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Paulo is wearing a long-sleeved shirt from the Imagination collection and 5-pocket jeans from the Guitar collection from rabbitmoon's 2010 fall/winter collection.

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins… I just love fall! After going to the pumpkin patch to select our pumpkins, it’s time to carve them into Jack-O-Lanterns (a few days before Halloween so they don’t rot away too early). It’s always so interesting to see what faces we come up with each year. Miranda, being 6 years old, considers herself an expert pumpkin carver with two years under her belt. She even showed me the “templates” she drew for her round orange pumpkin and for her white ghost pumpkin. So cute! I didn’t even realize she knew what template means.

My favorite part is smelling the fresh aroma of the pumpkin as you cut open the top. Mmmm! It smells so sweet. My daughter’s favorite part is taking out the seeds. I think she likes feeling the slimy mess inside. As for my husband, I think he likes the power he feels when he uses his drill to poke holes in the soft flesh of the fruit. (Men!) And my 18-month old son… as long as he has his little pumpkin, he’s good.

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No, I did NOT say that!

No, I did NOT say that!

Check out my haunted house! It has lots of scary stuff… a vampire, a ghost, a skeleton, and a Mommy!”

– Ben, age 5

Editor’s Note:
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j0309567We are so excited – Halloween is only 11 days away!  October is just flying by!  (Just like a little bat I know!)  Halloween is a holiday that is fun for all ages.  It is the one time of the year that you can dress up and pretend to be someone (or something!) that you are not!  Of course there is the ALL IMPORTANT decision – picking out just the right costume for your little one!  We all know that our photograph album will be graced with the darling pics of “Halloween Past” – and you want the perfect look!  The wonderful le●top staff has decided to step in and contribute their last minute costume ideas. We will be posting our cute and silly photos of “Halloween Past” every day until the “Big Day” arrives!  Be sure to visit our blog to be inspired by pictures of us as kids, or as adults (acting like kids!) in our Halloween costumes.  We are looking forward to showing off the most adorable, the silliest and the spookiest!

Check back – hopefully our costumes will spark some great ideas for your Halloween celebration!

5 Year old Diana in her Pink Fairy Costume

5 Year old Diana in her Pink Fairy Costume

First up to the plate…is me!  Here I am at 5 years old in my very favorite costume.  The ultimate ‘little girl’ look – a pink fairy costume complete with tiara, wand and wings!  After Halloween was long past I would walk around the house wearing my very cool wings – I may have slept in them as well! 

Check back tomorrow for a new costume idea!

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"My costume roars, what does yours do?"

"My costume roars, what does yours do?"

I can’t believe it’s been six months since my brother and his wife announced their pregnancy. Since they are expecting their little “treat” to arrive on Halloween, I couldn’t resist but do a Halloween-themed baby shower. Everything had pumpkins!

  • invitations
  • games (a monster match game, pumpkin trivia, pass the pumpkin)
  • prizes (pumpkin-shaped chocolates, pumpkin-scented soaps)
  • giveaways (pumpkin candles)
  • The Diaper Cake
  • dessert (a delicious homemade pumpkin cake)

And the best part of all… the kids dressed in costume to welcome the arrival of their new cousin! Of course, my son was wearing one of le•top’s 2009 Halloween costumes. He was dressed as “Troy” the Triceratops, which he loved to wear because it kept him warm all day (now that fall has arrived in California!) and had a hidden button that everyone pushed to make his costume “ROAR!” I thought it was going to scare him when he first heard the sound, but he didn’t seem to even notice. I guess Mommy always sounds like an angry dinosaur. 🙂

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Check back daily to see more Halloween ideas from le•top’s 2009 collection.

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Miranda in her favorite sweater of the season (from le•top's 2009 Fall Kaleidescope Collection).

