Monday, October 20, 2008


I LOVE this time of year. Halloween has got to be one of my favorite holidays. Not just because of the free candy- which actually isn't free anymore now that I am technically an "adult" and need to buy some to pass out to other kids Halloween night. (Can I just say, if you are old enough to get a job and/or shave, you are too old to trick-or-treat). Okay, back to the fun stuff.... I love the weather, the changing leaves, the smell, the colors, the pumpkins, costumes and festivities.

So, I thought it would be fun to have our own festivities this past Saturday by inviting 7 of Carter's preschool friends to our house for a Halloween costume party. Yes, 7. So, 8 counting our Spider man Carter.
We started out by making ghosts out of white trash bags and well....trash. :) OK, old newspapers crumbled up into balls to make the head and tied it off. (We have 2 hanging from our
tree. They are cute!) We then began rolling out sugar cookie dough and using cookie cutters in the shapes of a pumpkin, ghost, black cat, and bat to make our treats. Brady was the
"behind the scenes man" (and did an awesome job BTW....could not have done it without him) and baked the cookies while me moved on the next activity. We then played "trick- trick- trick or treat" with is basically a Halloween version of duck-duck- goose." We played pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern and made haunted house foam magnets. We then played "eat the flying bats" which involved hanging chocolate mini donuts from a string from our ceiling that they had to eat fast without their hands. Carter ended up winning. It was too funny! We played a few other games while Brady went to hide the ghosts they made in the forest by our house that has a path through it leading to the park to create a haunted forest. We hopped in the back of the tractor trailer (that my parents were so awesome to let us use and helped get over to our place) filled with hay for our hay ride to go on our ghost hunt. The kids had a blast. We came home, frosted and ate cookies and ate cut up apples dipped in caramel. But first they had to get to the apples without the skeleton hand grabbing them. Ha...ha...ha... (evil laugh). The drink consisted of apple juice and sprite with plastic spider rings frozen in ice cubes. (Yeah, some of the kids didn't love that... but I thought it was funny and Carter liked it) :) We sent them on their way with a mini candy corn bucket filled with candy corn. All the kids had a great time although I think I had the most fun of them all!! :)

(Video of "Haunted Forest" hay ride )


Brady said...

You are so sweet to throw a 4 year old Halloween party after all you have going on. But I too know that you secretly did so because you wanted to have a Halloween party...Carter was the perfect excuse.

Stephanie B said...

That looks like a lot of fun. We're doing a party on Halloween, I'm pretty excited.

ashley said...

That post exhausted me. Okay, not the post but the thought of throwing a party. I'm convinced I'm not a party thrower. I LOVE going to them but I get all itchy and sweaty just thinking about planning one. :o) I mean, you even thought about freezing spiders in the ice cubes. How fun! Good girl.....and GREAT MOM!! I hope I start liking throwing them so that my kids can have great memories of holiday parties. How fun Christy!!!

And man, the cupcake cooker, he did a great job too!! What a guy!!

Mandy said...

You ARE mother of the year! Are you kidding??? I'm so impressed. I wish we lived close so we could force our boys to be friends and my Carter could benefit from your creative party throwing skills!