So the party was a blast! It was a big hit for adults and kids alike. All my prepwork this week paid off and I wasn't too overwhelmed the day of the party. (Even with the mandatory Sacrament meeting with Fr. Bud at 9 am at the church. Halloween, Fr. Bud?!? )
The menu included chili and baked potatoes with all the trimmings for the grown ups along with a fruit platter and my spinach bacon rice salad. The kids had 'bloody fingers' (hotdogs cut to look like fingers) and eyeballs (grapes.) I made the kids Worm Pie made with pudding and oreo cookies and gummy worms, and and ice cream candy cake for the grown ups. The kids started arriving at 3 pm and we had crafts and the jumpy until everyone arrived. We had games for an hour, then dinner then the mingling outside watching the sky and having purely scientific debates about whether it was dark enough to start trick or treating. Finally, finally, with kids about ready to lose their minds from excitement, they were allowed to join the small trickle of zoombies, ladybugs, princesses and knights that were beginning to fill the sidewalks. The boys went with our party goers, Allan and I and my friend Jen stayed behind to stoke the fire in the firepit that we had set up in the driveway and to give out the candy. (30 lbs of candy, by the way. Doled out a peice and a time and still gone in 2 hours...) Our neighborhood has got to be one of the best neighborhoods around for trick or treating. Going door to door has become a lost art-neighbors no longer knowing one another has led to fear and suspicion and many churches have begun having festivals in their halls. So for us Halloween Purists, my neighborhood is coveted nostalgia of our own fond childhood memories. The sidewalks were packed with kids-the streets filled with costumed grown ups and dogs. We even had a ghost on a trailer being driven around by a ghoul in a golf cart. The haunted house behind us was stellar this year. Dante came out crying (so I'm told) but can't stop talking about how scarey it was. I asked him HOW scarey and he thought about it for awhile and said this: 'Well, at first it was TERRIFYINGLY scarey, but now, when I talk about it, it's DELICIOUSLY scarey." May ALL your Halloween's be Delicious!
Worm Pie: chocolate pudding mixed with crushed oreo cookies and gummy worms Disgustingly yummy!
Bloody Fingers: a hotdog cut in 1/2, fingernail and knuckle cut out before baking. The end is wrapped in crescent roll dough and then dipped in ketchup. The results are suprisingly real looking...
The Pinata Fights Back!
Me as a Flapper, Allan in his 'Sexy Husband' Costume
All the Ladies!
Me and Erin
Kristina and the balloon game-she very gracefully put the balloon between her knees, then covered herself back up with her hoop skirt and very princess like, slowly walked back to the starting line. It was so cute!!
Jonah, fast as lightning, winning the balloon game.
Justin and the Silly String War!!!
Jack o Lantern Jump
Dante/Obi Wan...commanding the FORCE.
More Silly String
Michael/Batman...Jonah's best friend from Pre K.
Quincy and Kristina-butterfly and Princess Belle
Jack, the youngest, won the Jar O Spiders for guessing exactly 100.
decorations-Black cat and all
The skull pumpkin...done at Jonah's direction. (It was his pumpkin, after all.)
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