The first day of fall for 2009 (in the Northern Hemisphere) was September 22nd.  Ever since Miranda learned that little nugget of information in Kindergarten, she has constantly asked me (every day since September 22), “Is it Fall yet? Why is it so hot?” All I could say was, “Yes, it’s fall but it still feels like summer. I guess the sun is just having too much fun to cool things down.” I don’t know why she has been so persistent. Was she excited about Halloween? Going to the pumpkin patch? I don’t know.

Kaleidoscope Pink Shirt with Corduroy Pant and Flower Sweater

Kaleidoscope Pink Shirt with Corduroy Pant and Flower Sweater

 On the first day when the weather looked cloudy and cold, she asked me again, “Is it fall yet, Mommy?”

“Yes, it looks like it.”

“Yay! I can wear my favorite sweater!”

It figures. It would be fashion-related coming from my little girl. (sigh!)

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Pumpkin Weigh-off Winner (source: sfgate.com)

Pumpkin Weigh-off Winner (source: sfgate.com)

Wow, we just had to let everyone know that the Pumpkin Weigh-off in Half Moon Bay was full of “Great Pumpkins!”  But the winner came all the way from Des Moines, Iowa and weighed in at a whopping 1,658 pounds!  That’s a lotta Pumpkin Pie folks!

From the photos it seems that everyone young and old had a great time! 

Awe, so cute (source: sfgate.com)

We just loved the photo of the cute puppy in a pumpkin outfit!  We couldn’t help but notice the photo of the wife of Half Moon Bay’s mayor, Eda Muller, with her granddaughter Delfina Bianchi, 4 – Delfina is wearing le•top’s boucle jacket in PUMPKIN color from the Enchanted group!  She is carrying one of le•top’s pumpkin goody bags as well – nice choice! 

Happy Pumpkin Festival to all our friends in Half Moon Bay!

Eda Muller (left) and her daughter Delfina

The Mayor's wife, Eda Muller (far left) and her granddaughter Delfina (source: sfgate.com)

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Here in the San Francisco Bay Area October marks the time of year when you begin to notice changes in temperature and leaves turning from a beautiful green to a more dramatic orange-yellow. Halloween is just a few weeks away and there is excitement in the air as boys and girls decide which all-important costume they will choose. For one Northern California town October marks the time of year when the final preparations are made for their very well known festival.
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Pumpkins Galore at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

Half Moon Bay California, located just 30 miles south of San Francisco, is celebrating their 39th annual Art & Pumpkin Festival from October 17th through October 18th.  This festival began in 1971 when a newly formed civic organization, The Main Street Beautification Committee, was founded to raise funds to revitalize Main Street in the charming Half Moon Bay downtown shopping district. The committee, realizing that pumpkin patches surrounded the area, decided to incorporate an old-fashioned downtown festival into many visitor’s annual trek to pick out their Halloween pumpkins from this well known home of superior pumpkin growers.  38 years later the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival attracts thousands of people from all over the Bay Area and beyond, and is still committing the proceeds to revitalizing the downtown area and contributing to the town’s civic causes.

The kickoff for the festival is HUGE – literally!  Today, Columbus Day, Monday October 12th it begins with the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with a $20,000 prize at stake!  Pumpkins weighing in at more than 1,000 pounds are brought in every year by proud growers and their families.  The following weekend of October 17th through October 18th pumpkin lovers flock to this charming ocean front town to celebrate the season of ‘orange!’

Otto and this Halloween's Great Pumpkin

Otto and this Halloween's Great Pumpkin

The Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is not limited to big orange vegetables!  It features live music and entertainment on three stages – ranging from pop reggae to classic and Celtic rock. Of course what would a festival be without food?  You will find every tempting pumpkin-infused treat imaginable – and then some!  Halloween is just around the corner, as is a very scary Haunted House!  Not into scary things?  There are other activities for the little ones, including amusement rides, a 24-foot climbing wall, pumpkin carving, pie eating contests, face painting and so much more!

The Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival has become a tradition for many families and friends.  It is a great place to come together and enjoy one of California’s oldest, biggest and most popular festivals.  Good Grief!  Don’t miss out!

For more information visit www.miramarevents.com/pumpkinfest/#

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