Friday, November 2, 2012

What a hoot!

Halloween is no longer just one night, like it was in my childhood.  It now seems to span two weeks, full of carnivals and parties.  Needless to say, I love it just as much as the kids!

This year, I skipped the idea of sewing costumes and just ordered them online like the rest of the world.  I had them shipped to a friend's house so my kids wouldn't wear them out before the big day.  Just before our first party, I picked them up, only to discover Shelby's unicorn costume may or may not have been stored in a warehouse since 1992.  It was pathetic...

What the costume looked like in 1992, as evidenced by the girl's bangs

Needless to say, the tail and horn weren't quite so perky, and the amount of stuffing wasn't enough to fill out one hoof.  But, like the saying goes, we were able to make lemonade out of this lemon.  Shelby helped me hot glue ribbons, hearts, and flowers all over.  In the end, crafting with her was one the highlights this year.
Our Unicorn Cowgirl

Luckily Haley's costume fit perfectly and she loved it, so much so that she didn't even take it off during any parties.  
Wooo is adorable!?!

First party was the Halloween carnival at the girls' pre-school.  The had a blast getting their faces painted, playing games, seeing their teachers, and eating cotton candy.  

Haley's face painting
Haley's pumpkin patch

Haley and Ms. Liz

Shelby's bean bag toss

Our next party was at a co-worker's house.  Ms. Annette's 2nd Annual Halloween party was lots of fun.  She had lots of great games and projects, and in the end, the kids had the best time just running around in the backyard as fast as they could.  

Our goblins

Ring toss

The hostess with the mostest and her hubby

Cake "walk" was more like cake "stand"

Cleopatra and her lame friend that didn't dress up

Finally, on Halloween, Bryon and the kids did their usual carving of the pumpkins, and we all went trick-or-treating with our new friends from down the block.  Haley led the pack once she figured out more houses meant more candy.  Shelby just enjoyed Miss Social Committee, playing with her friends and meeting new ones.  

Our little princesses

Haley helping light her owl jack-o-lantern

Shelby's jack-o-lantern 

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