First, there was the homeschool Halloween party + mini fall festival (if you'll recall, this was cancelled the previous Friday, although we went exploring anyway).
On Saturday morning we baked festive sugar cookies with the kids; the oldest three got to cut out and decorate their creations as Hobie looked on. Many, many sprinkles lost their lives in the line of duty.
We then made a detour to Grandpa and Nana's for some costume viewing and advance trick-or-treating action. Grandpa had bought a box of thirty full-size candy bars; we raided accordingly. After that was a Halloween open house party at my brother's house. His lovely wife had baked up all sorts of goodies and the kids spent several hours wreaking havoc with their cousins.
Finally, it was Sunday. The pumpkin was carved, costumes donned yet again, and the kids and several of their friends were ready for the real deal. There's something about mountains of candy that gets them motivated!
And now we have such a frighteningly short time until Christmas. And about 57 birthdays between now and then. Because we tried to cram as many births as possible into the shortest amount of time.