Overdue Halloween Adventure Update

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Halloween has come and gone for another year. Honestly it was always one of my favorite holidays. As a kid I loved dressing up and going out with my friends trick or treating. You can’t forget about the Halloween Slumber Parties. As I got older the Halloween Parties, dressing up and going to the bar. But then the kids came and things changed.

Now I have these little humans that I get to dress up in adorable costumes, that I wish was socially acceptable to always have them in.

20151029_135034407_iOSWe started off on the Thursday before Halloween with a duo daycare party. My good friend who also has a home daycare came over for a little daycare get together. We all got dressed up, and the kiddos spent the whole time playing. After lunch the kiddos got to indulged in some yummy chocolate cupcakes my friend made and some “worms and dirt” dessert one of my daycare families brought.

That night though, I somehow managed to slam my fingers in the driver’s side door of my van. And I don’t mean, just bounce the door off my fingers. I mean the darn thing latched closed. I cried the whole way home from 711. My friend finally convinced me to get my engagement ring off. As soon as I got it off the pain decreased. I guess the swelling was able to happen without the rings restriction.

The next day was Friday. I had 2 daycare kiddos, one was going to be leaving early and the other was going to be joining us at the mall Trick or Treating. During lunch, my daycare girl who suppose to be coming with us landed up having an asthma attack. Since this was her first full blown attack, her mom and I agreed she should be picked up and taken to the doctor. Then my other daycare kiddo was picked up and it was just Little Z, myself and my friend and her son.

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The local mall does trick or treating during the day on Halloween. If it falls on a weekend they do it Friday. They always make sure it’s during the week so the little kids can come early and not have to be trampled on by the big kids. Little Z did awesome, he walked about 3/4 of the mall snacking on suckers as we went.  After that he asked to be carried, my friend decided to see if her Little boy wanted to walk and do his trick or treating that way instead of in the stroller. So Z when in the stroller and promptly passed out. Sugar coma at its finest.

After we finished up there, we hurried and picked up Wes from school. I had seen someone had posted that Ikea does a safe halloween the night before Halloween. So we thought we would check it out. Wow… It was a bit on the lame side. No one seemed to know what was going on. At the end though, we stopped at the cafeteria and bought cinnamon buns. Mmmmmm…. Ikea cinnamon buns made it worth the trip.

20151031_015143737_iOSWes came home that day with a pumpkin they had carved at school. Then him and hubby wanted to carve some pumpkins and make pumpkin seeds. Think there was a single store that had pumpkins still. LOL NO! So I remembered that a friend of mine on facebook was selling them this year. I messaged her and sure enough she had some. So Wes and I when and grabbed some. We never actually carved them because it was so late. But we did get into some of them and make pumpkin seeds.

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Then it was the big day. I woke up and my eye was all messed up. I swear when I slammed my hand in the door it messed everything up. The nerves were shooting pain up my arm, into my neck. I felt ill and kept having headaches. I’m sure the shock did a number on my immune system, because after I visited the craniosacral therapist a few days later, I feel 100% better. I’m not sure if it was really pink eye, or a cold in my eye. But I didn’t have time to go to wait in a walk in clinic, so I went to the pharmacy and picked up some Polysporin drops. We lazied around most of the day, then I took the boys for slurpees. This was Little Z’s first slurpee. I’m sorry to say he didn’t enjoy it for long, as he also experienced his first brain freeze.

We were not sure how it was going to be in the evening. It had been raining all day, and just looked like it was going to be a miserable night. However, even though it was misting all night it was beautiful. The mist was refreshing, and we all left our coats in the van.

The only issue is, Z usually likes to go to bed around 7-730. He starts slowing down around 6. He didn’t understand that we are not there to visit people. He just ran into my friends auntie’s house. The whole going to everybody’s house, but not stay was very confusing to him. Eventually my friend and I just put the little boys in the stroller wagon and pushed them as close to the door as we could get and held out their buckets with their older brothers. They did enjoy the candy, and are able to eat it, just all the stairs to get to people’s doors was too much. Everyone was so sweet and no one made any rude comments.

Last year we were in my home town and so many people were so rude to Z. He had trouble walking in his costume, plus he looks a lot younger than he really is. So people didn’t want to give him candy. They told me I was just going to eat it. So rude. I’m really glad we choose to stay in our neighborhood this year.

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The kids did really well, we were out for about 2-2.5 hours and they filled a pillowcase and about 1/3 of another pillow case. I have no pictures of Z by the candy once it was dumped out because he was out cold.

