Friday, March 9, 2018

Flashback Friday - Halloween 2016

July 2016 through February 2017 are lost months here on my blog. I can't have them be lost forever, so Flashback Fridays are going to be my way of going back and recording those memories. Since I did Halloween 2017 last night, I figured I'd stick with the Halloween theme and do Halloween 2016 tonight! 

Early in the month, Peyton and I made a haunted house and trick-or-treating kids (both from The Wood Connection) together.

I made some fun Halloween lunches throughout the month. Yay for cookie cutters that easily transform a regular lunch into a fun lunch!

This was a make-your-own Halloween wrap for Corbyn.

I made a bunch of easy Halloween cookies to give out. Ghosts, witch hats, Nutter Butter Bats...

Dipped wafers, aliens, mummies, and monsters.

We went to the Liepold Farms Pumpkin Patch with the Yates. It was a perfect day to visit a pumpkin patch and it was so incredibly crowded! We had fun, but didn't feel like we had found our new pumpkin patch after our visit.

They did have a lot of fun places to take pictures.

It had rained all week, so the corn maze was all mud. The Yates were prepared, but we were not. (We hadn't invested in rain boots yet!) So we took a picture in front of the corn maze and called it good.

We paid a lot for the pumpkins...

And then before we got them carved, they were stolen off our porch! Of course they left the cheap ones I bought at Winco.

I let Melissa borrow my pregnant skeleton shirt. 

Corbyn really wanted to be Iron Man and I could not persuade him to join us for our Toy Story theme no matter how many different options I gave him.

Logan was the most adorable little Buzz and Peyton was a cute Jessie. She wore the hat she got for free when she was Sheriff of the Day this Disneyland trip and I made the rest of her costume.

I also made me and Rog Little Green Men shirts to complete our Toy Story family. Corbyn as Iron Man even kind of fit the theme as a toy.

I pulled off a fun Andy's room trunk for our ward trunk-or-treat.

Sunnyside ward did their carnival outside in between cars which got a little tricky as it became darker and darker.

We replaced our stolen pumpkins with equally expensive pumpkins from Safeway and carved them -  a My Little Pony pony for Peyton, a Little Green Man for Logan, and Iron Man for Corbyn.

It's not Halloween until we watch Garfield's Halloween!

The Yates joined us for our ghoulish feast. They brought mummy dogs, beans and blood (baked beans), and eyeball pie (pumpkin pie with eyeballs).

I didn't get a good picture, but you can see the slime punch in the top, right corner.

My ghostly pizza looked better before it was cooked.

Some pieces turned out better than others. This was obviously one of the good ones.

I saw these Frankensquares on Bakerella and had to make them!

My green wasn't quite the right color and her big eyes look better, but I think mine were a success nonetheless.

We had heard nightmare stories about trick-or-treating in the rain, but we lucked out with near-perfect weather on Halloween.

We elected to leave our candy bucket out, so we could all go out together. There was still candy left when we got home, so our sign worked!


Corbyn and Emery ended up as twin Iron Mans. I don't think they planned this, but they probably influenced each other.

And just like that another Halloween had come and gone!

Halloween 2017

A couple Sundays before Halloween (on the 22nd) we decorated sugar cookies. With being in Utah and then Super Saturday, this was really the first Halloween thing we did and the month was already more than half over. 

I got to go with Peyton on her field trip to a pumpkin patch.

She hadn't talked about this girl, Natalie, at home, but apparently they are good friends.

They got to pick out a small pumpkin to take home.

A few days later we went as a family to the Olson Farms Pumpkin Patch. It was a Tuesday and it was uncrowded and perfect.

The pumpkin patch we went to our first October in Oregon was not our favorite, so we were happy to find this one that was more our style. 

The next night we carved our pumpkins. I think Peyton was unhappy to be cleaning out the insides.

Someday I'll have to give up control, but this year we kept with our tradition of the kids picking out their designs and mom carving them.

Mickey Mouse for Logan, a castle for Peyton, and Jack Skellington for Corbyn.

The Friday before Halloween we had our ward Halloween party. Logan was my lovely assistant helping me make a treat for the party.

I did a brownie pumpkin patch.

We invited our neighbors, the Martyns, to the party and were delighted they came. They had a bunch of different carnival games for the kids to do. Logan was obsessed with this cake walk. He did it over and over again. After awhile we just left him there and came back to check on him every few minutes.

After the carnival games, they had a trunk-or-treat in the parking lot. I wanted to do something to decorate our trunk, but ran out of time to do what I had been thinking (a Mario theme). This mummy was super quick and I was happy with how it turned out.

The next night our pumpkins got smashed (for the second year in a row). Next year we're going to have to remember to bring them in on the weekends, so the high school kids don't get to them.

On Sunday we had our ghoulish feast.

The Yates brought a jack-o-lantern made of fruit...

And these deviled egg spiders.

I did a haunted salad...

Eyeball subs...

And witches brew.

We played the donut-on-a-string game which is a Halloween party staple, but as I'm thinking about it, I'm not exactly sure why. Of course it was super fun, so I guess it doesn't matter why!

Kevan and Krislyn Willes also joined us for the feast.

For FHE we made these witch hat cookies. I had hoped to send them to school with Corbyn for his class Halloween party, but even though they are made of all store-bought supplies, the room mother said I couldn't. Rog took them to work and they got eaten there instead.

I don't have a picture, but we had Mel's Dinner in a Pumpkin that night.

I made these jack-o-lantern peach cups for our playgroup Halloween party on Halloween. (Super easy to cut the vinyl on my Silhouette and use transfer tape to put them on.)

I let Logan wear his Buzz costume from last year to the party.

We had our traditional mummy hot dogs and apples with Caramel Toffee Fruit Dip for dinner and then headed out to go trick-or-treating.

I love a group Halloween costume and the kids were agreeable to it this year. I bought the boys' costumes on Amazon for cheap and had them ready way before Halloween. Corbyn was Mario.

Peyton was Princess Peach. She wore the same dress as she did when she was Glenda in 2015 and she wore her hat from Corbyn's Mario birthday party, so all I had to do for her was order gloves.

Logan was Luigi and was happy to be matching with Corbyn. He was impossible to photograph, but oh so cute (and obsessed with suckers that night). He wore his mustache almost all night (long after Corbyn pulled his off).

Rog was Bowser (wearing his costume from Corbyn's party) and I was a yellow mushroom. I ordered myself a child hat and it was perfect.

We had a fun group for trick-or-treating - the Yates, the Martyns, and the Sullivans. A whole lot of boys! Thank goodness Peyton has Kinley!

I was leaving for my big cruise early the next morning, but stayed up after we got the kids to bed to take down the Halloween decorations and put up the Thanksgiving ones. I didn't want to come home to Halloween 2 weeks into November! These decorations were new this year. A sign from The Wood Connection that I picked up while we were in Utah.

And 5 Halloween blocks (also purchased at the Wood Connection).

We may have gotten a late start celebrating, but we packed in all the essentials!