Sunday, November 17, 2019

Riverview Fall Festival 2019

In years past we've volunteered for our church's Fall Festival in different ways. Sometimes I'll help out with registration, Michael's been a parking attendant or ran a carnival game. The last 3 years we've ran a truck or treat car. The first year it ended up just being a parking spot space with a game since Michael had to drop us off at church to go home and deal with an electrical issue at the house. The next year Michael ran a game out of the back of the trunk. This year Michael wanted to make our truck have a pirate theme. But whats a good pirate theme without a pirate! After he told me his idea I went on Amazon and bought him a really nice looking pirate costume, but then I noticed that the delivery date was showing as October 20th - March 2020! Yeah that wasn't going to work. After canceling that order I found a different pirate costume that wasn't as authentic looking, but still was pretty amazing! 

Oh my word this costume has brought so much joy to my life. I think I laughed for a solid 5 minutes after Michael put this on! He was such a good sport! 

He looks amazing really! 

Since I was volunteering at the popcorn table and Michael was handing out candy from our truck Ga-Ga & Pa brought the kids and took them around. The weather was gorgeous which was a welcome change from last year when it poured down rain. 

This year Jack got a new costume...a ninja, Zeke wore Jack's old Captain America costume, Ella wanted to be a pirate like Daddy....which I had to basically create her costume from a bunch of different pieces because girl pirate costumes are completely inappropriate. As for Owen I found this skeleton pajama onesie at Target and I thought he'd love it. It did take some convincing, but he ended up wearing it. He's in this weird preteen phase right now where it's really hard to read him. 

The kids had fun going around playing games and getting candy. 

Zeke taking aim! 

Trying to shoot out the bad guys! 

I think April is telling Ella she can have 2 candies. 

Follow the yellow brick road! 

The sad part was we were so busy we didn't actually get a really nice shot of our trunk. Michael did such a great job with burlap and netting. He also had a treasure chest that he he filled with gems, chocolate gold coins. There was a shovel and even a bottled filled with Rum...aka iced tea! Since we spent all this money on this particular theme we are going to do the same one next year and just add to it. We wanted to make a walk the plank game, but we ran out of time so we'll do something like that next year. I have also promised that I will buy a costume for myself...I plan on being a church wench....whatever that will look like I don't know. Definitely decent though! 

Ella got her face painted with hearts and she got a paw print on the inside of her wrist. 

An hour after the Fall Festival started Reptile Man had a show for the kids in the Auditorium. I was outside making popcorn and Michael was manning the van so we didn't get to see the show. I head someone got peed on though. 

Who doesn't want a baby alligator on their head! 

She freaks out when she sees a mouse, but she'll touch a snake! 

Towards the end I was relieved from my shift of popping popcorn so I was able to go in and check out the critters. I got to hold the baby alligator just like I would put a baby on my shoulder. She was so sweet! I also got to hold the snake, but she or he...don't know kept trying to slither away! 

These kids made out like bandits!

 So much candy!!!