Friday, November 1, 2013

We Survived Another Halloween!

Prepare your heart, this post is picture heavy.

It seems it's been a long time since I've posted any pictures but Project Life or birthday parties. I thought it was time.

Last evenings Halloween was a huge success. It snowed a few days before, but thankfully, all the snow melted, and the kids didn't have to dress up with snowsuits under their costumes. Every mum friend I know, breathed a sigh of relief over that one.

Now, I don't mean to brag. But I've been around awhile. I finally figured out that you don't wait until the time of the event, to take pictures. You take them before hand. Halloween, and the first day of school are prime examples of this. Last year  my kids freaked out about Halloween pictures, because quite simply, they are on a mission. And that mission is:

 C-A-N-D-Y  C-O-L-L-E-C-T-I-N-G. 

That's the ONLY thing they have on their little minds on October 31st. So no, they are not going to pose for you.

Here are the pictures I took at the beginning of the week. Before it snowed...

A Castle Crasher Knight [a costume we made painting and cutting a $3 t-shirt, helmet was made from an ice cream pail and 4 litre milk jug, shield was revamped for an old Rubbermaid lid of some sort, and the sword was made out of wood... [I would have made it out of cardboard, to decrease the actual 'weapon' and 'injury' end of things. However, that's what you get when Daddy gets involved] And duct tape... We utilized that for sure. We have enough for the next millennium now, there again, because Daddy was involved.

The giraffe costume we picked up at Wal-Mart early in September. In fact, early enough that I had to remind her numerous times, that she could no longer change her mind. Thankfully she didn't.

 And just so you know, just because we take pictures early, doesn't mean there isn't any drama... For whatever reason [you see, it's so silly, I can't even recall the reason why now] there were tears from a certain little girl giraffe. And she stalked off, refusing to participate any longer. These pictures below were taken, before I had even taken a single photo of her, so I made some sort of threat, err, I mean promise... And suddenly all was right in her world again.

Tuesday night we carved pumpkins.

We had 5, but only ended up carving 4. One sad little pumpkin didn't fulfill his jack-o-lantern destiny.

A couple of Mason's friends came over, and they went out Trick or Treating together. This is only the 2nd year he's done that. Miss Madelyn likes to tease the boys, but she made it quite clear, she had no plans on going with them. No. She went with her uncle instead.

Barry accompanied the boys. Mason was concerned he would have to carry all the candy himself...

 Madelyn & Uncle Don, went the opposite direction.

After the kids got back from candy collecting, they all poured their loot on the floor, and began to sort and trade. Even Madelyn got in on the action. She was pretty pleased to be included.

Halloween is one of my favourites. It has been as far back as I can remember. Here is some of the 'fun' foods I fed the kids in the past few days. If you follow me on instagram, you will have already seen these little gems. I love to see the look on my kids faces when I do this kind of stuff. And I'm kind of preparing for my eleven year old to think I'm dorky, and want me to stop...

Mummy dogs, ghost pancakes and vampire donuts were on the menu this week.

Thanks to Pinterest, that makes me look pretty artsy-fartsy.

Another Pinterest treasure, was to create my mask below...

The kids school had a Halloween Hop last weekend, so I made this little mask to wear to that. I think it cost $1.60 in felt... It was easy to do, but time consuming. My sewing machine and I are on the outs again you see, so I ended up having to sew it by hand... Grrr...

I racked my brain to come up with something to wear... Madelyn has gone on and on about that ridiculous 'what does the fox say' video on You Tube. Needless to say, the kids all thought it was AWESOME! Score for the mummy!

Hope a fantastic Halloween was had by all!!

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