Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Tradition: Carving Pumpkins

What's Halloween without a little pumpkin carving??  We had to introduce Colt to one of our favorite Halloween traditions this year!

First, you start with a big ol' pumpkin straight from the patch.

Then you let Brett & Colt spill their guts.

Heather does the detailing...

and you have a super spooky finished product!

Notice the one of the left is our version of Colt...three teeth and spitting up!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

There's a hurricane coming!  We've loaded up on bottled water and pop tarts and gathered all the flashlights and candles.  We're confident that we'll make it through just fine but we are expecting lots of rain and strong winds.

What really sucked was going from this:

to this:

Boo Sandy!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

You Know You Are A Parent When...

...you walk past these and think, "Oh, cool! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom makes shoes?!?" A year ago we would have had no idea what that even was! My, my, how time's change...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Spooky Sights in Salem, Massachusetts

With Halloween just around the corner and our friend Andy Whitaker in town for a visit, we needed some scary weekend fun! We loaded up the crew and headed over to Massachusetts to check out the spooky town of Salem...as in the same one from the Salem Witch Trials.

We weren't able to get into town until after dark so we didn't get to see a whole lot. The self proclaimed "Halloween Capital of the World" is a typical beautiful New England town with just a little spooky sprinkled in.  There were plenty of folks out on the streets in costume...in fact there was a Harry Potter Ball going on in town!  We also got serenaded by a group of sparsely clothed pirates on the street.

It was dark, but we did get to see the statue of Roger Conant, aka The Puritan, in front of the Salem Witch Museum.  Mr. Conant was actually one of the good guys in early Salem, helping others and raising morale to make it through the tough times.  He was one of the first two Salem representatives to the colony's general court.

We stopped by the Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo, which was actually a little disappointing...we thought it would be bigger than it was.  There were booths of magical products and folks were offering tarot card and palm readings.  All the incense in the room really made it smell kind of bad so we didn't stay long.

Heather booked us on the Spellbound Tours, reportedly one of the best walking ghost, witch and vampire tours in town.  Our group got special silver stickers to wear!

Colt wasn't scared at all during the tour.  He could just hide his eyes behind his snugly winter blanket made for his stroller.

Spellbound Tours is run by a licensed parapsychologist, Dr. Vitka, who led us through the dark alleys and streets of Salem.  He came complete with black fluffy pirate shirt, medical bag and cane...authentic!  He was a great speaker and brought to life the history of Salem in an informative, creepy way.

We were advised to take tons of pictures in hopes that we would catch orbs, ectoplasm or apparitions on camera.  Heather took probably the most clear pictures she's ever snapped on the tour. (Go figure, right?)  We aimed the camera in the direction of where people had died or been buried but didn't really catch much.

However, when we got to the Charter Street burial ground/Old Burying Point Cemetery, where there is a memorial to those who died during the Witch Trials, the camera had some issues.  Our guide told us that spiritual energy can interfere with electronics and drain camera batteries quickly.  

Our relatively new camera (and fully charged) suddenly wouldn't fire a single shot.  It wouldn't focus and when it did take a picture, the flash wouldn't go off in the pitch black darkness.  Here's what we got:

Weird, right?  Thankfully it cranked back up after we left that spot and we were able to snap a few more pics!

We also got to see the famous bronze statue of Elizabeth Montgomery who played Samantha from Bewitched.  The $75,000 statue was installed in 2005 by TV Land in honor of the two episodes filmed in Salem in 1970.  

And of course we had to have our picture made with her!

We really enjoyed spooky Salem and would love to go back again soon!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Colt's First Halloween Costume Contest

It's no secret that Heather loves Halloween!  She decorates the house from top to bottom and front to back and considers for months costume choices.  Years past, we've gone all out on our costumes...last year we occupied Club Vapor and our first year as New Yorkers we chilled out as Chilean Miners while trying to win the $1,000 grand prize at Saratoga Casino.  So far, we haven't won.

Now, we have a new guy on our team!  Colt entered his first Halloween costume contest today at the Clifton Park Center's Mall-O-Ween party.  We showed up ready to split! (*giggle*)

The event was sponsored by Radio Disney and Spirit Halloween stores, which meant there were plenty of ghouls and goblins dancing around!

We can't pass up a photo opp...even if it involves creepy baby dolls.  Colt didn't seem bothered by the demonic babies and if his mother hadn't scooped him up, he probably would have had a great time banging away on the monster baby's arm.

Did we mention the place was packed??  Colt was up against some stiff competition...in fact, he was number 119 out of 120!

Thankfully, his father volunteered to carry him through the contest...after all, Brett thinks Colt is the top banana!

Sadly, Colt didn't win the $150 top prize...but we don't think he even noticed.  Several people stopped us to take his picture, including the event organizers.  The big winners were a peacock, Elvis and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer.  (Some parents are really creative!)  Guess who's already plotting costumes for next year?!?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Photographing the 'Nanner Man

Guess what Colt's going to be for Halloween??

'Nanner Man had his picture made by the Picture People in Crossgates Mall in Albany.  Heather had purchased a Groupon to the the store nabbing us a huge bundle of pictures for only $16.  

We were pretty pleased with the snapshots!

Our photographer Kayte snapped a couple in some other outfits too.  Colt had planned on wearing a cute Polo shirt with matching Polo khakis that we had bought for him before he was born (our first purchase when we found out we were going to be parents) but managed to spit up erupt half a bottle minutes before we walked in for our appointment.  Luckily, we hadn't put his shirt on him yet.  Thank goodness there was an extra pair of jeans in the car that he ended up wearing!

Thankfully, his other outfits were pretty simple.

These are some of our favorite pics of him...ever!

But don't be surprised if you see this shiny hiney in his high school yearbook Senior ad!