Halloween 2015

Ah, Halloween. 

We've got a tradition around here of having people over for dinner (chili, hot dogs, and this year we added corn dogs & tater tots) and trick or treating. Some years I've had family here (which I love), but as kids have gotten older it's more complicated for people to travel which I so totally understand (miss you guys). But the tradition of a gathering at my house continues and I'm so glad it does because it's just so fun. 

This year I was Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz, Anna ended up as Belle (there's a story there of course), and Simon was Doc Brown from Back To The Future. 

It was raining throughout most of the day so the kids were pretty up in the air with actually trick or treating. One of the fun things here is that we get a decent number of kids in our neighborhood so it's almost more fun to just sit all together in the foyer and answer the door and check out the costumes and stay dry and warm. 

For the front porch Anna and I mixed real and fake pumpkins. The cheshire cat is probably my best carving ever - I googled "cat pumpkin carving" and saw a variety of images as a jumping off point and just started carving. Anna loved it so much she wrote her name on the top of the pumpkin claiming it as hers "by Anna Edwards." Ha. 

Our guests for 2015: The Ackerman's. Dear friends. The come even though a couple of them have cat allergies (which resulted in an earlier exit this year). We love you guys

Originally Anna had planned (and I'd purchased) to be a pink bat-girl. She wore the costume at a party with Chris last weekend and decided she didn't like how it felt so she tried to get me to get her a new one on Halloween day. Uh, no. I suggested she wear one of her many princess dresses already in her closet and after a little back and forth she decided that was a good idea if I would help her look for some of the accessories that went with that particular dress. It was a plan. We found the purse and she was happy with that and that she got to wear her high heels and bright red lipstick. 

Simon's costume was found on Amazon and it really was perfect for him this year. He's been really into Back To The Future (just happened to be around the same time that the movie was getting a lot of play again because last week was the time in the "future" that they travel to in the movie). He wore it to the party with Chris and then to school on Friday. We asked him if lots of kids commented on his costume at school and he said something about "too many people talked to me about it." Love you Simon - it's because you are darn cool. 

Simon, never a fan of rain, decided to skip the trick or treating portion of the evening and watched Harry Potter instead (he was re-invigorated to watch it again after getting the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter which is awesome if you have a fan in your home - it would make an awesome Christmas gift). 

Chris stopped by for a bit and he and Dave took the girls out around the neighborhood. They lasted about 30 enthusiastic minutes and each came back with more than enough candy and then were more than happy to spend the rest of the evening playing in Anna's room. 

There was some of this, of course. A little crazy chaos resulting from the mixture of candy, junk food, and sugary drinks. 

And Anna wants you to know that KitKat's are her favorite. 

I hope you and yours had a safe and fun weekend!

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  1. picki56 says…
    11/02/2015

    Anna, KitKat's are my favorite too!

    Ali, I love your costume you look great!!

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  2. mtercha says…
    11/02/2015

    That's pure awesome. Love the Dorothy costume, and your friends as a Star Trek crew, how clever. Neat stuff going on. Always great to read along. Michelle t

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  3. hgauvin says…
    11/02/2015

    Nice! I love the costumes - very creative!

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  4. happytoscrap says…
    11/02/2015

    You're amazing, I loved how you tell your stories and share with us. What wonderful characters! I love Simon's back to the future costume!

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  5. Bookworm says…
    11/02/2015

    KitKats rock -- they're like candy and a cookie at the same time. Good taste, girlie. :)

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  6. desilei says…
    11/02/2015

    How fun! October is by far my favorite month. Sad to see it go. Enjoy your November!

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  7. Melbpart3 says…
    11/02/2015

    So Cool! We gave out KitKats this year!

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  8. JenHart says…
    11/02/2015

    He he, you all look awesome, Simon's is my fave :-)

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  9. jlhufford says…
    11/02/2015

    simons costume is ON POINT! Even his facial expression!

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  10. jchurch2 says…
    11/02/2015

    Ali, you rock!! I just showed the photo of the three of you to my husband....he hears me talk about you all the time. Love your costumes and your enthusiasm for Hallowe'en.

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  11. angymuse says…
    11/02/2015

    bummed the harry potter is sold out! cant wait till my son is older so i can start reading it to him

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  12. MissyG says…
    11/02/2015

    KitKats are one of my faves! Sometimes I stick them in the freezer, then dip them in peanut butter! You should totally try it! :)

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  13. Kristin_A_ says…
    11/04/2015

    Great costumes and pumpkins! Sounds like a very fun Halloween indeed. Anna, I can't eat Kit Kats, but love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I'd trade you ALL my Kit Kats for your Reese's Peanut Butter Cups if we were friends. Yum yum!

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  14. Kary13 says…
    11/08/2015

    Hey I have that same fake jack-o-lantern! It's many years old--at least 15. Now that my kids are grown, its the only carved pumpkin on our front porch. :)

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  15. Houston says…
    11/22/2015

    Catching up on your posts today... tell Anna that Kit Kats are fantastic frozen!

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