Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Parties


My kids love Halloween.

Tuesday I was at a costume store, finding the perfect costume for my daughter. She wanted to be cute, but spooky. She picked a zombie cheerleader costume. My son has the flu, but hopes to recover by Saturday. He wanted pure horror. I bought all kinds of gross stuff for him to glue onto himself, paint on himself, etc. He seemed delighted.

Food6 One of the best parts about Halloween are the treats.

Wednesday, my daughter and I went to our friends’ house for a Halloween party. Cute decorations, accumulated over the years—spiders’ webs, ghosts, witches. The children all seemed like colorful decorations, themselves. There were several Hannah Montanas, a mummy, a fairy, a gypsy, a Flapper, and my own zombie cheerleader. :)

Everyone brought in goodies. Like these:



And these:

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The children played games like “A Gift from Mummy,” “Mr. Bones’ Relay Race,” and a variation on Hot Potato, where the kids passed a stuffed pumpkin and tried not to be the kid holding it when the music stopped.

Then they had a blast playing freeze tag. They’d cut a rug on the dance floor until the music stopped, and they froze in place.

The most fun? We got to visit with our friends and celebrate the holiday together. Thanks to my friend Caroline for inviting us! Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween with lots of treats!013

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  1. What a spoooooooky post!! Love the hand in the chip bowl--but I think the ghosty cookies are my favorite. Smiling at the fun kids have--it really is their holiday and if we're smart, we should all become kids for a day. (Your poor son! I hope he recovers in time to properly scare the neighborhood.) Happy Halloween!


  2. What a bunch of fun! Love the ghost cookies!

  3. Great pictures! I love that Halloween is on a Saturday this year. Gives me plenty of opportunity to hand out treats. But your photos are making me hungry and I'm tempted to raid my stash...


  4. Riley, I hope your son is better soon!

    I have that hand in the bowl. When I bought it, I put it in the back of the car with the groceries and drove home. It's designed to grab your hand and say spooky things when you reach into the bowl. Yeah, well, it also "talks" when the car moves. For half an hour, I had to listen to that stupid hand saying "Waaant some caaandy? Waaant some caaandy? Waaant some caaandy?" In a really creepy voice, too. Yes, I did stop to turn it off, but it was boxed with all kinds of strong plastic thingies, and I couldn't reach the switch. I had no choice. It was possessed. Whahahahaha! Waaant some caaandy?

    ~ Krista

  5. Looks like lots of yummy things at the party! I know my daughter would love the zombie cheerleader. That's right up her alley.

  6. You nailed it, E. Like all holidays, it's
    always better with friends. This looks like it
    was such a fun party! And there were cupcakes!
    You know I love the cupcakes!

  7. Cleo--I liked those ghostly cookies, too. It was a great party!

    I hope he's better, too. Poor guy. He's still sick and it's been a week. I'm hating this H1N1!

    Avery--And they were tasty, too! :)

    Julie--I have put my trick or treat stash WAY out of the way in the pantry. I don't need to see that stuff!

    Krista--That is TOO FUNNY!! Oh my Lord, you made me laugh. We had a Tickle Me Cookie Monster that did that one time when my husband was out of town for work. Of COURSE it only started demonically laughing at midnight. Arghh! Scared me to death.

    Janel--This is the first year my daughter went over to the dark side. I have to say I'm really enjoying it!

    Jenn--You are the cupcake queen, girl!