Halloween Party Preparations

Pumpkin Trail - Leading to the carving area
@webeishere (36353)
United States
October 14, 2008 1:02pm CST
Halloween is fast approaching us. The Springbrook Nature Center where I walk often has a huge party for the families near Halloween. This Sunday as my wife and I walked the trails they also had the pumpkin carving starting. This photo is the trail to the carving station. I tried to get my wife to go carve a few pumpkins but she didn't want to. Anyhow they had 4 pallets with huge boxes on them full of pumpkins. I am guessing around 500 total pumpkins. People come and carve these for free then these are set on the trails for the day of the family party. They are lit and look awesome. They have various entertainmenmt all along the trails, they have lights on some trails as well, music by a DJ, dancing, food stands, bonfires and all sortrs of other family entertainment. Indoors they also have a mildly scary set upo to walk through. Are you taking your kids to any party this Halloween?I am planning on taking my grandsons this year again. They had a blast last year at it. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Chin festival addition - this fall our chincillas had babies in time for the festival. woot
Sounds lovely to me. Our community really does Halloween up as a harvest festival. We have so much fun. I love the pumpkin chunkin'. I really get into the visual aspect of it all. Too cool. Thanks for posting on this.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I live just a few miles from the city of Anoka which ois calssifioed as "The Halloween Capitol Of The World". Thay have 2 pades for Halloween. One is the Friday before Halloween and this consists of the typical floats and bands and also the school kids from local schools in costume. Then that Saturday they have a huge run called Gray Ghost Run and the parade and HS Band competition etc. The downtown area is set up with a fgew statges for music and also a haunted alley. Huge deal in Anoka each year. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Last year I got to go with when they took my granddaughter to the mall...they had lots of fun activities for them to do too....and it's safer then them running from door to door...she is a little too young for anything too scary!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
14 Oct 08
MOA? They always have a huge party for kids at the amusement park there. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I normally just give out candy here at home to the little ones, well the not so little ones also. haha Looks like this Halloween we will either be on the highway or already at my daughter's. The NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway is on the 2nd of Nov. is the reason we will be up there. We don't have anyplace around here that does anything fun like what you mentioned but it does sound like a really fun time to be had by all. I like the idea of people getting to carve pumpkins into jack o lanterns for the event.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I love NASCAR. I just go to the local Short TRacks here thou8gh. But I have met a lot of the NASCAR Late Model Drivers. They do race out here for publicity as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
15 Oct 08
That sounds like alot of fun. I would love to do something like that some time with my family. My daughter is 16 and we do not have any plans for Halloween yet since my husband and I work seven days a week right now.
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15 Oct 08
Hi GRANDPA BOB, A week before Halloween my friend is holding Halloween party because some people cannot make for day itself so my friend is holding it next week, it should be fun. Tamara
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I pass out candy but that is about all. We never have celebrated Halloween even when growing up except for having our Fall Festival at Church. I do enjoy seeing the different things people can do with with a pumpkin and a knife.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Not even as kids huh? Missed out on ALL THE FUN THEN i SAY. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
15 Oct 08
When i was young (about 4yrs. i think) a lady that lived in the same town (she was a teacher) handed out posioned candy and after that my Dad wouldn't let us near a trick or treat bag.
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
14 Oct 08
[i]Hi Grandpa B, wow..sounds cool! I have no idea if we have something like that in our area, it will be my first Halloween here and having no kids right now, I do know if hubby and I will be going somewhere, maybe if we will have some invitation with friends with kids! LOL![/i]
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Maybe stay home to hand out goodies. I love seeing the cute costumes. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
15 Oct 08
wow that sounds so neat! it would be fun to go and volunteer to carve some pumpkins for the display! as far as i know there isnt anything like that where i live. i THINK they have a little "haunted" tour thru the old state territorial prison, and they might have some music but i think thats it. since out of the blue, my 13yr has decided that she is too old to go trick or treating this year, i guess we are gonna just either watch the GhostHunters Live show, or rent some scary movies. and eat the candy that we buy to hand out but since no kids ever come down our unlit street..we HAVE to eat it LOL!
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I'm taking my son trick or treating, but otherwise have no plans for Halloween. I'm sure that he'll have a party at school, and I don't want to overwhelm him with activities. Having Autism makes it difficult for him sometimes to deal with unusual events, so most holidays are a little stressful for both of us. We do have a lot of fun with it though. Last year it took him 3 or 4 houses before he was really into the trick or treating thing, but after that, he didn't want to stop. He really seemed to enjoy the experience. I'm hoping that this year he's as enthusiastic once I get him out there. Maybe he'll even say "trick or treat" this year... last year he said "treat," "please," and sang when I tried to get him to say it (nothing like a rendition of "I'm a little teapot" instead of trick or treat).
@gemini_rose (16192)
14 Oct 08
Well being from the UK, we do not really seem to celebrate halloween the same. All people around here do is take the kids trick or treating. Well, growing up I never actually went trick or treating and so it was something that I never did with my son when he was little. I was a single parent with him and then when I met my now hubby when my son was 8 he was going with his friends. When I had my other children my hubby is always the one to take them trick or treating, so I reckon he will probably be the one to take them again this year. He did ask me if I wanted to take them, but I just do not, I just do not like the idea of knocking on peoples doors for sweets. Although the good thing is that I can afford this year to get some treats in for any trick or treaters that knock at our door. No one ever really bothers with celebrations for halloween and I do not know anyone that decorates their house either.
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@Shellyann36 (11599)
• United States
18 Oct 08
That trail looks very good and your description of the party sounds great! When the kids were smaller we took them trick-or-treating or to the churches fall festivals. I pass out candy now most of the time. We are having a party this year here at the house. I hope that all of our friends show up to enjoy a fun time with us. I hope you have a blast with your grandkids!
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
18 Oct 08
That sounds like so much fun!!! I don't know if I have anything like that in my area, but even if I do, I can't get to it because I don't drive. For Hallowe'en, I decorate my house a little bit, and on the day of, dress up in costume along with my boys. I'll be a vampire or a witch this year... it all depends on getting the fangs to attach to my eye teeth. lol. My sons haven't been invited to any Hallowe'en parties, but I did tell them that we could plan to have one some year. Maybe I'll aim for Hallowe'en 2010.
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
18 Oct 08
That's a really great idea, you must have creative people on the governing board there. We had a showing of Nosferatu at an old, old theater last night. Mom didn't feel like going and I'd seen it last year so we didn't attend but it's a silent film accompanied by a new score by a band call Eclipse. They've scored several silent movies and about every 3 months they show a silent at that theater, I love it! Only $5 to attend, cheaper than the "talkies"! So that's our Halloween happening, mainly. That, and Trick or Treat night which is inexplicably on Thursday the 30th this year. What were they thinking?!
@GardenGerty (116747)
• United States
16 Oct 08
Thanks for telling us about how these parks get that large number of pumpkins carved. I never thought about how many man hours that would take. You do have a neat park to party in. The most similar thing I ever did like that was to take my kids and some of their friends to the Sedgewick County Zoo for the holiday festivities. I hope you have tons of fun.
@SViswan (12071)
• India
15 Oct 08
We don't celebrate Halloween in India....but we are celebrating it at the school where I teach...because it is an 'international' school and we have kids from all parts of the world. We've already got quite a few carved 'pumpkins' (it's made out of clay....looks great, though. We'll be making scarecrows...and having trick or treat....another class is making an owl...and all the kids are going to come dressed in costumes and we hope to have a blast at school.