Thursday, November 14, 2013

Boo in the USA....

Halloween has always been a favored holiday for me as it kicks off the Holiday season for we Americans.  We have Halloween and then Thanksgiving and then Christmas and then New Years.  It marks the beginning of a holiday decorated, party going, fun filled two months.

The Europeans just don't do this holiday season right in my opinion. There's no trick or treating, no pumpkin farms, no hayrides, no haunted houses, and then there's no Thanksgiving to follow it.

Sooooo, if you want to do it right, you go to small town America.

We took advantage of this week's school holiday to fly to Collinsville, Illinois to enjoy a bit of Grandma and Grandpa love and HALLOWEEN.

Perfect Trick or Treating neighborhood!

We spent the day at a Pumpkin Festival on a pumpkin farm riding rides, painting pumpkins, making our way through corn mazes, feeding the animals, and finding a couple pumpkins to take home to carve.

Yes, in small town America we teach our children to shoot guns, early.  :)

 Next day's work, carving the pumpkin and decorating the lawn...

 Ahhh, the moment has arrived, Trick or Treating...

 For our final bit of fun, we took in the area's largest (man-made) landmark, the St. Louis Arch.

My travel motto with smal kids...see the one most important landmark in each place you
visit so they connect at least one thing to the place.  The Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty,
the Tower Bridge, and of course the St. Louis Arch. :)

Inside the arch there's a museum of Missouri's history, from the Indians to the settlers, to now (which is free).  But most importantly, you can go up to the top of the Arch and look out the windows.

In line to go up...
The little capsule that takes you up. 
The view from above...
That's the Cardinal's baseball stadium.  They were playing in the World
Series while we were there.  Pretty big deal around here.  Go Cards!

Time for the Princess to go home I see, her chariot awaits.

Well, we had a super time and I think that the kids really got to experience the fun of Halloween and make some really good memories with Grandma and Grandpa.  Living so far away we don't see the American family very often, and to be honest the kids aren't very good with Skype, short attention spans and all.  So spending a full week with super cool activities was a great way to build their relationship even more with Grandma and Grandpa.

Mission accomplished!

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