Hauntingly Distracting

Hello Friends,

I shared in my last post how our neighbors started decorating at the beginning of the month. The girls love seeing all the spooky characters and skeletons and ghosts, but it’s killing our morning commute.

You see, we have to stop to check out all the creepy decor. So our usual 10-15 minute walk is now taking us closer to 20.

Of course, people’s displays grow and change as they find new pieces. So every morning is a new adventure.

And don’t get me started on the walk home! We are taking a solid 25 minutes and edging closer to a half an hour every day. Mainly because the biggest attraction is just around the corner from the house.

Thankfully, my girls are not afraid of all this gore and spookiness. And I guess we’ll get back on schedule soon enough. Until then, come great pumpkin!

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Bengtson’s Pumpkin Festival

Hello Friends,

This is pumpkin patch season. For years, Sister Scales-of-Justice has been inviting us to Bengtson’s Pumkin Festival in Homer Glen, Illinois. This year the girls were ready.

Attractions abound, with Autumn fun ranging from the Fun Barn to carnival-style rides with animatronics, like Spooky Skeleton bands, sprinkled here and there.

They also have animals! There are pony rides and a petting zoo. Pleasantly, both were super clean. Not just free of animal mess, but actually smelled good. It was great to let the girls enjoy themselves without cringy because the animals and pens were grimy. I almost forgot, they also have hourly pig races! There are four heats with the excited little guys running their circle track. Winner gets an iced oatmeal cookie!

Overall, the entire campus is kept clean, like super clean. The staff is on constant patrol for errant garbage. Many of the buildings are new and still have the fresh-cut lumber smell. Food options abound, ranging from snack to full barbeque or taco meals. The apple cider doughnuts were tasty, and we were sad we didn’t try the pumpkin churros.

This is not a sponsored review, so let’s insert some reality. The one downer I found at Bengtson’s was the lack of bathrooms. At least the indoor, running water type. To be clear (and fair), they have port-o-lets all over, strangely with sink troughs and soap right outside. But if you have a porta-potty hang-up, this arrangement would be off-putting. Our girls managed just fine.

If you are up for a drive, head to Homer Glen and check out Bengtson’s Pumpkin Festival. I didn’t mention it yet, but of course they have a pumpkin patch, with all sizes of pumkins and gourds for sale. Our girls loved all the action happening around the festival. We loved the clean grounds and amenities. Overall, Bengtson’s is some serious fall fun!

STI 2018 – It’s Coming!

Hello Friends,

The second floor of the St. Viator Gymnasium is undergoing its annual transformation:

All these creepy things signify it is time for the haunted house! That’s right, the Stairway to Insanity is under construction again! I think I have noted before how I don’t love this name, but this year I learned the origin. The organizers used to carry all the props and all the walls up the stairs to set up. One of them thought, this is insanity,” and poof.

I will post another update as the decorations go up, and of course the flier when we get it. Here’s the quick info: $10 a ticket, running 7PM to 10 PM on Friday and Saturday for the next three weekends. If you’re looking for a creepy/scary (but not horrifying) time, consider this amateur, “value” haunt. They have an event page on Facebook, so check ’em out. Come Halloween!

Affy Tapples for All!

Hello Friends,

I don’t use this blog to push many products or sell stuff, but this post is an exception. With that clear, I won’t be offended if you back out right now.

The girls sell a lot of stuff as fundraising for St. Viator School and I think you all might be interested in some of these things. For example, around February we will sell Girl Scout Cookies. I had so many, “Why didn’t you tell me” comments last year that I am going to advertise hard this year. Today’s post is about another such tasty item.

Yes friends, it’s Taffy Apple sales time. I feel like you can’t make it through childhood in the Chicagoland area without eating Taffy Apples at some point.

This time the sales benefit the St. Viator Elementary School Halloween Party. This annual event is a fun, costumed, music and food celebration. It’s another chance for the kids to dress up witb plenty of space to run and dance around. I’ll be posting more information about the party and the St. Viator Haunted House as we roll into October.

So that’s the pitch, at least from my end. I think Affy Tapples sell themselves – you either love ’em or not. If you’re interested then contact me directly. Don’t have my number? Drop me an email message at dadsdiaperdetour@gmail.com and we’ll work out an order.

Alright then, friends, think it over and let me know before September 26th. And remember, make it a great day! We’ll see you out there.

Halloween Happenings (#2)

Hello Friends,

The past two Octobers I have told you about the St. Viator Haunted House, and now it is time again! This weekend is the first of three weekends where the ‘House will be open. Now that we are back in the neighborhood, Wife and I are trying to figure out how we are going to be a part of the fun. I have helped out with some of the setup already, so we’ll see where it goes from here!

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It’s hard to adequately describe the scare-level of the Haunted House. When I helped out two years ago I felt that I could hang inside the maze, right up until the lights went out. At times I had to focus on my task so I didn’t get spooked out. Last year, Sister Scales of Justice and her son went through. She has already told me they won’t be going back through again this year! So if you decide to check out the St. Viator Haunted House over any of these next three weekends, keep in mind that it is a grass-roots effort, organized and run entirely by volunteers. It may not be as terrifying as some of the “professional” houses, but don’t let the humble roots trick you into thinking it isn’t scary. I think the organizers say its appropriate for children eleven years and older. It’s local, affordable, fully-Halloween, and definitely worth a look.

Halloween Happenings (Take 1?)

Hello Friends,

We like Halloween here at our house. The girls hounded me into bringing up our decorations and for the past two weeks have been dressing up in various bits and pieces of costumes from Halloween past. Now that they are getting more sturdy and can enjoy better adventures, we are going to more Halloween events around town. Here is one that is coming up that I wanted to let you all know about.

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We wrote about Dr. Johnny earlier this year and I am quick to talk about him and the Sprout Pediatric Dentistry practice. So how cool is it that they are hosting some spooky window painting and trick-or-treating? Check them out if you don’t have anything going on. Will we be there? I would like to try, but I already know we are looking at a flu shot morning followed by a two-separate-birthday-party juggle. Again, we’ll try.

And I’ll keep putting up fliers for events that we hear about. Maybe our paths will cross at some celebration or some pumpkin patch!