This is a haunting story...it starts out one day in the not so distant past...Me:"I'm thinking about maybe doing a Halloween party this year"...silence.
Me:"I'm really thinking this is the year for another Halloween party..we didn't do one last year...remember?"...sound of Jack slumping in his chair, looking the other direction, hoping I will just go away. Me:"Yup, I'm definitely doing a party and you are invited along with 100 million of our closest friends and all our relatives." You probably know this, but eye rolling and lips pursing don't make any sound. But Jack, (God love him) pitched in and along with family and friends made this year's party a huge success. We changed things a bit as far as how we set it up and it flowed great, had many, many attendees, and much, much food, and best of all, tons of fun and laughter. The night had food set up in the decorated and spookified (new word) garage, haunted house, campfire, pinatas, trunk or treat (people decorated their car trunks, opened them up and handed out candy to all the kiddos who came by)one very funny and fun donut game, and then the ending had spooky stories up in the creepy woods...with a surprise axe murderer hiding in the shadows...It was spooktakular! The following are some of the cast of characters who came and helped us celebrate a holiday that lets kids be kids and adults be ridiculously crazy! I did dress up but never got a pic on my camera. I'm hoping to see one show up on another blog!
Lexi the cute princess is with her cousin Rachael who was dressed as Lexi's Dad from years ago...it's a long story, but they both looked great!
This time of year we have the real ladybugs flying everywhere, but here was the sweetest one of the night...Addy...who didn't look at me because I was dressed up as a gypsy and she didn't believe it was YaYa...really Addy, it's me!
I'm not sure what the name of the costume character is, but the cutie inside is the one and only Zeb! He came all the way from Toledo!
Cute toy story character Leisy!
I think clowns are scary. I've never liked clowns. But who could not love this little clown? Certainly not his YaYa...Loved it Cameron! You looked Marvelous Darling!
A Star Wars Storm Trooper showed up. I didn't get a pic of Taylor's parents and baby sis...They were Han Solo, Princess Leah, and an Ewok respectively.
The retro 1950's poodle skirt girl, Katie. Nice glasses!
Not everyone dressed up, but we still had to say the obligatory "Gee Driana, that's the scariest costume ever!" gag. Yes, YaYa is a dork.
The dessert table had some cute cakes with gummy worms, and tastey chocolate brownies and of course cut-out cookies. Every year I make the witches fingers. Couldn't pass up this party!
Everyone brought a covered dish to share and there was a ton of food. It was all so yummy. But if I had to pick the most creative, it would be these two snakes full of delish sandwich fillings. Boy was it good, colorful and theme appropriate! I need the recipe for that!
We had tables set up in the yard and the girls and boys from Church carved pumpkins on Wednesday night and brought them over for us to judge. We used them as centerpieces.
We have a permanent fire ring in the backyard, but since we were having the party gathering in the front of the house this year, I had Jack make a temp ring in the front. Some folks might be nervous about digging up their yard...not me. They guys always fill it in with the dirt and sod and today you wouldn't know it was there. Good Boy Scout trick.
A good Halloween event needs a haunted house. Craig and Jack took the task of setting it up. It has lights and sounds that made it a glowing beacon for all the little kiddos to run through, scare each other and laugh like crazy. Even the "old" kids loved it. I bought it a couple of years ago and even though it's only used occasionally, I love that thing!
After the pinatas and the "Trunk or Treat" was over all the older kids, and any adults willing and able, came to this starting point...notice the red splotches on the sign? Could it be blood??? They would soon find out!
My camera doesn't take night shots too well, but up this path we had tiki torches burning a guiding light for anyone brave enough to follow. Also in the trees we had balloons with glow sticks inside and ghostly faces painted on the outside hanging from tree limbs. Very effective! I headed back down to the campfire as the storyteller weaved her bloody tale and knew my mission was complete when all of a sudden loud screams of terror blew through the night to our ears...Awesome!
You two are just to smiley to be scary and too cute to ignore..Happy Halloween everyone!