Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I've never been one to get too carried away in celebrating Halloween, but ever since she returned home in August, Youngest Daughter has been planning "the best ever" Halloween party for her nephews and nieces. 

A few weeks ago, we made the short trip to a pumpkin patch at a local farm to stock up on the essentials.

Filling up the back of the small SUV with a plethora of pumpkins and two bales of straw meant special seating arrangements had to be made to protect our precious cargo.

A few of the larger pumpkins turned into cute, scary, or even disgusting (see last photo) jack o'lanterns.

Daughter started decorating a week ago.  Since I'm not as much of a night owl as she is, I was never quite sure what sights I would wake up to in the morning.  Saturday morning I discovered my refrigerator had turned into a black monster with a huge gaping mouth.

I do try to dust fairly regularly, but cobwebs just seemed to appear overnight.

Outdoors, fluttering ghosts magically appeared, and pumpkin stakes marked the driveway.

On the night of the party, all the young grands appeared in costume, as did some of the over-20's as well.

Even newest grandson came in costume--a football, rather appropriate since his 4-year-old brother was dressed as a football player.

Coconut wasn't quite so thrilled, however, at being a hot dog, especially when he heard there was a weenie roast planned for later in the evening.

Daughter had planned everything down to the last detail with lots of activities for the kids, including pumpkin face-painting.

There were photo ops . . . 

 . . . and cookie and cupcake decorating.

Oldest grandson proudly shows off his cupcake creation . . .

. . . while his younger cousin preferred eating his.

There was even a pumpkin pinata. 

To counteract the possible sugar-overload, Daughter prepared lots of tasty snacks, mostly "finger food."

There were ghoulishly "bloody" mummy toes.

And mummy pizzas.

A little bit of everything, including tasty morsels to munch on  . . . or with:)

Everyone had a great time, and hopefully no one went home with a tummyache from too many sweets:)

I hope all of you have an equally spooktacular Halloween!


  1. Rose, It looks like you all had a great time. What fun food. I will have to remember that finger food trick for a party some time. Happy Halloween to you too.

  2. That looks like a grand Halloween party! What fun!

  3. What fun you've had! Nothing quite like a Halloween party... thanks for sharing.

  4. Rose girl this was fantastic ! Your daughter has a wonderful sense of humour and such a creative hand with decorating and all of the party activities and goodies : ) It made me smile and laugh so much my guys here wondered what I was reading on my computer !
    Thank you for that Halloween glow I thought I had lost this month .. it has been a hard one to get through and I just didn't have the spark at all .. so this was a treat for me thank your daughter for me too girl !

  5. Wow, I am impressed, what a lot of effort she put in - bet the kids really loved it.

  6. Well, I for one love finger food which now has a whole new meaning. What fun to have a spirited daughter home to 'decorate'. Let's see what the ensuing holidays will bring.

  7. What a great celebration your daughter planned for the family! She's very creative with the decorations, 'finger food' (loved the pun), and activities. I love the last pic with the pumpkin tossing his cookies, lol. ;)

  8. Wow -- what a GREAT Halloween party your daughter put together!!

  9. What I'd give for the energy to plan that kind of party again! I'll bet the kids loved it and her.

  10. That food looks pretty tasty, I love all the finger-food.
    Cute post!

  11. I'm LOL at the pumpkin strapped into the booster seat! Coconut is a stitch in that outfit. I hope he got lots of treats. Your daughter is so talented - what a great aunt!

  12. Wow! She did and incredible job creating for Halloween.It looks like so much fun from the decorations to the food.

  13. What a fun party! I'm impressed. I couldn't even find a pumpkin this weekend thanks to the blizzard. Happy Halloween!

  14. Hi Rose,
    This is the third time I have tried to comment on this post. I do so hope it works this time.

    It is lovely when family get together and share the fun of Halloween. Youngest daughter did well, I should think the little ones had a great time.
    New Grandson is beautiful......

    The thing about an old house, cobwebs are an accessory you are never without Ha! I just added a few extra ones here and there :)

    Some of the images made me smile, especially disgusting pumpkin. Now i wonder who did that ??

  15. Hello again Rose : )
    You are so right .. even though he was a bit before my time , Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart plus a few others in that league will never be matched again .. I have that movie on DVD and watch it a million times ? LOL
    Joy : )

  16. Very creative Halloween party food! And I love the seatbelt across the cute! Hope you all had a great time.

  17. Hi Rose, Looks like everyone had a great time. Love the pumpkin all strapped in and the craved one that is loosing his lunch (hey, kids love gross stuff like this!). I thought the "finger" food was rather clever. I will have to remember that idea for next year.

  18. That vomiting jack-o-lantern is hilarious! (and a little gross!) Glad you had a very happy Halloween!

  19. Hello all; thanks for the comments and glad you enjoyed sharing our little party. I think the one thing that Youngest Daughter missed these past two years while she was away at school was being a part of family activities, especially spending time with her nieces and nephews. This party was a way of catching up for her.

    Daughter carved all the jack o'lanterns, including that disgusting one. She's much more creative than I, not to mention more energetic:) I'm hoping I can enlist her help for Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations!

    I'm off tomorrow to visit my other Daughter for a week, so I may not be around to visit everyone for a little while, but I'll catch up when I return.

  20. Hey Rose girl have a wonderful trip and don't worry if there is snow when you get back .. you can still plant tulips for sure !
    Paul Newman !! Yes !!! : )

  21. Oh, that last pumpkin is revolting!!! Fantastic!

    My word, she certainly put a lot of effort in there! How lovely to have your family gathered for a party like that.

  22. What a fun post, Rose! Daughter is creative and invested a lot of energy into that party!!

    I have never seen a football costume or hot dog one. Those are really creative! Little grandson is so sweet, I almost missed his being a football! And the others too look so happy eating and decorating the goodies.

    You'll have to lend your dear daughter to the rest of us for next year. LOL!

  23. OMGoodness, Daughter could hire out and make money with such creative parties! Keeping the little ones busy, happy and laughing (entertained) is the way to go. Looks like daughter covered all the base’s! I bet she is the favorite Aunt today. LOL. I am with little football player, why decorate when you can just eat them. Hee hee…

  24. Dear Rose,
    Your daughter is amazing!
    I loved her food and all her decorating.....
    I bet everyone had fun...
    Enjoy your visit....

  25. What a fantastic time you must have had, the food is fab and I love that last pumpkin, we were going to do a vomiting pumpkin but just sort of didn't fancy it in the end!

    Great pics Rose :-)

  26. Wow - what a fun party! Your daughter really went all out Rose. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun, and made lots of wonderful memories.

  27. I wish I had stopped by sooner this was a marvelous party! happy fall. gail

  28. How fun, Rose! How awesome of her towant to do this for her family!
    Have fun

  29. You know how to live and enjoy life, Rose. A fun post and Happy November :)


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