Our Harvest Party was wonderful – Halloween on our own terms and fun for all! The highlight for the kids was the Halloween Hunt, I’m sure. Nine costumed littles from 2 to 5 criss-crossed throughout our property as they followed picture clues. It started like this:
To Celebrate this Night
of Costumes & Pleasure
Follow these Pictures
to find a Treasure!
Nine laminated photos of locations like the Pear Tree Swing, Well House and Brick Pile were hidden in a progressive trail. They worked together, traveling in one exuberant group, as they journeyed from spot to spot. I thought I’d have to help them find some pictures, but they discovered them all by themselves. I guess nine kids clustered in one locale can’t help but stumble on the next hidden picture eventually!
About half-way through, our youngests were lagging behind from all the running. It was amazing, truly unbelievable, to actually see our two-year-olds tired out! When does that happen? As the kids headed to the last location – the climbing tree – I encouraged my little one to run along for the treasure. Little paper treasure bags were nestled in the tree limbs. Up they went or down they fell, as it were (one little guy figured out he could shake the tree!). So fun!
Inside the bags: an organic lollipop, fruit leather, 2 mini playdoughs, a fruit drink box and a spider ring. Of course, they dived right into the candy. My favorite part was when I told Aria she could go ahead and open her second piece of candy and she shouted “We can eat all of the candy, tonight!” to the other children in absolute joy. Haha, how’s that for conquering the Halloween candy beast!?! How nice as parents to get to say “yes”!
Our Harvest Party concluded with pumpkin carving, followed by apple cider and baked treats around the campfire. What a perfect night! As Aria announced before bed, “I had a great Halloween, Mama!”
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