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Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

We just got back from doing downtown Jonesborough and trick-or-treating with Laura's crew. Lotsa fun! Most of the pics still need to be uploaded but here's what we have so far....

Jared and I as wicked vampires. Ooh it's fun to be evil. A bit medieval too.

Ciara's costume was by far the most difficult to pull off. She is a lovely Corpse Bride from the Tim Burton movie.

Fun makeup to do. Those lashes were fierce!

We found this cute little Link character in the woods and decided to bring him along.

A motley crew for sure. Grim, a zombie and an adorable witch join us for the fun.

Other Halloween activities this weekend incluced a party at Brandie's house.

And the traditional pumpkin carving. We didn't try to get fancy this year....just a happy Jack-O-Lantern to adorn the front deck.

Jalen discovers pumpkin guts.

We have another pumpkin waiting to be made into pie. Jalen insisted.:)
There were candy piles and trading to rival Wall Street tonight. After the vampires, ghouls and corpses take off their makeup it gets rather quiet around here. Ciara is singing "Our lips are sealed" by the Go-Go's right now. Jalen won't take off his Link costume (probably for another week) and Jared is hiding in his room while Bleu cleans up after us. There are some benefits to having a neat-freak around.;)

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope it was as filled with laughter, candy and cool costumes as ours.


Anonymous Linda said...

Excellent costumes! Ciara's makeup is amazing...

2:03 AM  
Blogger Deanne said...

Your makeup artistry is amazing!!! They costumes looked great. Happy Halloween. :)

9:53 AM  
Blogger LeaAnn said...

You guys look great! Awesome make up of course.

12:52 PM  
Blogger laura said...

we had so much fun the other night. all the pictures are awesome. go check out my flickr set.

see ya real soon!!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Snavleys said...

Thank goodness for a make-up artist in the family! You all look phenomenol!!! Of course, Jalen just looks plain adorable, perfect for him!

6:04 PM  
Blogger CG said...

you probably know, but because I've run into a lot of people who don't . . .

most jack-o-lantern type pumpkins do not make good pies. They are too fibrous. You need a pie pumpkin to make a really good pie. Cushaws are most common at produce stands around here (not a pumpkin technically I don't guess) but there are also cinderella pumpkins (which we had for Halloween pumpkin soup) and candy roasters and lots of others. I've run into so many people who say, "I tried to cook a pumpkin but it wasn't any good so I just use canned pumpkin now" and it is only that they were cooking jack-o-lantern or "field" (meaning animal feed) type pumpkins.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Ren said...

Yes, we got a pie pumpkin! Jalen had picked up a big old jack-o-lantern pumpkin and said "I want to make a pie with this one Mom" which led to the whole discussion about why we needed to buy the very small pumpkin if he wanted pie.

It's sitting here waiting to be made into pie. I'm obviously being a slacker.:)
But I'm home tomorrow and plan to show him how to turn squash into a yummy pie.

Now if only I had some of your lovely fresh ground grains. Dang.

8:39 PM  

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