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Friday, 3 November 2017

All Hallows Eve

My apologies for the technical hiccup last week, for some reason the post didn't automatically publish so Five on Friday was a little slow out of the gate last Friday!

On Saturday we had Logan's Halloween themed birthday party so everyone came along to the local in fancy dress. I say Halloween themed but both the children opted to dress in non spooky costumes.

Logan decided he wanted to be the most handsome little stormtrooper I've ever seen

Is it a fearsome stormtrooper?

...It's Logan!

Aurora didn't stay still for more than 5 minutes all day so we only managed to get 1 photo of her in her Belle costume, stuffing her face as per usual!

Beauty or the Beast?
As for me, what else was I to dress as other than a wolf?

What's the time Mr Wolf?

On Halloween itself Logan had a bit of a fever and really wasnt feeling himself so we ended up carving our pumpkin the next day when he felt better. Once it was finished we added a few drops of cinnamon essential oil and lit the candles, the whole house smelled of Cinnamon and Pumpkin!

Our Jack'O'Lantern this year
When we're done with the Jack'O'Lantern I expect we'll break it up and put it out for the chickens but I've read a lot online encouraging people to put theirs out in local parks and woods for the squirrels etc which I think is a lovely idea, it'll keep them out of trouble for a couple of days at least!

One thing we have done this year is to save the seeds from our pumpkin so hopefully we can get some of them to grow on our land to add a bit of diversity and biomass to the soil next year.

saving pumpkin seeds
Do you save seeds from your pumpkins? We'd love to hear any ideas about putting the pumpkins/seeds to good use after Halloween has been and gone!

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  1. Love the idea of a scented pumpkin candle. Thanks for the squirrel tip, we have two squirrels in the garden, they'll love our pumpkin I think.

  2. Looks like a fun party! Thanks for hosting Five on Friday :)

  3. I'm also saving pumpkin seeds for next year..

  4. Nice job on the Halloween party. I bet the kids really enjoyed it. You'll probably get a nastygram though, from that old lady who bitched you out about your Confederate flag. Celebrating a Pagan holiday! OH, MY, MY!

    The biggest pumpkin in the state of Georgia was raised in our county this year. They had to use a winch to lift it.

  5. In Belgium Halloween is not very much celebrated it depends the regions. This year a few kids came, but there was only a bit decoration in the shops nothing private. Some restaurants celebrated too (on purpose) lol !

  6. The only candle I could find was an apple cinnamon one and our whole porch smelled great on Halloween! Wonderful Halloween photos, looks like a fun time. I put our pumpkin seeds out for the birds and/or squirrels but so far they've ignored them. Too many acorns to keep them busy, I guess. Hope you are having a great weekend.

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  8. What a fun Halloween! Sorry Logan didn't feel well. Looks like fun for all though.


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