Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween 2013

We did a lot this Halloween. 

First: I was determined to host a Halloween party which ended up being a lot of fun. Everyone came in a costume which always makes it more fun. Andrea and Brandon showed up first so I handed them the camera to make sure we got a picture in our costumes. 

Then I took some of Andrea's Family

Then Melissa, Tyler and Nathan showed up so we grabbed a quick picture of the kids and dads. Nathan wasn't so sure about James' net.
Nathan: 23months, Ellie: 10months, Phoebe: 15months

Inside we decorated a little for the party. We put a web around our ceiling. I put paper bats on the wall. And we had a few other regular decorations around the house as well.

I had out a few games for the older kids. Unfortunately, my neighbor (with 5 of the older kids) became ill and they were nice enough to not contaminate us (but I was told that there were a few tears shed by one of the kids knowing she couldn't come. Sad) . So only 2 kids played with them. But that's alright. I still need toilet paper and James and I actually like playing that Toss Across game.

This was the food area. The stuff I made ended up on the left and the things everyone else brought on the right.

 (pic stolen from Alyssa's facebook)

 (pics stolen from Andrea's facebook)

There were also a few other treats made too.

 James and I got some hand-me down toys from a guy at work which were perfect for the kids.
 The dads played with the kids outside. 
And the moms chatted inside. 

Lastly, I bought doughnuts to play a game. Everyone was full, but I didn't buy doughnuts for nothing so we all went outside. None of the girls ate their doughnut without it falling but James won for the boys (not surprised). He said he learned what not to do after we went. He's always thinking.

It was fun. Glad I did it! Thanks for coming everyone.

Second: There is a new outdoor mall that has had Grand Opening activities all week. One of which was "Classic Cars Trunk or Treat." It was kind of a joke. It started at 6 so I thought we should get there right at 6. But holy cow was it crowded. James and I couldn't even turn into the place without waiting forever so we made a detour. The line to stand in to go trunk-or-treating was so long it was insane! I was not expecting that many people, that's for sure. We went with Melissa and Tyler.

This is her "Hmm, what's that?" look.

I bought this Watermelon costume for Ellie before she was born. It was so cute on her. I sort of wish I just used it as her main costume (even though I loved our bees) but it's ok another kid can wear it in the future I suppose.

After all that trouble to get there we decided to get the kids pictures taken at this free green screen set up thing.

Notice anything with Ellie? Ya, she was wearing green!

Made for a good story!

Third: Halloween Day
She was not holding still for this picture so I tried to distract her with Elmo. That only made it worse haha. But cute because she thinks Tickle Me Elmo is funny! (I found him in his original box at the thrift store for $3).

We went to the neighborhood we went to last year. Our old ward does some fun things in the neighborhood and we wanted to see some old friends. It was a good decision. We had fun. 

Ellie's first door! She might be too little to Trick-or-Treat, but not too little to get candy for her momma.

This is an older neighborhood and a lot of the home owners are older. When James, Ellie and I went up to a door together people thought we were so cute. Haha.
Ellie didn't last too long. It was cold too. But we had fun. Excited for next year!

Funny Story: On Halloween day I was running errands and I had to go to Ulta. I had a question and one of the stylists came to help me. She was dressed up like the cat from Alice in Wonderland. Her mouth was painted really big and I was just about to say, "It's so hard to take you serious when you look like that," but before I got the words out Ellie started crying and her crying got loud. The lady had to talk to me with her hand over her mouth. And as we moved around the store she'd forget to put her hand back and Ellie would start crying again. I was trying to laugh because I kind of felt like crying for some reason. The lady felt so bad. As I walked away to pay, I could hear everyone laughing about it. It was funny, but sad that my baby was scared. 

Woah! Long post. Hope you had a good Halloween too!


  1. happy happy halloween!! love both costumes!

  2. Cutest idea for the bee costumes, I love them so much! My friend did that (yours is way cuter though, shh).