Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Teaser

We had a little pre-Halloween celebration on Saturday with a glorious, break-in-the-rain sunny day. If you're a parent, you probably recall that the slightest hint of fall (usually the first day of school) brings forth a child's overwhelming urge to dream up a creative expression of him/herself. And the promise of candy only strengthens that urge!

Wynne returned as Strawberry Shortcake once again --thanks Grandma Jan for that Thrift Shop find last year!--and the other kids really put some thought into their costumes. Being a theatre minor, you'd think my kids would have these beautifully-sewn, breathtaking costumes. I wish. Oh well, they turned out pretty cute, anyway! We revamped some of Cy's old clothes for Ally's Olympic softball uniform, picked up a skeleton mask at Dollar Tree and turned Cy loose with a pair of scissors, dug up a safari hat and army shirt for Paige's zookeeper, and scored a head microphone at Goodwill for Singer Shae. Works for me!

Stonefield Village is a wonderful reproduction of a 19th century farm and village near Cassville. Every year the folks in Cassville decorate many of the village buildings, turning the barns into haunted houses and such. Children are invited to come trick-or-treating, and it is a wonderful time!

This year was even more wonderful because we arrived in the parking lot at the same time as some friends of ours! Wynne was so excited to see "my best friend Ava".

As we approached the covered bridge leading into the village, we saw a Spider Stew brewing and a coven of witches. They were cackling away, and some of the kids were a little bit apprehensive to go further!

But we soon learned that this coven was a friendly coven. Whew!

Next, Annika the cat and Shae the pop star led us to the school house.

Perhaps one of my favorite parts of the whole adventure was this witch's vintage Barbie-type mask. Remember those plastic sweat-catchers we used to wear in the 70s? I wish I had a closer picture of this piece of coolness.

Cruella DeVil read a Halloween story in the General Store by the light of a lantern and the warmth of a pot-bellied stove.

After a few scares at the livery stable, creamery, firehouse, jail and depot, we finally made it safely to the boardwalk! It was fun to see our friends Mason and Hannah there.

They're standing in front of the Saloon, which scored #1 on our treat-meter. The friendly barkeep and his wife had a puppy to pet, doughnut balls, CHOCOLATE bars, and root beer. Who can beat that??
Next door to the saloon was the photograph gallery where Ed and Maralee Preston so generously took pictures of every visitor. Our kids joined the cutest little Bat and Cat for a photo that turned out waaaay better than mine. (Thanks, Ed!)

The evening was upon us when we left Stonefield Village. What a fantastic afternoon it was!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.--Romans 15:13


Blogger Astrid said...

We had an awesome time with you!

I wonder why my Google Reader didn't show your post until just now....hmmmm.

November 4, 2009 at 4:27 AM  

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