Halloween 2012

I'm so behind, so I'm just going to play catch-up with some pictures.

We had our annual Halloween party. I hate it most years because it typically involves me doing a lot of sewing to make our costumes.  It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't start the week before the party, but if you know me at all you know that never happens.  This year I quickly agreed to the first costume idea that didn't require much sewing.  This left me free to go to the orienteering rogaine one weekend and the Katy Trail the next weekend.  Priorities, you know.

Because I wasn't sewing up to the start of the party, I was able to make some fun Halloween treats.


Daniel's girlfriend volunteered to come help me bake, so she dipped all the peanut butter eyeballs in chocolate...

They actually make me think of little one-eyed ninjas.
 I started on the bones, and then she took over...

Mini marshmallows and pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate.

...and finger cookies....

I love these things. Both for their disgusting looks and their yummy shortbread taste.
No Halloween party is complete without...

Jeff and the boys worked outside to get things set up.

Why use a ladder when you can climb on the roof?
Instead of sewing our last-minute time was filled with makeup.

Nathan using my headlamp for detail work.
Kayla turned out to be a pretty amazing makeup artist.
 J got some goodie bags together for all the kids...

"One for you...one for me...one for you...two for me...."
  Like usual, we weren't quite ready when everyone got there.  Also like usual, the costumes were awesome!

My sister-in-law and her family pay homage to Zombieland
Another SIL and family as Peter Pan
This is the perfect costume for my mother-in-law, who loves Christmas.
Zombies? No worries, mon.
My nephew and his girlfriend
We may put this on our Christmas card.
My brother was going to another Halloween party where the theme was "dress like you're 12 years old"
Our friends the Black-Eye'd P's with Lt. Uhura and Obi-Wan
Good times at the big kids' table (you can see how long the costumes lasted).
...while the littler kids had fun downstairs. 
 As much as I hate it in the weeks leading up to it, the party was a lot of fun.  For future reference, though, I'd suggest NOT leaving a fog machine unsupervised with a bunch of 8-10 year olds.  We were all sitting around the bonfire when we looked into the house and saw that it was filled with smoke.


  1. Love, love, loved all of the pics! Definitely think the family shot would make an amazing Christmas card! She is very good at makeup! Can I come to your party next year? What a great time!

  2. What a great party!!!! I love Halloween parties :) Wish you'd gotten a shot of the smoke-filled house!

  3. Those are some great costumes; looks like it was a great year for the Zombies! I am a horrible costume thinker and would probably have to come as a runner. Or a biker with running tights on underneath my bike shorts :).

    Super creative on the snacks...I have no talent there either. But that brain jello is making me salivate! :)


  4. Incredible! First, everybody loves zombies. Second, very, very nice work on the edible goodies.

    So, how's the Skippo training coming?


  5. I love the Xmas card photo. You should do a mock letter to go with that--think of the possibilities!

  6. You guys always do such a big Halloween! For me I just attended my first ever local parade. It was fab, now I know why everyone loves it so much! Great pictures and funny costumes!

  7. Did you have your ten seconds of terror when you saw the smoke? If you use that picture for your Christmas card - I vote for it - be sure and send it to me! Looks like a lot of fun after all the work.


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