All kinds of fun and celebration happened here last night. So much so that I didn't get as many photos as I usually do because I was in the middle of the fun. I was cooking and laughing and chatting and drinking and monitoring and encouraging and lighting and opening the door.
I love having friends over for Halloween and last night was our biggest gathering yet. It helps that we've had four more people move in to our home and that some of their friends decided to join us too. It was a crazy crew of kids and adults and various characters. We ate chili (I make the same thing every year) and corn bread (love you Kim) and passed out bag after bag of candy.
I continue to be a fan of carving pumpkins and none of my kids like it. Ha. Too messy and mooshy. This year I carved eight of them. I still have a dream to go really crazy and have them all lined up and down the pathway from the street to the house.
This year I also tried something new that I found on Pinterest: floating witches hats from polkadotchair.com. I ordered 15 simple black witches hats from Amazon and used glow sticks inside. Unfortunately the glow sticks weren't bright enough to see even any light in the darkness but the hats still looked super cool just hanging there. Next year I'll try the LED lights (mentioned in her blog post) or tea lights or something else and see if that works better.
The weather was awesome this year - especially compared to last year when it rained the whole night.
As you can see construction has started on my house to create an additional bedroom (out of existing space outside my office). Yesterday they broke through the roof to make room for a new dormer which will hold a new hallway into my office. We definitely joked about having something coming out of that hole in the roof for the evening.
This year I decided to be a witch. Last year I was good and this year I was bad. Dressing up is fun.
The kids + friends loved the hanging witches hats.
The Ackerman's were here again. Love that they keep showing up year after year.
Next year I want to make it a priority to get more group shots like this.
Aaron contributed his fog machine to our craziness. It definitely contributed to the ambiance of the evening.
The witch and the mayor and a character from Ever After High and one of our baskets of candy. I wore the same wig that Simon wore last year for his Doc Brown costume. I considered the green face paint for a more authentic Witch Of The West but decided to keep it simple.
So many kids in the neighborhood last night. The girls all went out together with some of the adults and saw other friends along the way who joined the group. Isaac & Elliot and their friends went out on their own and were the first ones back to go through their stash and trade with each other (Elliott and Isaac were "scary" guys). Simon (who I didn't get a single photo of) was a "western guy" and went out with Chris and Tiffany (who had awesome Elf On The Shelf costumes). I stayed back at the house with my friend Kim and Katie to give out candy and chat and hold down the fort.
A busy day and night that definitely included falling into bed with tired feet at the end of the day after everyone was safe and sound in their beds.
Halloween Outline Banners word art used on the top image available here.