Halloween 2009

This year we took a road trip to California for Halloween.  Mike’s work needed him to work on a server in LA at their corp office so we made it a family vacation that we just might turn into a yearly tradition.

Mike’s driving record hasn’t been too hot this year and his company offered to fix the dinks and dents in his truck at their autobody shop while he was in LA.  We got a crossover for a rental that we are still driving and we love it!  I don’t think we’re missing the truck too much, really.

I have an aunt in California who lives really close to the amusement parks so we stayed with her.  We were only 10 minutes from Knottsberry Farm and decided the day of Halloween to go there for the day.  Loved it! 

Knottsberry Farm has a kid friendly part of the park called Camp Snoopy which was changed to Camp Spooky for the Halloween season.  We received candy bags and were given maps to track down the candy treasure locations throughout Camp Spooky.  Mikey loved the kid sized rides and recieving candy throughout the park.  He rode an airplane, Snoopy’s skateboard, mini semi trucks with real horns to honk, the Snoopy and the Gang school bus, played with bubbles in the fun house, cried during his first roller coaster ride, rode the real train around the entire place and saw train robbers, rode the kiddie trains I think 10 times with Josh, but claimed that the jump house was his favorite.  We also saw the characters in a little musical skit.

 The best part, besides great weather, Josh falling asleep in the stroller, and a delicious Mexican lunch, was that the place was hardly busy.  Enough people to make it look busy, but still few enough that there was no waiting in lines.  So nice! 

When we left at closing we were lucky enough to find Snoopy by the entrance who Mikey recognized and ran to so he could give Snoopy a big hug.  Mikey said he knew it was Snoopy because he looks just like our Snoopy cookie jar we have at home.  We also lucked out and found Tshirts from the gift shop on sale 2 for $5.  I guess even amusement parks have screaming deals if you’re willing to look.

The whole park was decorated for Halloween and at 7pm every night the theme park is transformed into a spooky haunted theme park for the bigger teenage kids.  As we were leaving, the line to enter at 7pm was wrapped around the corners and cars were lined up down the street trying to turn in to park.  It was crazy rediculous!

The boys actually fell asleep on the short drive home so they completely missed trick or treating.  The night before we got them dressed up to attend a ward’s Truck or Treat only to arrive as it was way done and over with.  We took the boys in costumes to McDonald’s and got ice cream cones and the only pictures of them in their costumes.  Mikey insisted on being a missionary like his cousin Ammon right now and Joshy was Winnie the Pooh dressed as a honeybee since Josh really doesn’t have much say in the matter right now!