The Guat’s Halloween-athon

31 Oct

I’m exhausted. If I was a bad mother I’d be full of energy right now, but I consider myself a pretty good Guat parent, so when it comes to Halloween I try to fit in as much fun as possible. From sunlight to moonlight the Halloween-athon was in full effect.

This is why I’m in need of Advil and a good massage.


It always starts and ends with the pumpkins.


Party at school.

We got dressed up and ready for the costume parade at school where Thor, gladiators, superheros, astronauts, cowboys and firefighters strutted their stuff.


Checking out the real deal.

After school we headed to the fire station so that my son could show off his costume and ask about a million questions, which he does every time we visit. Except this time it looked more official, considering he was wearing his uniform.


The baking begins.

After all that excitement we went home for snack time and began our baking project. Pumpkin pie … from scratch. Oh … yeah … it was on. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and never attempted. Visiting the pumpkin patch the other day got me into the spirit so I decided why not? This of course is how all Bucket List items begin for me.

I began the pumpkin pie baking journey with my son. Step one … making your own pumpkin puree. Step Two … follow Bobby Flay‘s Pumpkin Pie recipe. We got to mixing, whisking, pouring, and baking.


Jack-o-Lantern Time

While the pie was baking we decided to carve the pumpkins and baby sister decided to help her four-year old brother remove the seeds. There was pumpkin membranes and pumpkin seeds on every surface, including the dog.



This was our finished product. I know it looks basic, but it was a very creative and skillful effort on the part of my son and his awesome pumpkin carving tools. I was very proud of his cutting skills. Very patient. Very.


Ding! Ding! Ding! The Main Event.

Once the pumpkin pie was done and the Jack-O-Lantern was complete we ventured off into the night for some tricks-or-treats…mostly treats. A bucket full.


Spooky houses.


A different take on the Hollywood sign.


Some nice front lawn decor.


The best Halloween House I’ve seen.


Fountain at Boney Island house.


The tree house at Boney Island.


The window display at Boney Island house.


The porch at Boney Island house.

After all that trick-or-treating and hanging out at amazing Halloween houses, we headed home with a bucket full of Snickers, M&Ms, Twizzlers, Twix, and KitKats. People seemed to enjoy giving away chocolate. I had no problem with that. We plopped ourselves in front of the couch and watched It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. My feet were thankful for the rest, so was my back.


My pumpkin pie 🙂

Then after giving the kids a bath, reading bedtime stories, putting them to sleep, putting the roasted pumpkin seeds in Ziploc containers, and washing the dishes, I finally ended my day — my Halloween-athon. One slice, one spoon, and a lot of whipped cream. It was a Guat-sized portion. I got a little carried away. I was proud of myself for making it … from scratch.  Ahhhh, that Bobby Flay … he rocks.


13 Responses to “The Guat’s Halloween-athon”

  1. laura@eljaygee November 1, 2012 at 1:21 AM #

    Lovely post – a great narrative though I was exhausted at the end of the day.

    • The Guat November 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM #

      I was sooooooooo tired. I’m surprised I even had energy to post this. 🙂 But it was a great night.

  2. adinparadise November 1, 2012 at 5:22 AM #

    Wow, what a GREAT Halloween post, TG. I’m exhausted just reading about all the things you did. 🙂 Your son’s carving skills really rock, and so does your pumpkin pie “from scratch.” 😀 Fabulous pics of all the spooky decorations. Your neighbours really went to town. 😆

    • The Guat November 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM #

      I tried to pile in as much fun as possible and in truth it took my son a while to carve that pumpkin, but eventually he did it. I just cleaned up the edges a bit, but we both had a blast. I particularly enjoyed baking the pie I feel like such a baker now. And I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures I was hoping you would check them out 🙂

  3. Darla Welchel November 2, 2012 at 1:54 AM #

    Wow, where do you live where they decorate their houses like that?! Boney Island was awesome!

    • The Guat November 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM #

      Boney Island was definitely the best house I have ever been to…hands down. They were in an awesome Halloween mude. Loved it and so did my son. We live in Southern California where apparently the Halloween Spirit is running wild 🙂

  4. Darla Welchel November 2, 2012 at 1:54 AM #

    Reblogged this on Through The Lens and commented:
    You have got to see all these cool photos of the decorated Halloween houses.

  5. Mr Oh November 2, 2012 at 3:19 AM #

    Wow, you are an amazing parent for doing all that. 🙂

    • The Guat November 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM #

      Today was definitely a good day 🙂 One point for mom.

  6. kz November 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM #

    boney island — coney it ^^ your Halloween looks like so much fun

    • The Guat November 7, 2012 at 12:16 AM #

      Boney Island was definitely awesome! And we my son had a great time.

  7. Andrea Kelly November 12, 2012 at 4:07 AM #

    It looks like it was a blast! What a cool neighborhood too – so many decorations. Congrats on making your first pie from scratch! How did it turn out? Looks delicious anyways 🙂

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