At Our House | Halloween

simon's drawing

At our house one boy really wanted to create this drawing to hang on our front door to let everyone know there was a pirate here.

the kids

At our house the same group came together again this year, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles, friends.

At our house we made this chili for the second year in a row and it was just as good as the first time.

80's Bridesmaid, Jack Sparrow & Bride of Frankenstein

the elephant trainer, elephant, & oscar


king & queen of hearts, clone trooper, and ladybug fairy

snow white & her leopards

At our house the adults get dressed up too. I was inspired by a costume I saw in Martha's special Halloween issue: Little Miss Monstrous (designed as a kids costume that I modified for an adult body).

best house on our block

At our house the best house on the block (at least what I saw in during my brief outing) was this real guy sitting holding a bowl of candy. He didn't try to scare the littlest kids but I bet he was a total hit with the older ones.

cousins + oscar the grouch

Dorothy on her way

At our house Dorothy lasted about 10 houses before deciding it was too cold.

At our house there's one kid who really loves the candy and one who could really care less. Can you guess?

candy givers

At our house Anna and Gabrielle ended up being the greeters, passing out candy to all who knocked on the front door (with support of course).

At our house we're thankful for the family that was able to travel to celebrate this fun, all-to-quick holiday together.

37 thoughts

  1. Dori

    2011-11-02 10:26:05 -0400

    When my son was still trick-or-treating (he's now almost 33) we had to deal with the threat of tainted candy here in the Chicago suburbs. Halloween was almost called off! So instead of buying candy that year, I bought several packages of all kinds and sizes of colored markers and pencils. I dumped them into two baskets and let each tirck-or-treater choose two items. And holy crow! You'd think I was giving away gold bricks! It was a HUGE hit with the kids - and their parents - and I continued it every year, buying up markers and pencils whenever I found them on sale and stashing them until October.

  2. Gretchen

    2011-11-02 10:48:52 -0400

    looks like fun was had by all~so neat that all the grown ups dressed too :) what great memories!!

  3. Carrie

    2011-11-02 10:50:10 -0400

    This totally warms my heart, friend. :)

  4. Tere

    2011-11-02 10:50:30 -0400

    What a wonderful family and the costumes too! I love the sneak peaks of your side yard too! Lovely.

  5. Suz

    2011-11-02 11:06:30 -0400

    Great pics Ali! So awesome to have all of your family there to celebrate. :) Such.a.blessing.

  6. Cecilia Madden

    2011-11-02 12:24:19 -0400

    So much fun! And I too love that everyone huddles up under one roof. Things are so much better that way :)

  7. slmnontec

    2011-11-02 12:56:21 -0400

    Great Halloween. My husband of 46 years passed out candy for the first time ever! I had eye surgery that morning so answered the door with a "patch" explaining to shocked kids that I had surgery. One girl turned to go and said "that lady looks like she is hurting" and I was! A Level 10 on the pain scale that evening....I was particularly pleased to hear so many kids say "thank you". One 3 year old had to reach through the open door to gently pet my 16 year old Jack Russel terrier. So kind....loved it....

  8. rhonda

    2011-11-02 14:13:30 -0400

    What great costumes and I miss my daughter being little the years go by so fast. What wonderful memories you all will have!

  9. jen

    2011-11-02 14:26:11 -0400

    love these shots! i was wondering how you do it - always have such brilliant you put them though photoshop or are you just that good? hahaha. also do you use a flash? would love some tips! looks like you had a great halloween. we had a nice quiet one but still fun filled!

  10. Teresa

    2011-11-02 15:09:57 -0400

    My daughter is just a few days younger than Anna, and she dressed up like Dorothy, too! :o)

  11. Petra from NL

    2011-11-02 15:50:33 -0400

    Favourite shot: cousins+oscar the grouch. Two little people in front of a really tall door...

  12. Steph S

    2011-11-02 19:07:47 -0400

    Looks like you had a great time! I love how Oscar's costume doesn't seem to fit all of the way around him:) Now, onward and forward to Thanksgiving! I'm ready for some turkey.

  13. Denise KC

    2011-11-02 20:44:01 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    I love Simon's "Pirate Warning Drawing" -- so cute! And your costume rocked! Glad you'll had fun :)

  14. TaraMcK

    2011-11-02 20:46:26 -0400

    awesome as always Ali... we all dressed up this year too. Jake (same age as Anna) really got into the trick or treating and we managed to get through a lot in our time out. Love halloween.

  15. Sue

    2011-11-02 21:17:57 -0400

    Wow Ali- the photos tell a story of such fun shared by both adult and child- !!! Halloween is not so big here in Australia- we infact had no one knock on our door. Thanks so much for sharing your precious memories with us all.

  16. k8

    2011-11-02 22:02:12 -0400

    your costume ROCKED! Loved it! oh, and Simon really did rock the Jack Sparrow look,too!


  17. Susan DR

    2011-11-02 22:19:38 -0400

    I loved the photo of all the kids on the steps. And the adult looked great too. We were into our second day without power, so we only got a few kids before it got dark and no one ventured down our dark street or very dark driveway. We finally decided to go out to dinner to warm up. With all the snow we got it feels like we skipped fall and went straight to winter, so I enjoyed seeing your Halloween celebration. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Anna Aspnes

    2011-11-03 00:38:40 -0400

    We had an old guy passing out candy at our house too. Love the photos Ali.

  19. Elizabeth*S*

    2011-11-03 11:22:24 -0400

    LOVE those pics! Cutest Dorothy I've ever seen! Nothing like holidays with the family! Your children are going to remember these memories for the rest of their lives! I grew up in a hone where everyone came over to our house for TOT and we have kept the tradition going even after we moved out and then continued it at my brother's...(my neighborhood is NOT Halloween friendly!)...and we enjoy it SO much! tfs brought back lost of great memories for me. :)

  20. Julia

    2011-11-03 16:28:44 -0400

    Lovely pictures! And I really LOVE the drawing on the front door.

  21. Anita

    2011-11-04 01:05:32 -0400

    You, your husband and your children are incredible people to share your lives with such generosity of spirit. I love your professional style and your down-to-earth family style. Bless you all and may we all be so lucky as to (vicariously) continue to share in your lives. Halloween with you helps us carve memories into our own families. Love Simon as a pirate!

  22. Deirdre - Irl

    2011-11-04 16:24:36 -0400

    Fantastic photos - love all the costumes. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Liz Ness

    2011-11-04 20:39:16 -0400

    OMG! Ali, I loved your costume!!! =)

  24. Anthea

    2011-11-05 03:01:56 -0400

    This is so far removed from anything that happens in Australia that it is just so much fun to see what you get up to.

  25. Julie M

    2011-11-06 18:51:37 -0500

    Thank you for sharing the Halloween photos. We were caught up in Storm Alfred & Halloween was basically canceled. The kids got a few streets to trick or treat last night but it just wasn't the same. The kids have the memories of making a snowman & no school for a week to remember this year's Halloween. Yours looked beautiful & the costumes were fantastic.

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