I’m 26 weeks pregnant – almost done with the second trimester.  Here’s the proof.


I’ve come to the conclusion that you really can’t tell how big I am from these photos.  My belly is so much larger in person. 


I think this front view is a bit better. 

Anyway, right after this photo sesh I headed off on a walk/jog.  I was so amused by all the spooky decorations in the neighborhood I decided to take some photos.  The people who live in the Palisades go all out!!  [Side note: I don’t live in the Palisades.  I’m not a trust fund baby and I didn’t win the lottery.] 

But seriously, I’ve been watching decorations go up over the past month and each is more amazing than the next.  In the beginning there were mostly just spider webs covering the perfectly manicured shrubbery (still very cool looking, in my opinion).  But decorations have gotten more and more elaborate over the past 31 days.  It seems like a contest (rich people problems, much?).


This one had eerie music playing and that spider jumped out and scared the crap out of me.


Heads on stakes.  Lovely. 


This house was still in progress, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the most visited house of all.  That old car had creepy clowns and dead zombies in it, while the rest of the front yard was made to look like a graveyard.  But then you turned the corner…


And there were several huge ghosts in the trees and chalk figures on the sidewalk. 


For the sake of comparison I included those pedestrians (although it’s pretty obvious how massive these ghosts were since there’s also a car in the shot).


Further down the side of the (same) house was a pirate ship with skeletons at the helm.

And then this…


While the upstairs balconies had their own creepy guests.


I mean, wow.  These people must really love Halloween.


This is the more typical house.  And yes, I realize it’s kinda silly calling this million dollar mansion by the sea “typical”. 

Anyway, I hope we get some trick-or-treat-ers (although if I were a kid living in Santa Monica I’d go straight to the Palisades).  We have some candy just in case.  But I’m planning on giving out boxes of crayons.  Insert eye rolling.  While I don’t want to be the lame person who hands out raisins or toothbrushes, I really hate giving tiny tikes crap.  Had I planned ahead I would have probably gotten some of this unreal candy.  At least it’s natural sugar and fat, as opposed to hydrogenated, chemical, and dye filled nastiness.


I made fudge with peanuts last night so Kyle wouldn’t be tempted to dig into the bag of Nestle minis.  It’s just dark chocolate, coconut oil, Earth Balance and peanuts. 

Too bad I don’t have a costume.  I still wish I had gotten this one…if only to answer the door in.


Isn’t it awesome!! [source

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Comments (15)

  1. Mimi

    Love the baby bump pics!
    It rained down here, so even if neighbors had decorations, not many lights were on 🙁 Kiddo still made a killing though.

  2. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale

    I am TOTALLY in love with that shirt!! I hope I’m pregnant over Halloween at some point in my life so I can get a creative costume like that!
    Also, it’s SO weird to see green foliage in Halloween picture. Not only have all the colours changed here, but most of the trees don’t have any leaves at all any more … To me, your pictures look like you’re celebrating Halloween in July. So strange!! I can’t wait to see pictures of Christmas decorations in front of houses with green … is that odd? I feel like it might be. 🙂

  3. Elise (Post author)

    ha! i never even thought about that but its true. i guess the fact that i went for a walk in a tank top and shorts is also proof that southern california weather is pretty special…

  4. kayla

    those neighborhoods look like the “ideal” trick-or-treating hotspot! i definitely would’ve scouted those out as a kid 🙂 hope you and the baby enjoyed some delicious chocolate!

  5. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    Oh my gosh! Those people REALLY take Halloween seriously! I grew up living right next to a very wealthy neighborhood and they definitely had better decorations (and full size candy bars…) but nothing like that!

  6. Courtney

    Seriously?! Heads on stakes?? In the yard infront of a mansion?! Wow. People are crazy, lol.

  7. Erika

    No eye-rolling here. My husband and I handed out Fruit Leather to all the kiddos in our neighborhood. I refuse to give anyone a bunch of sugary crap that I wouldn’t even allow my (future) child to eat. Good for you, Elise!
    You little belly is looking so adorable. A friend of mine sent me a picture of that maternity skeleton costume too (I’m 22 weeks along) and I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. Totally should have gotten it 🙂

  8. Sarah

    Cute bump! I think mine’s sprawled everywhere! My bum’s pretty much as big as my bump now 😛

    Oh, and congrats on passing your GTT! That’s awesome. Happy November!

  9. Irina @ Chocolatea Time

    Wow, I wish some neighborhoods around here went all out for Halloween decorations! Around here neighborhoods tend to decorate for Christmas and people literally take driving tours around the neighborhoods!

  10. Laura

    Elise…..crayons??? Really????? Don’t be THAT house on Halloween. Remember how much candy you used to eat/steal from me? And you turned out just fine. Next year I fully expect to hear about all the delicious candy you gave out 🙂

  11. Elise (Post author)

    stealing candy?? doesnt sound like me. 😉

    but im glad you think i turned out just fine…

  12. Laura

    More like unfair trading – but I will say that seeing as how I don’t like caramel I was more than willing to trade 4 Snickers for 1 Reeses Peanut Butter Cup 🙂

  13. Elise (Post author)

    Lets be real – mom and dad ate 99% of all of ours anyway (aside from the pieces that we got in our lunches for that first post Halloween week).

  14. janetha {meals & moves}

    ummmm that baby skeleton costume is the cutest ever.

  15. ethel

    you soooo should’ve gotten that costume! and i’m down to try that unreal candy. let’s do it!

Comments are closed.