Today was our third annual trip to The Great Pumpkin Ball. Much like the lanterns, the older she gets, the more Babe appreciates the pumpkins. We first took her when she was Bug’s age and Bug was in utero.
One of the greatest things about visiting the Botanical Gardens around Halloween is the outdoor activities. Babe is old enough to go completely crazy in there without us worrying about her too much. She loved the “Rattle me bones obstacle course,” and the “tricky river.”
Bug, on the other hand, has a few things working against him. He’s generally a little wobbly, so throw him onto the suspension bridge and he’s sure to take some tumbles. Like any younger sibling, Bug wants to do every single thing. Babe does. The good, the bad and the impossible. In a way it’s great because he is continuously challenged but it also leads to its share of frustrations. His favourite activity was “Feed the creatures,” a beanbag toss. He spent a while collecting the bags and popping them in the monsters’ mouths.
The most fun I think they both had outside was in the maze. Bug missed out on it last year. He was six months old, stuffed inside a baby wearing jacket. Today, like most days, Bug chased his sister through the maze. We played “cachette” as a family.
Inside the gardens, we spent lots of time scoping out the beautifully decorated pumpkins. Babe decorated her own at Communidee this week, so she could appreciate the hard work it took to create these masterpieces.
Her favourites: anything that was pink and purple or princess related. A few of them, she was convinced, were “her.” Many of this year’s pumpkin entires were inspired by Frozen.
As much as she loves Frozen and all things pink and purple, Babe is dressing as a lion this Halloween. This makes a mom very happy. She proudly announced her costume choice when Esmerelda the Witch asked the kids what they planned to be for Halloween.
The show, put on by Esmeralda was easily this year’s highlight for Babe. The very talented actress entertained hoards of kids, barely coming up for air. She was on the ball and answered all the silly questions thrown her way. She was even able to answer the Anglo kids in English which they really appreciated.
Our visit with Esmerelda was the last thing we did. Bug had long since passed out in the carrier and Babe was due for a nap. She was broken hearted when we had to leave her new best friend, so the sweet witch made Babe’s day with a great big hug.
Just like the lanterns, returning to The Great Pumpkin Ball every year allows us to clearly see just how much the kids are growing up.
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