The last few days have been hectically busy. We had trunk or treat at our parish the day before Halloween. Trunk or treat at our neighborhood ward on Halloween. Finally, we had a homeschool All Saints Party after Mass at a Salt Lake City Parish. I'm looking forward to tomorrow when all candy will be banished! Lil' Lamb on three days straight of sugar is not pretty!
I would not recommend getting specialized pumpkin carving kits. They are extremely intricate and errors are much too easy to make. I ended up having to carve the little boys' Angry Birds and Skoshi A had all kinds of problems with her Thor.
Special K was smart and chose a simple scary cat pattern.
Here is Lil' Lamb as the Blue Ninja from Ninjago--his latest obsession.
The three ruffians all costumed and ready for more candy.
The All Saints Party was spectacular! First we had Mass celebrated by a lovely (I believe Polish) priest. The parish is named for Saint Martin de Porres and is blessed enough to possess an actual relic of the Saint. Wingnut Jr. was chosen to carry the relic to the altar. He was so excited and did it so carefully and with great reverence. After Mass we prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet and as the Litany of the Sacred Heart was prayed, we all slipped out to join the party in the parish basement.
There were at least 30 costumed children and they had such a grand time trying to guess each other's saint. My kids outdid themselves and stumped the crowd with three of the costumes. I thought it would be fun to see how many of you might be able to correctly guess which saints our kiddos dressed as. The first commenter that gets all 4 correct will win a fabulous $25 gift card to Amazon. I'll give just a few hints to help you out, and you have until next Friday, November 8, 2013 to make your guess. If I don't have a winner by then, I will randomly draw a name from all entered for the gift card.
This is one of the 8 North American Martyrs, one of the companions of Saint Issac Jogues and a lay brother.
This saint is the patron of England and Catalonia. One of the favorite legends regarding this saint has him slaying a dragon.
This dutch maiden saint is the patroness of ice skaters and the chronically ill.
This Irish saint fled Ireland to avoid being married off to a heathen king. She and her companions were trapped in a cave by a landslide where they finally died. Upon opening the cave, many years later, her body was found intact and incorrupt.
Good luck or happy searching!