trick or treat, readers!

i love this holiday. it’s fun. you get lots of candy. the weather is awesome (boot weather is the best), and i can not do anything with my hair and everyone assumes it’s part of my costume. this year, we had no halloween festivities to take our kids to, and they have apparently gotten to the age where they care about that kind of thing. so, we decided to throw our first ever halloween party at home.

and our last. because i don’t care what pinterest or youtube or any of those crafty blogs out there say, holy cow it’s a lot of work! and kids don’t help with much, despite their promise to do so when you float the idea of a party toward them.

but i will say that the party menu and decorations were pretty awesome. we ordered a few things, but mostly made our own stuff after cruising pinterest and watching youtube videos. side note: never ever ask yourself, “how hard could it be?”. the answer is always, “too hard. you should just buy it instead.”

putting on my superman apron (yes, i have one, and it. is. awesome.), i made little bugs out of chocolate and filled them with green jello guts. this was my favorite thing of the night. and i didn’t tell the guests that there was a surprise in the  middle. it was pretty fun just to let them find out on their own. then i added them to the dish of “dirt balls” we made with oreos and cream cheese. turned out great. looked so gross, i couldn’t have asked for better! we also used little hot dogs to make witch fingers with ketchup blood. so cool. i made a bright green punch with a floating hand of ice in it, then added dry ice to make it bubble. that was a highlight for the kids. i attempted the merrange ghosts, but the sugar here is different than at home, so they didn’t turn out as well. oh, well.

for decorations, we made ghosts out of packing tape (using ourselves as the mold) and putting little LED candles in them for the yard. I ordered the spider webs, but tried the glowing egg sacks ourselves. didn’t work, but the kids enjoyed popping those water balloons later in the night. made floating candles and a night sky. so freaking time consuming, but the results were neat. made the glowing eyes that were supposed to float in a dark room, but didn’t hang them. ran out of time for that and a few other things we’d planned.

for an activity, we made witch potion. little tip if you decide to do that: use plastic bottles instead of glass (the messes i cleaned up…), and have a real funnel handy. we tried to make some on the spot…and ended up with a lot of clean up afterward.

so that was my holiday. it was fun, but so not doing that again. my feet hurt, we were all up way too late and were exhausted the next day, and i’m still not finished cleaning up. those spider webs may be there until christmas. do me a favor. as christmas approaches, remind me that i do not want to have a christmas party. then link this post and email it to me.