Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mickey's Halloween Party

We went on a road trip that just happened to put us in Disneyland during Mickey's Halloween Party. I loved it! If we lived close by, I'd take my kids every year. As if Disneyland isn't all sorts of awesome already, for this special event they throw in pumpkin details throughout the park, a special parade, awesome lighting, dance parties, candy & a good excuse to dress up. My mom & nephew met us in Anaheim & the 7 of us went trick or treating Disney style as Star Wars characters. Here's what we experienced throughout the park that night:

Some decorations, such as these pumpkins atop the entrance are out throughout the Halloween season.

When you walk through the entrance you get a wristband and a treat bag. Of course, the Disney cast were wearing cute outfits in true Disney style.

More cute decorations

The railroad depot dressed up in autumn attire. In the dark, during Mickey's Halloween Party it really looks fantastic.

From the railroad depot looking towards Main Street.

Main Street

The Haunted Mansion is dolled up in Halloween & Christmas garb.

Our Star Wars clan getting ready to go through the Haunted Mansion.

Inside the Haunted Mansion - snowy pumpkins.

A fabulously foggy Rivers of America.

You go through treat lines for  your candy. Sometimes the lines were extremely long - we didn't wait in those. That being said, the lines did move quickly. I suppose everyone is in a hurry to see and do all they can.

Whether the ride lines were long was hit or miss. We almost walked right on to Splash Mountain, which was awesome. But, we waited quite a long time for Big Thunder Mountain.

I loved these large Mickey ghosts.

The characters were dressed up in costumes, as well. But, the lines were so long we didn't end up getting pics with any of them - dang it! I think there were also characters out that aren't typically around.

More treat lines

We came home with a ton of candy, without spending our entire evening in line for it.

They also had healthier alternatives to the candy. I most often asked for those - not for me to eat, but to feed my kids during the rest of our road trip.

Space Mountain in some cool lighting.

There was a fun, villainous fireworks display towards the end of the evening. But darn it, we got there late and didn't have a great view. We could only see about half of the fireworks. Those we could see were great, though.

Check out the craziness of these fireworks.

It's a Small World in its Halloween makeover.

Mickey's Costume Party Parade. It was short, but cute.

I absolutely loved the lighting on the depot. What an awesome thing to see on the way out of the park.

Wishing you & your goblins a very Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


With Halloween coming, we did a couple monster themed activities last week... Ok really, I wanted to do a few more than this, but this is what we had time to do.

:: My Pet Monster ::
I liked this assignment because there were multiple steps and the boys had fun with each one. This was a freebie at TpT from 2nd Grade Pad
The boys had fun writing the title.

The original file came with this worksheet to fill in details about their monster. They used this worksheet to write a paragraph describing their monster. We discussed not starting every sentence with my pet monster.

Also included in the file was a sheet to fill out to create a poem. On each line you add words from only one part of speech. They didn't get it exactly right, but they had a lot of fun thinking about their monster. Capt. N's poem:
Yellow, Scary
Jumps High, Breaks Steel, Eats Everything
Two Eyes, Green Eyes, Pet Alien Dog, Minion
Sleeps, Likes Friends, Competitive
Big, Sweet

Underneath their poem is the paragraph they wrote about their monster. Mr. T's reads:
My pet monster's name is Scaredy. The color of blue. Scaredy is big and afraid. He likes to eat slugs. Scaredy sleeps in my monster barn in a hole. He likes hiding. My pet monster can run.

:: Letter Monsters ::I found this idea at No Time for Flashcards. I thought it was the perfect activity to get Princess K in on the monster theme. She still needs help recognizing all the letters & this seemed like a fun way to work on that.

Unfortunately, she was not in to the Letter Monster idea. She had fun with it for about 2 seconds & decided she was done. I let it sit on the table for a few days hoping she would decide to work on it on her own. Nope. Occasionally I'd ask if she would like me to help her with it. Nope. Can we please just do one letter? Ok. Just one sticker & she was done. Ugh. I wanted this monster mess off the table. I asked Mr. T if he would ask her if he could help her make her monsters. Thank goodness she said yes & they finished the monsters. I was so bummed that she wasn't into it. I thought the monsters were super cute.

I veered away from the original idea just a little & chose to have each monster be filled with only one letter. I got out a bunch of stickers, mostly F's, U's & N's. I also threw in a few other letters to the pile to make it slightly challenging.

Look at how cute this monster is! Who wouldn't want to fill its belly with letter stickers? Crazy, I tell ya.

Another change I made was to use construction paper & glue instead of contact paper.

Her favorite part of the whole project was adding the dots for the eyeballs. Good thing there were many eyeballs needed.

The monsters spelled out the word fun. Ironic isn't it, since she didn't have fun doing this project. I thought fun was a good word to spell out since, well, it's fun. But also, it's an easy CVC word so we could work on the sounds of those letters.

:: Monster Coloring Sheet ::Mr. T colored this monster coloring sheet from the coloring book Out of the is World by Dover.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Legoland's Trick or Treaters

A couple weeks ago while on our road trip we went to Legoland. This was a first for our entire family. More on what I thought about the park later, but for today I'd like to show you my favorite things. Forget the rides, by far I enjoyed MiniLand the most. Specifically, I loved the details in MiniLand & during our trip MiniLand was full of trick or treaters.

I loved MiniLand. I loved all the plants scattered throughout the towns totally looking like full size trees. I loved the street lamps and roads and railroads & signs and moving cars, etc., etc., etc. If I needed another hobby, I could really get hooked on making brick displays. They would be seasonal. It could be so awesome. Thankfully, I don't need another hobby... Maybe when my kids grow up & move out, I'll keep their lego's and do it then.

New York City

New Orleans

San Francisco

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