The Great Pumpkin
I love having a good weekend! Sometimes we make plans that seem like they will be fun, but end up being kind of boring and crappy. This weekend we had lots of Halloween themed fun times. On Saturday, we went to our playgroup’s Halloween party. On Sunday, we went to The Heritage Museum of Orange County for their annual pumpkin weighing contest.
Huck wanted to be a ghost this year. At first I thought that that would be too common, but when I thought about it, I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a kid in a white sheet-style ghost costume except in cartoons. It took some messing around to figure out a ghost costume with a removable head piece that still looked classic, and I’m not sure if it was fully successful, but it was definitely cute. Still, he only wore it for about five minutes. I’ve figured out that I will need to cut armholes in the bottom piece (and he can wear a long-sleeved white t-shirt) so that his arms feel free. The head piece also kept slipping, so I think I need to attach it to a headband so that the eye holes don’t keep moving around and he can see.
Milo is Dracula mostly because I needed a costume that wouldn’t cover his head. I made him a simple cape and ended up sewing it to his shirt so that it wouldn’t strangle him. I used Huck’s matador pants from last year, made a quick amulet from ribbon and painted wood and rhinestones, and it ended up being a pretty simple costume to put together. He also wasn’t interested in the heavy black shoes, so he’s a SoCal Dracula in sandals.
I need to dress them up again and do a little photo shoot, but we still have Halloween day do that.
The next day we went to the The Heritage Museum of Orange County‘s annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off. The whole event was really, really great. It was tucked away in an industrial part of town, and obviously not very many people knew about it. There were continuous western gunfights and audience participation-type shows being put on in the streets by by Boothill Productions. Very cute, and the kids loved it. They also featured a restored old fairground organ that was very loud and could be heard throughout the grounds. They also had cheap-o stuff for sale that people had donated and I picked up some awesome vintage children’s books for 10 cents a piece. My plan is to figure out how to rebind them into blank journals, perhaps keeping a few of the original illustrations tucked away in the pages. Will it actually happen? Who knows! My brother-in-law has done a fair amount of book binding, so maybe I’ll corner him this Christmas and shove beeswax and twine in his face and see if he can help me. I also picked up an old Chinese Checkers game for a quarter that I plan on hanging on the wall somewhere. Huck had his face painted for the first time (we’ve always painted his arm, not his face) which he thought was just fantastic. The grounds themselves were very pretty to walk around, and there is a real functioning blacksmith shop on site, nature walks, and someone even brought a horse and was giving kids free pony rides!
The main event was the pumpkin weigh-off. There were some serious pumpkins there! Most had to be picked up with a forklift to move them. This year’s prize winning pumpkin was 903 lbs! It made me want to grow some kind of giant, mutant, prize-winning vegetable.