Something (Not So) Wicked This Way Comes 

Halloween is a big deal in our house. Actually, it is Lily’s favorite holiday. 

Luckily our local Lowes already has a lot of Halloween stuff in store so we were able to take Lily to see the decorations. 


(Not a sponsored post. We just love Halloween!) 

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Fall is in the Air

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I love autumn! It is my favorite season out of the whole year. I am obsessed with pumpkins. I love Halloween and we were married, take our vacation and our daughter was born during the season.

One activity that makes me think about fall is going apple picking.

Simmon’s Farm in McMurray, Pennsylvania is a little under an hour away for us. For years, we have been visiting the farm during the fall either to go apple picking or to enjoy some of their other autumn activities like a corn maze, pumpkin picking and more.

However, this was the first year that Lily has gone apple picking. And I think it was a success.

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The way it works is that you pay for what you pick. You can choose different amounts like a half bushel, a bushel, etc.

We decided to pick a bushel because I love to make apple sauce and it takes a lot of apples. (I might end up doing a video and sharing the recipe for my homemade applesauce in the near future.)

Since we went during an early part of the season only two types of apples were available, gala and I want to think it was Golden Delicious. We decided to get a half bushel of each type.

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While of course it is nice to have the delicious apples to enjoy, one of the biggest benefits is doing the actual picking. Lily loved it and was able to see where her food comes from and learn about how apples go from farm to table.

The day was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for more.

What are one of your favorite early fall activities that you like to do with your family? Leave a comment below!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Treats

 

Part of the fun of going to Walt Disney World during this time of year is how festive everything is.

Pumpkins, fall leaves, seasonally appropriate bunting, scarecrows and more decorate every inch of the resort.

Another fun thing to do is take advantage of all the different items that are not usually available during the regular, non-holiday, days of the park. (Think the pumpkin spice craze times infinity!)

This year, Disney didn’t disappoint. Here are a few of the unique Halloween/fall offerings available at the parks.

Popcorn Buckets

Popcorn buckets, that are sold in the parks, are a huge collectable item. (There is even a Facebook group dedicated to the collection of these salty souvenirs.)

Each season, Disney offers a special and limited edition bucket that corresponds to the season.

This year, Disney has been offering a refillable bucket that is either valid the day you purchase it or the length of your stay (I have seen reports of both cases.)

This season’s Halloween refillable popcorn bucket is super cute and pays homage to an old fashioned Mickey cartoon:

 

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Photo courtesy of Disney Food Blog

For those who are not concerned about the refillable option, there is an adorable vampire Mickey popcorn bucket that is also available to celebrate the holiday.

 

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Photo courtesy of Inside the Magic

Witches Brew

Well, not really witches brew, but something to get you in the mood more or less, is the goulish strawberry lemonade slushy. This beverage can be found at the Friar’s Nook at the Magic Kingdom.

 

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Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

Main Street Bakery Treats

This bakery is scaring up some treats to be more fun than frightening. Treats featured include chocolate dirt and worms cupcake, vanilla spider cupcake and Halloween sugar cookie.

 

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Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

Candy Corn Cone

What is more iconic then everybody’s favorite candied vegetable, candy corn! In this take on the seasonal treat, Storybook Treats in the Magic Kingdom, offers a candy corn ice cream cone.

 

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Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

Which of these treats sound the most tempting to you? Leave a comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tot Five: It’s Fall Y’All

 

Fall is my favorite season out of the whole year. I love Halloween, sweatshirts, the changing of the leaves and pumpkin spice everything.

Fall is also the perfect time to go out on a lot of family outings to enjoy all this season has to offer.

Here are our Tot Five ways to enjoy Fall with your family.

1. Go Pumpkin Picking

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This is a no-brainer. Taking your toddler to pick their own pumpkin from a pumpkin patch is so much and makes great photos. Plus, your toddler will enjoy getting a little dirty. No doubt they will want to try and find the biggest pumpkin in the whole patch.

2. Go Apple Picking

Going hand-in-hand with picking a pumpkin is apple picking. A lot of places have both of these options in the same location. You get to have fun when you get home eating them and cooking with them. Crockpot applesauce is a great way to make use of all the tons of apples that end up picking.

3. Go to a Day at the Farm

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We are very lucky where we live because we are surrounded by many farms that offer wonderful kids days at the farm. A lot of these places have the aforementioned pumpkin picking with a lot more different fun activities including hay rides, no too scary haunted houses, scarecrows and more.

4. Fall Themed Crafts at Home

Pinterest is full of a bunch of ideas to create fall crafts with your Mousekatots. Some of our favorites include a paper plate candy apple, an apple mask and tissue paper trees.

Just by doing a quick search through Pinterest, you can find several ideas to help pass the chilly evenings.

5. Corn Maze

Corn mazes can be so much fun with all age groups.

The younger tots will need to be carried, but ones that are a little older will have a blast leading the pack through the various twists and turns of the maze.

A word of caution, make sure your little one’s shoes are tied tight. You don’t want to loose a shoe and have to retrace your steps through the maze to find a lost shoe. (Been there.)

Do you have any plans this fall? Leave your comments below.