Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween at Home

Halloween in our home is less creepy-scary and more spooky-fun. My kids (and I) don't get those fun, tingly little thrills out of being scared - we mostly just get scared. So in our house Halloween is heavy on pumpkins and cheerful ghosts and light on anything really creepy or frightening.

For Halloween decor we draped the house inside and out with Halloween cobwebbing and dozens of pumpkins big and small. The kids, as always, designed and carved their own jack-o-lanterns (with a little help for the sharp parts!)

Halloween dinner featured our usual jack-o-lantern stuffed orange peppers and pumpkin-styled drinks with lollipop ghosts and Halloween-themed cupcakes.

For crafts this year we made block jack-o-lanterns using orange and black building blocks,

pom-pom pumpkins using homemade wool pom-poms for the body and twisted craft wax for the stem,

and popsicle stick spiderwebs using criss-crossed popsicle sticks.

This year, for the first time ever, the kids all wanted different costumes and dressed up without a theme.

Baby went as a ladybug - one of a couple dozen costumes in the dress-up play chest in the basement, he's worn it out visiting, to his brothers' soccer games, and to the grocery store. It seemed a natural choice for an actual costume-appropriate occasion! Middle Child went as Leonardo - he's obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And Oldest Child decided to dress up as Creeper from Minecraft. We couldn't find anything in the stores so I made it myself with cardboard boxes, dollar store tablecloths, paint chips and pantyhose. I'm pretty proud of that homemade Creeper costume, if I do say so myself!

Happy Halloween!

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