasible. My sister Sara made a good point that's stuck with me--if it's this busy this year, it'll be this busy every year. I don't want to negotiate a birthday party right in the midst of all these fall events--it's just not fair to Elsie, not when I have a say in it. So, as I become more and more at peace with the date November 4 or 5 for an induction, I've realized that I can't ignore Halloween and I need to do some fun things with the kids--both for their sanity and mine.
We're planning on going to the apple orchard next weekend, but I don't think I have the strength for a big corn maze this year. Still, I've got the girls' holiday hair bows out and we're making pumpkin pancakes and soup and stuff. What are YOUR favorite Halloween activities? Anything a 37+ week pregnant woman can do (I don't mind if it sends me into labor)? Annalisa keeps asking to carve the pumpkins, but we don't want to do that until it's a little bit closer to Halloween, and we'll probably also make sugar cookies to decorate. At some point or another I'm going to have to put some costumes together. I did find a great idea for myself... but you'll just have to wait for pictures of that one.
Anyway. I hope you are all having fun getting ready for the holiday season.