The weekend before Halloween we celebrated Halloween by going to a corn maze on Friday and a a party the next day. I had never lived in a rural area so the idea of getting lost in field of corn seemed like something new to me. A lot of people said it was good so we decided to go. It was on about 60 acres and I didn't know corn could get so tall (I was afraid that I would be able to look over it all but this stuff was 10-14 feet tall). We went at night and the fog descended to just above the corn so it was pretty easy to get lost (especially since we forgot to bring a flashlight and the fog made it pretty dark.) There were markers with clues but L. and I had fun just wondering around aimlessly. The main thing learned was to always be between the groups of people so that the "creatures" would not jump out at you. I really enjoyed it and hope to go to more.
One of L.'s teachers threw a Halloween part so we had fun going to that. We had found foam hairdo wigs so we went as Anime characters. I ended up looking like someone from street fighter and L. looked like over the top Japanese school girl. We ended up taking some of her drunk friends home that didn't remember anything the next day and nearly ended up throwing up in our car.
In a rare turn of consequences on Halloween both L. and I did not have any homework due the next day. So instead of handing out candy to ungrateful kids all night we decided to take a break and leave town.
We decided to see the fall colors at the Japanese gardens in Portland. We got a large rebate from Staples from buying a color laser printer that we had to use so L. got a new digital camera. What better way to test it out. When there we decided we should take a good picture there to use as the Christmas picture along with our cards. It was a nice change of pace and pretty relaxing just to wander around. It was very beautiful too and made L. happy that we were moving somewhere with seasons and fall colors particularly.
When the Japanese gardens closed it was still pretty early and neither of us wanted to go home so instead we went to the mall. They were having trick-or-treat to all the different stores. It took away any guilt we had of not celebrating Halloween with all the little kids dressed up begging for candy from all the stores.