Happy Halloween!

Welcome to my favorite day of tricks and treats, little goblins! How people hate Halloween, I’ll never know. I love the mystery and spookiness and trickery and deliciousness of this day! This weekend we hosted our 4th Annual Halloween Party! This is the fastest event-to-blog turnaround time I’ve ever had, but I wanted to share our party in honor of Halloween! ICYMI, our theme for 2016 was Back to the 1990s!

If you’re new(ish) here check out previous years: (I didn’t document 2013) | 2014 | 2015

Essentially it’s a photo dump with some commentary  🙂

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I always invite guests via Facebook, but there’s just something about a tangible, festive, mailed invitation. This year I used ’90s font & TV characters.

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I did some really simple foods this year. I figured ’90s meant high fructose color syrup and other goodies we all used to find in our Lisa Frank lunchboxes. The Fruity Pebbles Treats were a simple rice crispy recipe (1/2 cup or a stick of butter, 6 cups of mini marshmallows, & a box of 11 0z-ish fruit pebbles) and the Dunkaroo Dip was half a cup of yogurt, half a cup of cool whip, and a box of funfetti cake mix! I also had a bowl of fruit roll-ups, gushers, and fruit-by-the-foot!

Now for the best part: ’90s Costumes!

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Lylee wanted to be Ariel (even though The Little Mermaid came out in ’89) and Enzo decided to be a Ninja Turtle- Michaelangelo to be exact. I had a different costume planned, but K asked me to be the Dottie Hinson to his Jimmy Dugan (A League of Their Own).

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Per usual, our guests were amazing. Our friends Dana & Jamie came as Chuckie Finster & Tommy Pickles (The Rugrats) while Kayla and Daniel kept up the Nickelodeon theme as competitors from the Red Jaguar team (Legends of the Hidden Temple).  Our friends & dogsitters, Elizabeth and Daniel, showed up as Jessie and Woody (Toy Story)!

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My brother is a DIY Halloween guru. He and Christina showed up as popular ’90s games (even though Operation came out in the ’60s… ha). Xtina was a Sky Dancer– she even had a string! My friend Kayla came as herself… from 1990. Ha! She had a hospital bracelet that stated her name, d.o.b., sex, and birthplace, as well as a pacifier and bib! My in-laws also fit the theme and showed up as a perfect Peggy and Al Bundy (Married with Children).

We had a handful of other guests that didn’t dress up, too. I love getting all our friends together and I’m so glad our friends could make it- especially the ones that were party-hopping that night or drove +1 and a half hours! (Thank you so much, guys!! ❤︎)

After the party we usually have one or two people stay the night; this year it was Fred, Christina, and Kayla. The following morning is always one of my favorites. I make some kind of pancake breakfast and then people lazily make their way out. K and I spend the whole afternoon snacking on leftovers, napping, and watching the race. It’s a perfectly cozy day.

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Did you do anything fun or fall-ish or Halloween-y this weekend?

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28 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!

  1. StephTheBookworm October 31, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Oh my gosh, I love this! So fun!

    Your costumes are great and I love that pumpkin throwing up guacamole lol.

    Halloween is my favorite too. Happy Halloweeen!

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks! 😀 The puking pumpkin is seriously the easiest thing! I just carve a pie pumpkin and buy some guac. Haha!

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks, Erin!! It’s definitely a project. Haha!

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  2. chelseajacobs October 31, 2016 / 8:42 am

    You are so cute!!! This looks like so much fun!

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      I really love getting everyone together for the party. Our friends tend to go all out which I love!

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  3. Elyse October 31, 2016 / 9:35 am

    OMG! LOVE this! The costumes are SO good and the party looks like so much fun!

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks, Elyse! We always have such a fun time!

