Better late than never! Queen Ester and St. George had a busy 3 days celebrating All Saints Day beginning with trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Above the kids have on their "Can-we-please-go-get-candy-and-stop-taking-pictures" faces.
Halloween is a shortened name for All Hallow's Eve and All Saints Day used to be called All Hallows. So... Halloween is the Christmas Eve of All Saints Day. Just in case you've ever wondered why we celebrate such a day.
Trick-or-treating was a success and we now have enough candy in our house to last the long winter. We kept trying to convince St. George to pick out the Resse's Peanut Butter Cups, but he just wanted blue candy. So, we have a bunch of Baby Ruths. If anybody actually likes Baby Ruths let me know and I'll send you a bag.
Photo by Alzbeta
The candy hoarding all really started with the FOCUS All Saints Day party over a week ago. Once a year the office closes down early and is invaded by kids and crock-pots of chili for a cook-off. FOCUS families come up with some pretty sweet Saint costumes. We were all really impressed with little John the Baptist (bottom right).
Of course we began actual All Saints Day with donuts. Not just regular store bought donuts, but homemade donuts. My mom, knowing our family obsession with donuts, bought us a donut maker. Life will never be the same. So what if they call of an entire stick of butter, at least they are baked and not deep fried!
Because All Saints is a Solemnity (really special feast day), Kevin did not have to work. So we had a family carnival with fun Saints games.
There was St. Anthony's Lost and Found, where the kids searched for symbols for various saints in a box of beans. A duck for St. Francis, a feather for angels, a rose for St. Therese and so on.
We played St. Nicholas' Coin Toss, with the object of the game being to throw coins down our shoebox chimney.
Then there was indoor fishing in honor of the apostles who were fishermen. Paul's favorite.