The first event we attended was the Harvest Festival, a fun Halloween party put on by the North American Women's Club of Eindhoven. It was a great turnout and we had fun looking at the animals at the farm next door. Lots of good friends, fun activities, and even a costume parade and contest! Here's a picture of Liam at last year's Harvest Festival (at 2 months old) and another one taken in the exact same spot at this year's Harvest Festival (14 months old).
On the way to the Harvest Festival we passed a farm that had zebras . . . not even kidding!
|Liam participating in the Halloween costume walk|
|Liam getting his award and medal :)|
The following week we had our normal Baby Toddler Play group, but made it festive with all things Halloween-y! Kelly was lovely enough to host us all and the kids had a fabulous time decorating bags to trick-or-treat with, blowing bubbles, eating Halloween-themed goodies, and even hitting a hand-made ghost piñata! All the kids had a blast -- and so did the moms! My favorite part was when the kids went around to "trick-or-treat" and collect candy from different moms in the room . . . as each mom placed something in Liam's bag, he signed "thank you" -- manners can sure melt this mom's heart! :)
That weekend our friends were celebrating their daughter Abby's 2nd birthday with a Halloween birthday party! Yet one more excuse to put on his costume! After eating yummy Mexican for dinner and letting all the kids run around the house, it was finally time to do some real trick-or-treating! We headed out with about 15 kids in tow, from pirate to monkey to duck to cupcake to princess -- everyone was there!
|Liam is ready to go!|
|The duck and the monkey together again!|
|Happy Birthday Abby!|
|Liam going to his first house|
|Liam signing "Thank You" to the lady giving him candy|
|riding on Dad's shoulders at the end of the night|
On the actual Halloween night, Keith and I went to a Halloween party hosted by our friend Sam while Liam stayed at home with our sitter. I went dressed as a pirate and Keith went as . . . an expat? an IT guy? Let's just say he looked eerily like my husband on a Wednesday. Sam always goes all out for her favorite holiday and I loved every last detail. We had fun chatting with old friends and new to round out our Halloween month. Can't wait for next year!