Time is flying by. I am constantly amazed at how fast the kids are growing and maturing. I want to celebrate as many moments with them as I can. Making our time together a little extra special and memorable is so worth it when I see the kids smiling and laughing.
To get ready for our party, we gave the garage a little make over.
I am not a huge fan of gory Halloween themes. I much prefer pumpkins and colored leaves. I can handle a few spiders too. I was very conscientious of the fact that we had a group of kids ranging in age from 5 to 16. A wide range of ages is a challenge when you want everyone to have fun and feel like the party had been planned for them.
But for the kids, a Halloween party is all about the treats and candy.
To make this a little more fun, I stuck glow sticks into two cheap little vases and filled them with candy corn. We LOVE candy corn and I had to take a picture quickly before all the candy was gone.
We brought our outdoor tables in from the patio.
I set the kid friendly tables with scrapbook paper for place mats, a sprinkle of fabric leaves, and fun little napkins that I bought at Wal Mart.
We made a few decorations out of empty tin cans. My kids filled the cans with water and froze them. When they were rock hard, I used a hammer and nail to punch holes in the cans outlining a pumpkin face. Then I painted the can with a few coats of metallic acrylic paint from the craft store. Then I went back and filled in the face shapes with black metallic paint.
A few pumpkin spice scented candles and we were in business.
I served hot dogs, orange jello, cooked carrots, and tater tots for dinner. But who cares about that! Here are our lovely desserts compliments of our dear friends. They brought lovely s'mores bars and a delicious pumpkin cobbler. We LOVE pumpkin anything. I also made some little candy corn cookies.
After we were stuffed to the gills, we watched a movie. My dear hubby and big strapping sons had brought our two love seats, the DVD player and a TV to the garage out to the garage for the adults to cuddle on during the movie. The kids sat on patio chairs. We watched the movie How To Train Your Dragon.
Then after the movie the kids turned off all the lights, grabbed the glow sticks and headed outside for some 'running around in the dark' fun. The kids were exhausted by the time they headed to bed, but not to tired to make sure that we knew they thought this should become a new family tradition.