Hallowtide at our house – Halloween + All Saints Day + All Souls Day

Celebrating and documenting family traditions both big and small is something I’m super passionate about. At our house The three days of Hallowtide are a big deal. For our crew we go big and I want to share a bit about our family traditions during October. I made sure to schedule time to take the kids to the local roadside pumpkin patch this October. Photographer Mom WIN! ANNNND I made time to carve the pumpkins too. Double Win!

Halloween! Wisconsin I love you, but those cute costumes don’t vibe with your cold Halloween weather. We were lucky enough to be invited to an indoor Trick-or-Treat event with friends and the kids were lucky enough to wear their chosen costumes. But for Halloween night we naturally had a couple of cowboy’s dressed up just like every year.
All Saints Day with kids

All Saints Day with kids

For the very first October since moving to our town I’ve been able to take my kids to the Saturday state park candle light walk and bon-fire. It was magical and so much fun. The weather was really warm and my kids really enjoyed the excitement of walking around the forest with flashlights. We even ran into a bunch of friends around the campfire when we finished our walk.
All Saints Day with kids

The kids chosen costumes this year!
All Saints Day with kids
All Saints Day with kids

And the warm Halloween night costumes…
All Saints Day with kids
All Saints Day with kids

The very best part of Halloween night for me this year was watching my kids dump out their buckets and trade candy with each other. I’m an only child and never really experienced the stiff negotiations of trading candy with siblings. It was fun… there was a sour head competition and Sam double fisted chocolate until I cut his little chubby butt off.
All Saints Day with kids
All Saints Day with kids
All Saints Day with kids
All Saints Day with kids

All Saints Day with Kids!

The following day after Halloween is All Saints Day. This day is the day we remember all of those great hero’s in history who lived the best lives, the kind of lives we want to live and teach our children to lives. It is a great day of celebration! This is the best dress up day of the year and the day we emphasis with the most importance over Halloween. The kids dressed as Saints for Mass & school or in Gus’s case an almost Saint. Greta was Saint Joan of Arc, Mary Violet, St. Therese and Gus, Father Emil Kapaun. He was a Catholic priest who served in both World War II and the Korean war. He died in a POW camp. Athough they all look a little sleepy here, they were very excited and stood in front of the church to speak about their chosen Saint. (except Gus, he had a meltdown about 4 seconds after this photo was taken… I blame the candy hangover…)
All Saints Day with kids
We made our very own Saint candles this year with each of the kids patron Saints earlier in the month to decorate for our All Saint’s Day Party. We invited friends over this year to celebrate too. We normally like to bob for apples but we had a few sick kids in the bunch and skipped that tradition this time. We ate, and prayed and made our All Souls Day candles and enjoyed time together on such a special day.

All Saints Day with kids
All Saints Day with kids
Each kid took turns leading a prayer with the Rosary… even Sam and we colored a fun Saints Day color sheet.
All Saints Day with kids

Each family wrote the names of the people we are praying for on All Soul’s Day & through all of November. I really loved the ideas the kids gave me when I asked for names to write on the candle. Greta remembered that I had a bride who’s Mom died and she told me to put her name down. Then my heart exploded because she is the best. Mary wrote down Pope JP II … so sweet. I love having all of the candles lit up during dark winter nights and so do my kids.
All Saints Day with kids
The following day was All Soul’s Day. We took some family photos and headed to the cemetery and prayed for all of our dear family members who have passed on and went out to dinner as a family.

Do you celebrate all three days of Hallowtide? I’d love to know about your traditions!

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