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Since we have only a limited amount of time after school and work today (Monday) we decided to have a Halloween ‘carnival’ of sorts in our alley for the kids.  As it turned out the weather was amazing and cooperated until about dinner time, when the skies opened up and rain drove us all indoors.  Our house provided a bean bag toss (like this easy one to make), and there was a Diwali station where kids could henna their hands.  We created a photo booth, and other neighbors set out chalk stations, apple bobbing, karaoke and ‘Boo-sket ball’ hoop.  In each station, kids could earn a ticket (or many) for participating and scoring.  At the end of the alley tickets could be cashed in for treats – including berries, pretzels and access to the chocolate fountain!

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since the Indian festival of lights is happening now as well, a neighbor created a station where hands were henna’d

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the chocolate bar has treats for tickets

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‘Rocky’ is ready for Halloween

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Zoe as a unicorn!

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Once again E and Z’s dad scored us some early viewing tickets to Cinderella. The kids were encouraged to dress up like prince and princess and we had some free popcorn and soda. The movie by the way is gorgeous… the costumes are amazing. And Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother, Cate Blanchett as the step mother? Incredible casting! If you asked the kids for their reviews it would go pretty much like this: Ezra loved the talking mice, and Zoe loved the big blue swirly dress. There’s a sweet little short film about Elsa and Anna to start the show as well, which the kids also loved.

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I’ve been to a few of these fairs before having kids, and I didn’t quite understand the appeal. But now that I have an aspiring princess on my hands (and a prince who occasionally likes to joust) – we just couldn’t stay away from the Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park last Sunday. Ezra dressed as a ‘mystic magician’ and seemed to have a certain pose in mind, that he would strike now and again for a photo opp. Zoe of course needs no invitation to dress like a princess. They were both obsessed with chain mail and how to make it. (I think due to Ezra’s recent obsession with Minecraft, he was really interested in all things made of iron and metal.)
I got a big kick out of seeing a humongous turkey leg in the hands of tiny 3 year old Zoe… it was nearly half her size!

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here he's wearing his dad's old cowboy vest from childhood - and Zoe wants that leg back!

here he’s wearing his dad’s old cowboy vest from childhood – and Zoe wants that leg back!

this is his very studied 'magician's' pose...

this is his very studied ‘magician’s’ pose…

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Kids in costumes and hamantashen … I can’t get enough of either!

Queen Esther and King Mordecai

Queen Esther and King Mordecai

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don't eat me!

don’t eat me!

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Zoe discovered that ‘doll museum‘ that I was talking about! Hopefully she won’t figure out that you can actually buy the dolls.. there are just too many to choose from!

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And some ‘Disney museum’ perhaps?
so.happy.head.gonna.blow.off!!

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She wanted to be a ‘purple princess’ and he wanted to be an ‘electric car‘ for Halloween. One can’t help but make these requested costumes from scratch right? I mean, you can’t really find a ‘car costume’ at the store – and Zoe has so many purple tutus and wands and wings and crowns…

It’s amazing how our neighborhood pulled together and created a party in the park to make up for the cancelled Halloween parade (police not available to monitor it now that the hurricane has taken all their attention.) Here in the city we ‘trick or treat’ by going door-to-door to the stores on our main street. Then we went over to a friend’s house in Astoria Queens to hit the houses on side streets. Our friends Brad, Lea and Mia joined us, and the kids had so much fun collecting enough candy to take us through the winter!

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Uh oh. Zoe’s friend Hazel introduced her to the game of ‘princess dress-up’ and I think Zoe liked it a bit too much. It’s a slippery slope from here on out. I see a lot of poofy pastel dresses in our future.
Frankly it’s cuter than I thought it would be .. (insert squeals of joy here:)

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