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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Halloween Costumes | Part 1

Happy Wednesday, ghouls and goblins! Are you enjoying the crisp weather? I might’ve overdone it and left the windows open too long… my poor little munchkin was shivering this morning! Oops! Good thing I had his sweater all clean and ready to go! (Yep, I’m one of those people…)

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Since there are only three and a half weeks until Halloween, now is the perfect time to create a costume! You’ve also got enough time to find a partner or a date or convince your significant other/best friend to dress up… so today we will zero in on partner & group costumes! (This is one of three costume posts, so stick around for more ideas in weeks to come!)

Quail Man & Patty Mayonnaise
A little 90s love for your Wednesday pleasure. You really only need a belt…

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Soap & A Luffa
This is a costume I’ve never attempted, but look how cute my in-laws are!

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A cat lady & her cats
Yes, we really did this. Yes, those cute little kittens are my husband, my brother, and our friend. Yes, it took a long time to live this one down…

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Rosie the Riveter & Pilot
Technically this can be a solo costume, but we had the coveralls, the flight suit, the bandanna, and the glasses so we made it a couples costume! This is one of my favorites!

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Inside Out Emotions
I’m so excited to see some of our friends decked out as emotions for our Halloween party this year!

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This year will be another couples costume for us, but I’m not going to spill the beans quite yet! My husband and I are hosting a PIXAR themed Halloween Party on the 31st so there’s your first hint!

Have you ever participated in a group or couples costume? How did it turn out? What pair or group would you go as if you had unlimited resources??

-Louise

 

My Favorite Holiday: Halloween!

Alright, let’s say my favorite non-religious holiday. I love Christmas Eve A LOT so they might tie…

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For Halloween this year I threw a party and invited all the coolest people! (Last year we had a murder mystery party, but I was a little less dictator-like this year and allowed my guests to dress as they pleased… as long as it was a costume.)

So who showed up?

A biker dude (this is my mother... see where I get my Halloween spirit from?)
A biker dude (my mom)

 

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A preggo zombie (IRL) and a zombie hunter
A pregnant zombie (IRL) and a zombie hunter

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A witch
A witch

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Kitty cat
Kitty cat

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Gru and his minion (us!)
Gru and his minion (us!)

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The milk man & a house wife (she's really pregnant, but he's actually her hubby).
The milk man & a pregnant housewife

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Grandma, complete with a walker and catheter

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The Kennedys

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A homemade lighthouse with a working light! (my brother)

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Day of the Dead Sugar Skull couple

It was a pretty fabulous event. We also had a bunch of yummy foods!

Lady Fingers [sugar cookies with chocolate icing lines and an almond slice]
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[sugar cookies with chocolate syrup lines and an almond slice]
Caterpillar Grapes [Grill skews, green grapes, a dab of frosting, and candy eyes OR mini chocolate chips]
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[grill skews, green grapes, a dab of frosting, and candy eyes OR mini chocolate chips]
Puking Pumpkin [I carved the pie pumpkin, but cheated and bought store guac... Sorry!]
Puking Pumpkin
[I carved the pie pumpkin, but cheated and bought store guac… Sorry!]
I also made my signature Jell-O shots.

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(Here’s a HOW TO with the Jell-O syringes.)

Look at these good sports!

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It was a great night! How did you celebrate Halloween?

-Louise