Last Halloween we were home with a two-week-old… and had absolutely no desire to do anything festive. Mom visited, along with Jackie and they handed out candy to the throngs of kids that live in our neighborhood. That was it for Halloween 2009.
This Halloween, Bill and I spent some time deciding on a costume for Tommy and figuring out what we wanted to do. One of the moms in our group suggested spending the afternoon at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. It’s a working farm with a petting zoo, produce stand, corn maze, pumpkin cannon and wagon rides. They have a big pumpkin patch in October, strawberry and watermelon tours in the summer and Christmas trees in December. So, we all met up in Irvine and had a great time playing. Almost all of the babies are walking now, so it was interesting trying to have conversations while the babies wanted to walk all over the place.
Bill made the dough the night before and baked them on Sunday morning before we left. Not a bad way to start the day!
Tommy was Maverick for Halloween. Since he won’t let us put ANYTHING on his head, that cut out about 90% of the costumes marketed for toddlers. When I was making his birthday t-shirt I got the idea to try and find a toddler-sized bomber jacket and pair it with jeans and a white t-shirt. I totally lucked out and found this jacket at H&M. I did some online research to find images of the patches that were on Tom Cruise’s bomber jacket in the film. I printed out some of the patches onto iron-on paper, ironed them onto some dark brown twill fabric and sewed them onto the jacket. A few websites will sell you actual patches that have been reproduced from the film, but they would have been too big for this jacket. I’m really happy with how it turned out… and happy that he actually kept the jacket on.
I wore my Robin Sparkles costume from two years ago. If you don’t watch the TV show How I Met Your Mother, then you will have no idea who Robin Sparkles is. In that case, I was just a random 1980s pop star.
It was quite a challenge to get Tommy’s hair combed. He kept trying to grab the comb from Bill’s hand.
Our friends had some really great costumes… like this, the monkey, banana and palm tree family.
Tommy enjoyed rolling the pumpkins onto the ground…
and tried SO hard to pick them back up.
Eliana was a beautiful sugar plum fairy. I really adore her costume!
The weather was significantly warmer than we all expected with temps in the low 80s. So many of the plush and/or fleece costumes didn’t stay on for very long.
The farm had a ton of wheel barrows that were free to use. And made for some entertaining photo ops.
Tommy has his pumpkin!
Hi Tommy! Whatcha got there?
Tanaka Farms was a lot of fun and I’m really glad we went. It was very busy since Halloween was on a Sunday, but it never felt crowded. Admission and parking was free, which surprised me for Orange County. The pumpkins were overpriced but you are essentially paying for the fun, not necessarily for the pumpkin.
After playing at the farm, we all drove home for naps. Around dinnertime we all met back at Max’s house to have dinner and spend the evening handing out candy to trick-o-treaters. Well… Max’s dad, Mel, handed out the candy. The rest of us sat in their living room (right near the front door) heckling the kids. They live in a really nice, gated neighborhood in Signal Hill, so lots of kids from neighboring communities come there for trick-o-treating. There were plenty of young kids dressed in a wide variety of costumes. But there were also a bunch of older kids who were either not in costume at all, too old to be trick-o-treating or stopping at the same houses multiple times. So, we enjoyed messing with them a bit. We ran out of candy right around 9pm when we relocated to the back family room and got ready to head home.
It was a really wonderful Halloween and one that we will most likely consider Tommy’s first Halloween.