We had a blast. It was sad for me not to spend Halloween in my hometown because it’s so nostalgic for me. But I can see that it is easier for my kids to trick or treat in the city where the houses are closer together and people are less judgemental.

Good time with my kids and friends. No much more a mom can ask for.

How did you spend Halloween??

Penner’s Pumpkins and Scarecrow Forest Experience.

So I had a date this past weekend with my favorite little boys. Its been a long time since I took them on my own somewheres to do something fun, just me and them. 

I’m not sure about you, but I love Halloween and Fall festivities! Ever since I was a kid it was one of my favorite time of the year. I loved dressing up, Halloween parties, Boo at the Zoo, and local haunted houses, corn mazes, pumpkin carving, and of course making pumpkin pies.

Back when my big kids were little, I took them to a nearby corn maze. We had fun, but over the years it has gotten pretty big, and in my opinion less little kid friendly. So I started to look for something different. 

Well I found it! 

Penner Pumpkins & The Scarecrow Forest

Penner’s is located on a farm northeast of Steinbach, Manitoba. What I loved about it is it is totally kid oriented. If you have a more sensitive child, I could find nothing really scary about this place. 

I think even families who do not celebrate Halloween could enjoy this farm. There were no ghost, monsters, witches, werewolves, zombies, vampires, or any other scary creatures. Just farm animals, pumpkins and scarecrows.

The first thing Wes ran to do when we arrived was to start playing on one of the huge homemade play structures. He enjoyed the crazy slippery slides, and exploring the tunnels.  


Make sure to make lots of time to spend at Penner Pumpkins and Scarecrow forest. There were so many fun homemade play structures, your kids are going to want to keep running around playing. You won’t find ANYTHING like this in the city. 

Then came the paintball target range. Well as you can image, Wes was all over this! Imagine, being 9 years old and being ALLOWED to shoot a car and its passengers(scarecrows mind you) with a paintball gun? Yep, he was in his glory. Apparently he has good aim too! He was able to peg the scarecrow driver in the head several times. This summer at camp he apparently got a Bulls Eye his first shoot during archery and several throughout the day. 



Next came the Duck Races. One ticket got you a cute little rubber ducky to race. You put your rubber ducky in a race track and at the sound of “Ready, Set, Go!” you start pumping the water pump as fast as you can. 

But the best part was, we got to keep the ducky and we could go back and race with it as often as we wanted. Then at the end of the day, the boys got to bring them home. 


Wes and I found 2 GIANT homemade Connect Four games. There was also a picnic table, converted to a giant Checkers board.  





Instead of a sandbox they had a Corn Box. Yes it was a giant sandbox filled with unpopped popcorn. Z loved playing in this. Ok I’m not going to lie, I love playing in the corn box too! All though I would recommend if you are wearing flip flop sandals to take them off before going in the corn box. It kind of reminds me of quicksand and it almost ate my sandals a few times before I took them off. 

Afterwards it was 2:30pm. Every hour there is a train ride the loads up and takes sightseers around the farm .

The driver introduced us to several of his animals, and took us through the Scarecrow Forest. 

Wes also got to experience ziplining for the first time! He was so excited when he saw it. The two best things about this for me as a parent was : a) It only cost me $1.75 for him to experience this, and b) if Zakari hadn’t fallen asleep while we were standing in line(in my new Toddler Tula carrier, in case anyone was wondering LOL) him and I could have put on a harness and ziplined together. The attraction is open to people 2-86 years old. 

Wes also got to shoot what they call the Corn Cannon. They load it up with tennis balls and then you get to fire them at a farm target range. Sadly I didn’t get any pictures of this because my camera died 🙁

I should mention, these are just the attractions we hit. There were a few more, but we ran out of time and Little Z fell asleep. 

At the end of the day I was so happy with our visit. The owners and staff are amazing. Everytime I saw the owner, he was greeting guest and welcoming them to his farm. This is was not a money grab attraction. I felt everything was fairly priced, and well worth the price of admission. One thing you will notice is this not a corporate and professionally made attraction. This is a down to earth, made with love, blood, sweat and tears operation. The owners are obviously very creative, and know what kids love. It has a homemade feeling, and that is what I love about it. I felt like I was having a fun day on the farm with my family, not a day at the amusement park being nickeled and dimed.  

Penner’s Pumpkins and Scarecrow Forest, we will be back next year!