It's October and finally beginning to feel like fall in the Silicon Valley (or at least it did a week ago, now its back to 90 degrees!). Toddler G has been begging me for the last two weeks to decorate for Halloween and now we finally are.
Growing up my mom decorated to the T for Halloween, you couldn't walk through the house without getting caught in a faux spiderweb. Through the years I've fallen off the Halloween bandwagon, preferring Christmas instead. But now that I have a little one who is really excited about it, lets do it!
We hit up the Dollar Store with the hopes of finding a bunch of fun decorations on the super cheap, and it was a success! We found all sorts of skeletons, skulls, ravens, owls, spiders, webs, snakes, rats, you name it they've got it! To be honest, I hadn't been to a Dollar Store in years but thought it couldn't hurt to drop in for some decoration $teals. Boy have I been missing out! Its the perfect place to go for all those little things that you don't care if they break or get lost. And they have an unbelievable selection of princess paraphernalia - essential knowledge when you have a daughter who is a true a girly-girl.
We did a Target run and found some great burlap and wooden pumpkins, some black gauze for decorating the table, even "bloody" gauze which I had to nix because I'm not a big blood fan - I still have to cover my eyes if I even think there's going to be blood in movies! They also have a good selection of crafts you can do with the kids. We put together an owl mask, puff ball owls, and a foam tree. It really got Toddler G in the Halloween spirit!
Since having kids, we love going to pumpkin patches in the fall, the more the better. One of our favorites is Earthbound Farms in Carmel Valley. It's not officially a pumpkin patch, but they have an incredible variety of pumpkins in the most picturesque setting imaginable - great for baby's first Halloween pics! And there's even a corn maze. There's a slew of true pumpkin patches on Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay, just watch the traffic getting over 92 - its a bear!
If you're short on time and don't want to drive too far, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods always have a good selection of gourds and mini pumpkins for a good looking table centerpiece.
Enjoy your fall and Halloween and make the most out of the last days/weeks of good weather!
In the Field
The girls went with us to their first flea market this past weekend, the De Anza College Flea Market in Cupertino. It was basically a reconnaissance mission, as we'd never been to it before. We got there at 9am, it opened at 8am, so we may have missed some items, but there was no furniture to speak of by the time we made it around, which is what I was most interested in checking out. There's your typical "junk", but there were definitely some hidden accessory treasures and a surprising amount of plants. We did spend the most time at the tutu booth, thanks to Toddler G's obsession with all things frilly and colorful.
Overall a good time and a place we'll come back to when we have an actual list of items to find.