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November 2, 2011

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.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    awwww these are so cute! love that even the adults get dressed up. everyone’s costumes big and small were all great!! I think Anna/Simon costumes were perfect for them and their personality’s. Love Simon’s note on the door.

    Just have to ask, do all your family members stay with you or do they stay at a hotel?

    Thanks for sharing and making me smile.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      They all stayed here. Lots of sleeping bags and blow-up beds :)

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Thanks for answering Ali!! That was the answer I hoping for, makes it even more precious. NEED TO DO THIS WITH MY FAMILY EVEN THOUGH THEY LIVE RIGHT DOWN THE STREET!! LOVE THIS!!

  • 2.
    Peggy K said…

    This year, I fell in love with Halloween again. For too many years it was not fun passing out candy at my house. But this year, I went to my daughter’s house and experienced Halloween thru my 4 year old grandson’s eyes. And I’m back as a believer in the joy of Halloween!
    Looks like you had lots of fun, for both kids and adults.

  • 3.
    Brooke said…

    I love that the adults get dressed up too. We don’t really do Halloween (here in Australia), but I imagine that sense of family/community and fun is what it’s all about. This was our 4th Halloween in this house and of course the first year I don’t decorate is the one that we get the first knock on the door. My son (3yrs) loved handing out the candy.

  • 4.
    Liz said…

    i love all the costumes…they are just so fun!!! however i am glad it’s done!!

  • 5.
    Lisa W. said…

    Awesome costumes…beautiful people, and WONDERFUL houses…those front doors and all have beautiful curb apeal. LOVE Halloween:)

  • 6.
    Christine said…

    Love the sign on the door. The costumes were great especially Simon’s pirate outfit. Looks like you were blessed with pleasant weather. I need to try out the chili recipe….the perfect recipe for Fall.

  • 7.
    laura g. said…

    love the picture of all the kids sitting on the porch i didn’t have a chance to get a group pic this year but have several of the kids trick or treating it was cold and windy here and it was dark by the time we got home fed kids and grandkids and got out the door one little monster (lol) couldn’t decide if he was going to be spiderman or a dragon his mama opted for the dragon costume as it was much warmer…the best costume we saw was a couple and their 2 small children she was the cowardly lion and he was the scarecrow…the 3 year old girl was dorothy (same costume as precious!) and the baby boy was toto!!

  • 8.
    Michelle L said…

    You guys look great! I love your costume and that little Dorothy is adorable!
    We had a great time at my sister’s place! Their neighborhood has several haunted houses and every sits outside handing out candy and hanging out! I love Halloween!

  • 9.
    kristin said…

    I loved Oscar the grouch. Kids were so cute. I have no kids yet so it is nice to see the fun and joy of others, thanks.

  • 10.
    Ann said…

    Oscar the grouch is the BEST! HA HA!

  • 11.
    Chris said…

    I love that your family had the opportunity to all get together for this fun celebration. That family deemed the time together more important than the time in school. That family was more into making memories then just floating through life without the experiences.

    Your family is inspiring. At a younger age, I’d be envious. Now, I can just take your post as motivation to do the same when my son has family TO do things like this with.

    Thank you, Ali…for sharing and inspiring.

  • 12.
    Chrissy Hunyady said…

    Love that the adults dress up! Can’t wait to move up there and go trick or treating with you! ;)

  • 13.
    Dori said…

    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.

    • ….
      Susan R said…

      Dori, this is a great idea! We handed out the mini pots of playdough for the little ones and a smaller bit of candy and one fellow said as he ran to dad, “Dad! Look at how much I got!!” (it was only 2 things-1 pot and 1 candy bar) He was going to turn away after the playdough and we had to call him back to get his candy, lol. I will have to source out the markers for next year though.

    • ….
      maryg said…

      i gave away colouring books one year to the littlest of the trick or treaters and both kiddies and parents were delighted!

  • 14.
    Gretchen said…

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

  • 15.
    Carrie said…

    This totally warms my heart, friend. :)

  • 16.
    Tere said…

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

  • 17.
    Suz said…

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

  • 18.
    Cecilia Madden said…

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

  • 19.
    slmnontec said…

    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….

  • 20.
    rhonda said…

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

  • 21.
    jen said…

    love these shots! i was wondering how you do it – always have such brilliant photos…do 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!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jen – thanks for the note. I don’t use a flash – I think a lot of it is my camera – a Canon 5D. I don’t use Photoshop much – every once in awhile to lighten using curves or levels.

  • 22.
    Teresa said…

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

  • 23.
    Petra from NL said…

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

  • 24.
    Steph S said…

    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.

  • 25.
    Denise KC said…

    Hi Ali,
    I love Simon’s “Pirate Warning Drawing” — so cute! And your costume rocked! Glad you’ll had fun :)

  • 26.
    TaraMcK said…

    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.

  • 27.
    Sue said…

    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.

  • 28.
    k8 said…

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


  • 29.
    Susan DR said…

    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.

  • 30.
    Anna Aspnes said…

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

  • 31.
    Elizabeth*S* said…

    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. :)

  • 32.
    Julia said…

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

  • 33.
    Anita said…

    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!

  • 34.
    Deirdre - Irl said…

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

  • 35.
    Liz Ness said…

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

  • 36.
    Anthea said…

    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.

  • 37.
    Julie M said…

    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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