Our Halloween

Three days have passed since Halloween, and I finally have a bit of a wrap-up. We had a fun, festive few days. We kicked things off on Halloween Eve (All Hallows' Eve Eve?) with Little Sis's 9th birthday party!

Little Sis's actual birthday is All Saints' Day, November 1, but we had her party on Sunday. Sixteen kids, running around our backyard in costume! Not for the faint of heart.

Little Sis was a zombie ballerina. We reused her zombie tutu from three years ago, although I added some hot pink tulle. Her bestie from school was also a zombie ballerina, and they wanted to match. I did buy the extra tulle and a makeup kit, but everything else came from around the house.

Big Sis hemmed and hawed, then decided at the last minute to be Rosie the Riveter, using articles from home. Her costume didn't cost a penny!

I baked mini pumpkin and chocolate pecan pies, using wide-mouth Mason jar lids as pie plates. (Thanks for the tip, FamilyFun magazine!) I cheated on the crusts, using Betty Crocker mix. I also made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing, and vanilla cupcakes with colored vanilla icing. The cupcake picks were from the craft store, and the candies on the chocolate cupcakes cake from Walmart.

Target had some darling Halloween party supplies, which is where I got the Pin the Eye on the Monster game and cute monster dessert stand. Mr. B went to Dillons to get dry ice for punch, only to find out they no longer had it. He bought two half-price Halloween drink dispensers instead.

There was popcorn and Chex mix. The kids played on the swingset, hula hooped, and bounced on the girls' big bouncy balls. We had a cake walk (although the prizes were actually coloring books), and the kids painted mini pumpkins to take home.

Halloween Day isn't much fun at school, as they did away with the costume parade and celebrations two years ago. Halloween Night was a blast, though. I hurried the girls home and into costume, then we headed to the College Hill neighborhood in Wichita for trick-or-treating. Little Sis's fellow zombie ballerina and her parents met us there. They block off several streets and mounted police patrol the neighborhood on Halloween night. The decorations are always amazing. We do this every year, and I can't imagine doing anything else. It's such a party!

Pediophobia, anyone?

Once we'd finished there, we ran home, lit our jack-o-lanterns and porch lights, and turned on some scary music, waiting up for any late trick-or-treaters. Most of our neighborhood was dark, but we did cater to a few kids that night.

Little Sis turned 9 the next day. She wouldn't let me bring any treats or crafts to school. She's playing Dixie, one of Gooper and Mae's "no-neck monsters" in a local production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opening tonight, so she's plenty busy!

I read a few more books. I really liked Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark and Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly, and the third book, The Grimm Conclusion, is sitting in the library bag, waiting for its turn. You know me and fairy tales, no matter how dark and gross.

A Tale Dark & Grimm (2010); In a Glass Grimmly (2012); and The Grimm Conclusion (2013)
by Adam Gidwitz. Dutton Books for Young Readers

I'm finishing up A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee (author of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy), which I'm enjoying.

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee.
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Little Sis and I need to finish Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett. I do love most things cute and vintage!

Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett,
illustrated by Helen Stone.
J.B. Lippincott, 1953.
60th Anniversary Edition by Sky Pony Press, 2013.

And I know Day of the Dead just passed, but I must recommend Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. I know, she's already super-popular, but the girls and I loved this book. It's sweet and sort of sad. Check out the interviews at The New Yorker and NPR to learn more.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier.
GRAPHIX, 2016.

If you celebrated Halloween this year, let me know all about it in the comments!

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