Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween 2013!

I love, love, love, Halloween! I always have and I'm pretty sure I always will. 
I still dress up, I still like to attend parties, and  I encourage my children to come up with creative ideas for costumes and have fun with it, too. Here's the Jackson Family Halloween line-up for 2013:
 Z is a Dark Wizard, O is a Fire Wizard (I sewed their cloaks from my pattern) and J is Blinkie the Super-Hero-Attack-Puppy because he doesn't actually know who Scooby-Doo is.  Micah is a dude with pink hair and moustache. Let's just call him Guido.
Celebrating Halloween is one of those traditions that holds magical memories for me as a child. I loved the parties, I loved the carnival games, I loved the haunted houses and I loved the (gasp) candy! I can still remember almost all of my costumes from the time I was a clown at age 4, to a Can-can girl at age 14, to the year I was Spongebob Squarepants at age 24!  And now here I am as a big bag of Jelly Belly's jelly beans at age 34. It never gets old!

And just in case you didn't know, bags of Jelly Bellys CAN DANCE: 

Z, O. and J heading to a community party.
Our family made caramel apples this year for the first time. They were super easy to make and super ono-licious! Although, I think I added too much water into the hot caramel mixture because after sitting for 2 hours, most of the caramel melted right off of it. Oh well, they still tasted good.
Another Halloween activity we did this year was enter this community coloring contest that came in the Iron County newspaper.  Each child received a coloring book with  22 Halloween-themed coloring pages inside, with each coloring page correlating to a different business around town. 
Once the kids finished their Halloween pictures, they could drop them off at the various businesses to be entered into a contest to win prizes! The prizes ranged from 50 dollars cash, to a new bicycle, to restaurant gift cards, to movie tickets, to small cash prizes, to candy bars!
 And I tell ya what, I've never seen my children sit so still for so long while intensely coloring those pages-- especially our 7 year old who hates coloring! Even he made himself sit down for at least an hour a day for two weeks straight to finish coloring those pages. 
We made sure our children knew they were taking a risk to enter, and that they weren't guaranteed to win anything at all, but they wanted to take the chance anyways.
Some of our best ones! The top two are Micah's and mine. There was even a coloring contest for age 19+!
When the deadline finally came to drop them off, I sat the boys down and we organized our plan of action. First we looked up all the businesses on a  map. Then we categorized each business into the direction it was located around town, such as North Cedar, South Cedar, West Cedar, and "Random Cedar." We had 70 pages to drop off, including the two that Micah and I colored. 
It took us 2 1/2 hours to drive around town and drop off all those pages. The hardest part was getting in and out of the car 22 times so the boys could hand them in. I was so exhausted when we got home that I  slept for 2 more hours!
This week the results came in and here's what they won: 
Jonah won a king-sized Hershey's Bar, Odin won some gummy candies and ten dollars cash, and  Zadok won an ice-cream cone. Micah and I won nothing.

So was it worth it? 
The kids say yes!
 Okay, I say yes, too. 
Sure the kids didn't win the big prizes and the stress of driving around was annoying, to say the least, but all in all, it was a great lesson learned for the boys. They learned about making and sticking to personal goals, meeting a deadline, working hard and completing their projects, and lastly, a lesson in taking risks and chances in life. All good life lessons, in my opinion!

Here's to another awesome Halloween. Happy Halloween 2013!
Make Halloween Stress Balls and Antenna Balls.

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