Thursday, 3 November 2011
Halloween and a sad loss .....
It has been an eventful week so far in the Sweetpea household. We had fun at the beginning of the week creating things for Halloween. Instead of just going trick or treating I asked the children if they also wanted to decorate our car-port and turn it into a spooky barn for the trick or treaters.
In preparation the children did their pumpkins on Saturday evening. They had 4 pumpkins, 3 bought locally and our largest one was given to us by our allotment neighbour - he is so sweet!
I think they enjoyed squidging the contents as much as they did carving the pumpkins!
We created a cat, a bat and two scary faces - wwaaahh ha ha ha - scary aren't they :-)
We then had fun with some with our old milk bottles - I saw this idea on Pinterest and couldn't resist!
We decorated the car-port to make it look all spooky ....
And had a bucket for apple bobbing and a bowl with homemade slime in it for people to put their hands in and get their treat. The slime was a great hit and was easily made from cornflour, water and green food colouring.
Above is eldest Sweetpea testing out the apple bobbing , it is amazing how many of the children had never tried it before. A lot of fun was had by making our trick or treaters work for their treats :-) It was such a hit we are going to expand it next year even if (as eldest Sweetpea reminded me) I did say 'never again!' whilst preparing it all, mind you to be fair Mr Sweetpea did have to be taken to A&E by my Father-in-Law with a suspected broken foot whilst I was trying to arrange it all. Luckily my Mother-in-Law stayed behind and helped to create the slime (Mr Sweepea's foot was thankfully not broken but he has torn a ligament in his foot) :-)
We have had a few sad things happen this week as well. We lost poor little Petal (our chicken in the photo below). She died in her sleep with her head still tucked under her wing - she looked so content and sweet :-( She was the most lovely chicken, she was disabled and couldn't cluck (she just made a little squeaky noise) but she was still a very happy chicken who liked to be stroked.
We also lost another chicken too, we had an old chicken which I re-named Battle-axe as she was a big bully really. She started to sit for quite a while this year but I think she was too old for all that really as they lose a lot of body weight when sitting. She was found dead this morning in the other chicken pen :-(