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  4. Julie Hood October 31, 2016 / 11:38 am

    What a fun theme! Everyone got so into with the costumes which makes it even more fun! Devin thinks costumes are lame (he’s wrong) and refuses to attend a costume party we got invited to next weekend (I’m still going) hahaha

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      I always try to pick a theme that K will get excited about, haha. Otherwise he’d call it lame, too. Ha. I switched costumes last minute to appease him this time. Next year I specifically picked the theme for him. Ha!

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  5. Rebecca Jo October 31, 2016 / 11:53 am

    People are so dang creative! Who would have ever thought Operation or a Sky Dancer. SO SMART!
    & love your in-laws dressed up as the Bundy’s 😉 haha
    You two look so adorable too!!!

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      My brother always keeps his costume a secret and then shows up and blows us all away! My in-laws totally surprised me! They were great!

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  6. Mattie October 31, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    OH MY GOSH THE LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE COSTUMES!!!! I really love ALL the costumes actually. So good. And Bugles, Fruit by the Foot, Fruity Pebbles treats, and adult-y Lunchables!? That’s amazing. SO GOOD.

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      When they showed up as the Red Jaguar team I was like, “Whaaaaat??? So cool!” She said there’s an entire website dedicated to the costumes- helmets and all! Haha!

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  7. shelldbell October 31, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    That’s such a great theme! I am loving the Legends of the Hidden Temple costumes! That was one of my favorite shows!

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      I picked this theme for my MONTHS-LONG planned costume (*cough*Carmen San Diego*cough*) but K was very convincing when he suggested the Rockford Peaches. Haha.

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  8. Nadine October 31, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    I love the invitation and all the appropriately themed snacks and costumes!!! Legends of the Hidden Temple might have been my favorite! And the Bundy’s is super creative and cleaver! How fun! And while Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday (spoiler it’s Christmas!!!) I still enjoy it. How can you not with all the pumpkin things and fun costumes AND CANDY! Hello! Haha!

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you! Coming up with the snacks was really fun 😀 We always have a good time at our party. It’s so funny how it varies every year with guests and costumes and snacks!

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  9. Heidi Crisp October 31, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    This is so fun!! Such a great tradition and everyone rocked it with the costumes! 🙂

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks, Heidi! It’s one of my favorite weekends!!

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  10. Lindsay Latimer November 1, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    These costumes are everything. The theme is perfect and all of your snacks are perfect, too! You win costume of the year! A League of Their Own is one of my favorite movies ever. So clever!

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you! K begged me to join him with the costume so I selflessly gave up my idea (Carmen SanDiego, haha). The snacks were so fun to come up with!!

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  11. chelsea @ the new wifestyle November 2, 2016 / 10:54 am

    yeeees! i have been waiting to see the party reveal! such creative people are in your circle – love it! also so fun that you had 90s snacks too, now i must get my hands on dunkaroos!

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Thank, Chelsea! Our friends always deliver- it’s a fun night every year 😀 That dip was soooo easy to make! And we dipped Teddy Grahams in it, haha! Funfetti cake mix, some whipped cream, and yogurt!

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  12. simplyalexandra12 November 2, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Oh so fun! I love the 90’s theme! Your costumes were so cute, and it looks like your friends got really into it again! That’s awesome. Not sure my favorite… but I really like the Legends of the Hidden Temple one. Gosh I totally forgot about that show! 🙂 Really love how you had all the classic ’90’s kid foods. I just want to have a ’90’s party now…. gears are turning… maybe for my next bday… or KC’s… oooooh. FUN! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      Thanks! Our friends are really good at taking the theme and running with it 🙂 I was so impressed with the Legends of the Hidden Temple people- their helmets were a great detail! Haha!
      You should definitely have a 90s party something!!

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  13. texerinsydney November 3, 2016 / 1:08 am

    I do love a good Halloween party, and if I can’t go to one, I love a good party recap!

    The girl who went as her ’90s self – brilliant!

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    • Louise November 3, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Hahaha. A few years ago Kayla came as herself as an old person! She was just completing the cycle this year! Haha! She’s so funny!

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