Ronan using the slide on the bouncy house as intended
Halloween is a fun time for Ronan and Nieve; they get to savor the joys of the pumpkin patch, dress up in fantastic costumes, and of course cajole the neighbors out highly processed sugar treats.
Nieve enters the bouncy house...
...and Ronan follows right behind her
We usually go to the coast for our pumpkin picking, but due to time constraints this year we opted for the neighborhood patch which still proves quite a bit of fun.
Starting her slide...
Rather than the traditional hay pyramids and corn mazes, Webb Ranch patch featured a couple of bouncy houses, a petting zoo, face painting, and a small haunted house.
Ronan, following Nieve down the slide, focusing more on speed than control
Ronan crashed into Nieve at the bottom of the slide - both thought it was hilarious
The bouncy house was the clear favorite for both Ronan and Nieve. Given the way kids go bananas the moment they crawl into those inflatable arenas, I'm always amazed the floor of the house is not littered with children suffering from bloodied noses or concussions.
A happy girl on the slide...
Ronan was surprisingly safe (towards other children), given he was pretty much going full throttle, intentionally crashing into the inflated pillars with reckless abandon. For the hour he was going collision crazy he never once ran into another child. Statistics are on his side - the lack of bodily injury wasn't purely luck.
Soon enough Ronan had moved from sliding to jumping...
...and he worked on sticking his landings..
...but sometimes even budding acrobats have slip-ups
Nieve liked the bouncy houses as well, but was more reserved in her jumping. Her 'jumping' was more dancing; as soon as she was comfortable in the chaos, she introduced increasingly complicated hand and foot movements into her routine.
Ronan engrossed in a conversation with scary jack-o-lantern wagon rider
Nieve climbing up the wagon wheel
In addition to bouncing, the kids introduced themselves to the large inflatable Headless Horseman on display. I thought that Nieve would be a bit frightened of the scary pumpkin face, but instead she made friends with him. When riding on the wagon, both kids tried their best to look horrifying.
Nieve's new BFF
A little girl happy to be enjoying sweet, cool refreshments
Of course the iced lemonade was a hit, especially with Nieve. After a few hours of play and refreshments we found suitable pumpkins and headed home.
Wolverine & Hello Kitty, sponsored by Marvel Entertainment & Sanrio Co.
Ronan's jack-o-lantern of course was an superhero silouette of Wolverine; Nieve of course asked for something a bit more cutesy and asked to do Hello Kitty. Next year we'll have to try something a bit less commercial.