Sunday, October 11, 2020

Crazy, Wild Halloween At The Pines

 This week has been a flurry of busy as Midge and I prepared for our annual Halloween family bash at the Pines. This year her family came from Chicago to celebrate and leaf peep and just have some fun. Midge and I (with Jack having our backs!) babysat her 10 Grandkiddos on Friday night so her adult kiddos could catch up with my adult kiddos at Union Town Brewery in Ashland.  Whew! It was a little crazy but I think the kids enjoyed it...the littles and the adults!

My sister and her 2 daughters, Amy the nurse on the left, Katie the detective on the right.
My sister's son Bill and his wife Laura. They have 5 of the 10 Grands!  So as they all went to meet up with my boys, we entertained the littles with some outdoor ball games, cookie decorating and pumpkin decorating.  The older ones helped later with some food prep for the party on Saturday and the young ones watched a movie or played on their devices.
Bats and balls and boys...good combo!
My Great niece, Addy, decorating her cookies...Midge has an Addy and a Lexi too! Good thing we call our Addy, Rae and our Lexi, Lou!
Brooke and Ava...some posing with pumpkins!
Lots of silliness and noise and we were pooped by the end of the evening but hopefully these guys will have good memories of the weekend.
Saturday night we had a table full of food and a houseful of family...about 30 to be exact. We mostly hung outside. We had a ton of games planned and a haunted Creepy woods trail.  We had a Halloween egg hunt, a pinata smash up, and many more that we didn't have time to play. Of course a fire in the firepit was nice to sit around after dark.
We had 3 tiny pinatas that all the kids took turns hitting..finally they just smashed them open..those little suckers were hard to break open! (the pinatas, not the kids!) We didn't get a pic of the egg hunt but the Creepy woods trail was fun. I think we scared the adults more than the littles!
The gateway to scary!
The idea of the trail was to find the lost trick or treater with their candy...but first you had to pass the cemetery of lost souls that appears every Halloween in the Creepy Woods.
It's a mystery how it appears each year.
Don't let the cackling witch stop you!
Don't let the Demon of Darkness grab you if you find the bucket of candy! 
The first pics were taken in the light so add the darkness and the sounds of the woods and all I can say is:
The trail was the hit of the evening but hopefully we made many more fun memories with the family. That's the fun of all the work we put into doing this. Hearing the laughter, the noise of kids playing and even the screams in the dark that also made us laugh since they came from the adults! I wish I had gotten a photo of the last part of the trail where a large wolf creature jumped out at the end! Even scared me! Ha!
Gotta love the Grands with the bat wings or bat pins...too cute! On a final note, Midge was going to stay tonight and go home with Amy and her family tomorrow. However, she was having some trouble with her diverticulitis and we all insisted she go home early with Katie. Amy also went with to take her to get a cat scan back in Chicago. Amy's hubby, Eric, took their 3 kids to Cedar Point and will go home tomorrow as planned. He's a great guy and a wonderful Dad to do that all on his own while worrying about Midge.  But her scan came back good and just antibiotics are happening and she could go home tonight. Whew! I was really worried. We were both sad she had to leave early but we weren't taking any chances with her health. We've had a wonderful Fall so far. The weather  has been great and all the leaves are really popping out. Take time to enjoy the beauty of this season!  Thanks to all my family who came this weekend...we love you all!


betty said...

It always looks like so much fun when you do your Halloween get together with family! I'm glad Midge will be on the road to recovery soon with the antibiotics!! We don't have fall here, LOL, but it is nice that we have a few days without temps over 100 degrees :) We'll take them :)


Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, YaYa!

Thanks for catching us up on your Halloween bash over the weekend, dear friend! I'm happy that Midge and so many other family members could attend, many of them little ones who look forward to scary events like the one you staged. I envy them having a chance to venture into the elaborately decorated Creepy Woods after dark and encounter all sorts of ghosts, goblins, ghoulies and creepy crawlies. That's my kind of experience!

Thanks for letting me know that Midge has an Addy and a Lexi on her side of the family. It helps explain why your Addy now goes by Rae... or is it Rae Rae? I also didn't realize your Lexi is now called Lou. I'm still confused! :)

Lots of fun and games, thrills and excitement and family togetherness, and it looks like the weather was AOK. I see t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters on the attendees. Here in Florida the heat and sticky humidity have returned full force. If it's not too much to ask, please send me another cool front a.s.a.p.

I'm sorry Midge needed to leave for home before the weekend was over. I hope her stomach is feeling better today. I offer prayers and hope you will keep us posted.

Have a safe and happy week, dear friend YaYa!

Deb said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Have a good week!

acorn hollow said...

It looks like a really wonderful time and everyone looks happy. We have stopped all of the big gatherings for our family because of covid. Glad you sister is going to be ok my mom was on dialysis and it was not a great thing she never seemed to feel really good.

jack69 said...

WOW what a Halloween arty, never saw a family party that big. Well it looked like a big party anyway. Nice pictures and REAL family fun. Good on y'all.
Sherry & jack down in Florida

Julia said...

I'm sorry that Midge had to leave earlier than planned but I'm glad she only needed antibiotics. Wow, what a lovely Family Halloween party. Things look like a lot of fun at The Pines. The Spooky Woods really look spooky.
Stay well and safe.
Hugs, Julia

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Prims By The Water said...

Looks like fun was had by all. Love the outside decor! Janice

CHERI said...

I am just totally amazed...and envious!!!! I have known anyone who celebrated Halloween to this extent but I think it's utterly wonderful! Sadly, my family's Family Reunion was cancelled this year and I will miss seeing all my cousins and one remaining uncle this month. He will be 90 this month and my mother is 92, so I worry we won't get to have another reunion with them. But hopefully they will both live to 100+!!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN to you and yours!