Wednesday, November 3, 2010

HaLLoWeeN 2010

(Warning: This is a long post! Prepare yourself now)
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, probably because it's just so much fun. Also, my Mom has always been into Halloween and we laugh that she has more Halloween decorations than Christmas ones. Anyways, I have also developed a love for this fantastic holiday. We did small family activities, the classic trick-or-treating, and also our annual Halloween party so this post will be done in parts.

Pumpkin Carving and Caramel Apples
So we love carving pumpkins and making caramel apples and we do this pretty much every year with this year being no exception. I did caramel apples a little different this year because I wanted to be able to decorate them with heavier candies. So I read online about how to make sure the caramel doesn't slide off the apples, such as boiling the wax off the apples, (yes apples have wax on them to make them look more appealing. You should try dipping your apples in boiling water for 15 seconds and wipe off the wax. They look very different afterwards!) cooling the apples, letting the melted caramel sit for awhile, etc.  At first I thought it had worked, but we discovered the caramel still slid off the apples if they were left out of the fridge for too long and became a gooey messy pile. They still tasted delicious though!
     Carving pumpkins was fun as well. Lydia liked dipping her spoon in the pumpkin imitating us scraping the guts out. I carved three in the time it took Brigham to carve his one, but in his defense, I did very simple shapes so that Lydia could point them out and help me. Brigham took his time deciding on his angry cat face. We had a pumpkin for Brigham, me, Lydia, and even baby Ammon. It was a fun family night!

Last year I swore I wouldn't make our costumes ever again because it was so time consuming, but I was roped into it again and I realized I probably will be every year. We usually plan our costume theme around what Lydia is each year. This time we borrowed her Tinkerbell costume from a friend at work. She LOVED it. She was so happy with how she looked.  So with Lydia as Tink, Brigham as Peter Pan and me as Wendy, we were ready for Neverland. I sewed Brigham's hat out of felt, and created the rest of his costume and mine from DI. It wasn't too bad, just a lot of time searching for the right pieces. Total spent was around $25 for all three costumes.

Yes I am a pregnant-looking Wendy.

Trick-or-treating for the first time with my own child was pretty exciting for me. This year was strange, however, as it was pouring rain the entire night. Every time it would let up a little and we would attempt to leave, it would start pouring again. Finally we just said, it's now or never. So, with rain pouring down, we went to six houses. Sounds small, but by time we were done, Lydia's bucket was half full! Apparently everyone on our street gives out full size candy bars!
 Lydia definitely wasn't thrilled with the rain and whined about her legs getting wet . . . that is until the first person put candy in her bucket. Then she was the happiest camper ever! She would not give up her bucket after we were done and I think she wouldn't have minded going all night long. If she could open candy she would have eaten her whole bucket that night. Luckily she just dumps it out, attempts to open a piece, and then puts it back in her bucket when she realizes she can't and moves on to the next piece.

Halloween Party!
Throwing a Halloween party each year is kind of our thing. We love to do it and it's usually a blast. This year was interesting because most of our friends have babies now. This, I learned, calls for adjustments. Also, I wasn't as impressed with my game selection this year. However, it was fun to have everyone over and dressed up! One of the games was to create a scary Halloween scene out of objects I had prepared for each team in a box. Ironically, the teams pretty much built the same scene! I loved this game because it was creepy-cool :) Here are the two scenes side by side, click on the picture for the full effect.
We also played a game where you have to suck up candy using only a straw into a cup while the other team tries to answer Halloween trivia correctly. This game was a little crazy!

 People had great costumes, such as ninja's, cowboys, Mario and Luigi, Ken and Barbie, etc.

We had scary treats, other fun games, and good times with friends. Thanks to everyone that came, it was a blast!

Recovering from being super sick previously that week, I'm impressed with how well everything went and how much we did for Halloween. It was another great year :)


  1. Who is that incredibly good looking guy dressed up as Luigi? He is DEFINATELY the best looking Tappana man I have ever seen :). It was such a fun party! I looked forward to it this year after last years total success. You throw quite the party! If it makes Brig feel any better...I carved four pumpkins to Tim's one. He's super super slow. Especially considering how detailed my faces are compared to his... :)

  2. It was a really fun party!! And I only carved one pumpkin, and Sam only carved one pumpkin. That is all.