October is my favorite month - fall fairs, crisp air, warm days and cool nights, apple picking, gourds, PUMPKINS (have I mentioned pumpkins are my favorite thing?), Halloween ... September is a close second, but October is definitely my favorite month. We set up our Halloween village recently and broke out the Halloween box (a huge rubbermaid tote full of Halloween books, magazines, toys, CDs and tapes, puzzles, craft supplies, molds/cookie cutters, etc.) and have been having a ball going through everything. Holden has a new favorite book, "The Ugly Pumpkin". He fond this at the library a couple of weeks ago, and has almost worn holes through it so I had to buy him his own copy. It came in the mail today - you should have seen how his eyes lit up! He knows all the words and reads it to anyone/everyone he can. I am going to have to get a video of him reading it, but that will require me figuring out how to use the camcorder. Ok, well, I can take a video, but once it is on that little tiny tape, I have no idea what to do with it. I have tons of those tapes from when McKenna was really little, but have never figured out how to watch them so I haven't taken any of Holden. Poor kid!
McKenna's current favorite Halloween books are the Alice and Greta books, "Alice and Greta" and "Greta's Revenge". I am trying to instill the "Brewmarang Principle" in my kids ... whatever you chant, whatever you brew, sooner or later comes back to you. unlike Holden, though, McKenna has new favorite books every day. But Alice and Greta have been her favorites for years.
Tomorrow is our first pumpkin picking (and second apple picking) excursion of the year. We are all excited. Holden plans to find the ugliest pumpkin he can to bing home. Having he book is simply not enough; he needs to have the actual ugly pumpkin in his possession as well. He comes by it honestly though; after finding the perfect carving pumpkin, I always am on the look out for the oddest looking pumpkins I can find.
In honor of my favorite month of October, I wanted to have a little contest. The winner will receive a free little handmade Halloween plaything from us, but I am not telling what ;) Post your favorite October activities (you can post as a comment) between now and October 16th, and I will pick my favorite of your favorites on the 17th. You can post as many favorite things as you wish. We are always looking for new things to do to celebrate fall and Halloween!