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Hey Oprah!  Did you have a good Halloween?  What did you dress up as?  I have spent the last week getting in the spirit—the ghastly spirit—by planning Pierce’s 4th birthday party last Saturday and making both boys costumes this past week.

Pierce wanted to have his birthday be all about Halloween, and he didn’t have to tell me twice, since I love scary stuff.  The kids didn’t come in their costumes, but everything else was all about it.  I made gross appetizers and desserts like bones, witches hats, used band aids, a vomiting pumpkin and a several mummies came out of their sarcophagi to go to the party in our tummies.

Nasty Spider Cacoons

Nasty Spider Cacoons

Welcome to my haunted house!!!!

Welcome to my haunted house!!!!

Creepy Spider

Creepy Spider

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Ghoulish spread

Ghoulish spread

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Veggies are the DEVIL

Veggies are the DEVIL

Sickly Jack-o-lantern

Sickly Jack-o-lantern

Brooms, Bones, and Witches Hats (and Grammy sneaking one!)

Brooms, Bones, and Witches Hats (and Grammy sneaking one!)

We saved all of our used bandaids.

We saved all of our used bandaids.

Daddy, Pierce and Frazer

Daddy, Pierce and Frazer

Thankfully, the weather was perfect, because we had at least 30-35 kids and adults spread out over Hell’s 32nd acre that is our little patch of earth.  Windows and doors open with October’s mild breezes moving through the house, everyone spilled over into the outdoor spaces.  We did a ghost hunt, where we hid little candy filled white trash bags all over the yard, and let the kids find them.  There were children from 3 to 12 playing with toys, video games, and even one undiscovered little squirt found time to feed grape tomato’s to our gold-fish.  At first there was only one in the tank. I left the room, and walked by 10 minutes later and two more had been deposited in it.  One of the fish was hanging out near a tomato, showing some interest in this elongated orb in all of its orangey-red splendor…wonder what his pick-up line was? We taped the tank closed, so that we could see if the tomatoes were multiplying of their own accord, or if there were little fingers dropping them into the aquarium.  It was little fingers…imagine that.  Overall, the party was very enjoyable for everyone.  The kids were well-behaved and played well together, so they must all be growing up a bit.  It wasn’t anywhere nearly the chaos I had tried not to anticipate.

After three days of preparation for party, and an evening of clean-up, I needed to get cracking on the boys’ Halloween costumes.  Pierce was going to be a spider, like the one on Minecraft, and Mikey was going to be a lion.    I had the basics, but now I needed to do the fabricating to make the key pieces come together.  Seamstress, I am not!  But duct-tape, wire, some haphazard hand stitching, plastic grocery bags, plus a dialog with the Divine Source that they would hold together while trick-or-treating–I had two pretty cool costumes.  Last year our homemade ghost costumes got so much great feedback as well as the fact that rarely do kids wear homemade costumes anymore; I couldn’t help but try it again this year.  Check out the pics from my 12 days of Halloween Extravaganza!

My Ghouls posing with a real ghoul!

My Ghouls posing with a real ghoul!

Trick or Bite?!

Trick or Bite?!

Dancing 'Pider

Dancing ‘Pider

Cute 'Pider

Cute ‘Pider

Grrrrrrr

Grrrrrrr

'Carey 'Pider

‘Carey ‘Pider

My Daddy Lion

My Daddy Lion

Autumn Textures

Autumn Textures

Sycamore indicating that Fall is upon us.

Sycamore indicating that Fall is upon us.