Tag Archives: Halloween party

Halloween Party

Standard

Now that our youngest is 12 and in 7th grade, we deemed this to be the year that she should stop trick-or-treating. It’s become a tradition in our household to ease the pain of aging out of trick-or-treating by throwing a Halloween party for the big kid, and it was my daughter’s turn this year!

I was a witch on a flaming broomstick, and I don’t mean that I was wearing a costume…From 6 am until 6 pm when the party finally started, I snapped out orders to my cowering family as we raced around trying to get the house decorated and ready.

IMG_5667

Yup.

IMG_5674

IMG_5672

We made sure the kids would not be deprived of candy even if they were too old to go trick-or-treating!

IMG_5670Before

IMG_5695

No guts, no glory.

IMG_1660

After!

IMG_5669

Glow ring toss

IMG_5673

Tarantula Toss

My daughter pointed out my nail-studded sign to her friends and said in her snarkiest voice: “My mother is extremely proud of her little pun.”

IMG_5676

Nail Salon with press on stickers

But I got the last laugh when she opened up the little pumpkin to the right and jumped when she saw what was inside…

IMG_5677

Finger bubbles!

Dinner…

IMG_5725IMG_1662IMG_5679

IMG_5678IMG_5686IMG_5688

IMG_1661

Popcorn hands with candy corn nails

IMG_1665

I vant to suck your bloooooood!

Our 15 year old invited a few of his friends too. They played an epic game of Manhunt in the backyard, but probably the biggest hit of the party was playing with the dry ice.

IMG_5689

We transformed our breakfast room into a photo booth and stocked it with lots of props and costumes. Even our poor, long-suffering dogs (I mean panda and bee) got into the act!

IMG_5714

Happy Halloween!

Weekend Snapshots 44

Standard

Friday

I took the day off work so that I could spend it with my kids who had the day off from school. After a long and arduous quarter, and a week that felt like a hurricane on the heels of a tornado followed by an avalanche…it felt soooooooooo good to have a day of rest.

I took the kids to lunch at The Bebedero, a newish Mexican restaurant in Charlottesville…

img_7199

img_1756

The friendly bartender explained that the service can be slow sometimes…

img_7187

So tired, but so happy.

img_7195

“Where’s the food?”

img_7198

Mmmmmm…delicious nachos.

img_7197

Camarones Ensalada Frio

We strolled along the Downtown Mall…

img_7211

img_7205

“So that‘s how they change those letters!”

We had dessert at The Flat Takeaway Crêperie:

img_7216

We can highly recommend the Chocolate Chip Cookie Crêpe!

That evening my friend and I returned to the Downtown Mall to take our daughters to the Paramount to see their beloved violin teacher perform with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra:

img_7218img_7225

Saturday

We spent the morning getting ready for my son’s Halloween party…

img_7232The day was punctuated by soccer games…My husband took our oldest son to his game in Lynchburg; I took our daughter to her game at Booster Park in Orange County. The park also happens to be adjacent to an airport and a skydiving outfit. I tried to pay attention to the game, but every thirty minutes people would fall out of the sky:

img_1760img_1762

img_1766

Oh sure, that’s not at all distracting!

We rushed home to finish getting ready for the party:

img_1773

img_1771

Ghosts in the Graveyard – a nostalgic favorite!

img_1776


Apple cider with a vanilla flavored bone and a gummy eyeball.

After dinner the kids took their flashlights and went outside to hunt for Halloween candy and to have an epic game of flashlight tag. They came in sweaty and red-faced and ready to watch their scary movie…

img_1778

Popcorn and candy corn fingernails.

img_1781

Vampire blood: Hawaiian Punch, cranberry ginger ale, grenadine, and a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Oh, and the blood of a vampire, obviously – (Preferably O positive for the best results).

img_1772

Thank you, Pinterest!

Sunday

Church! Choir! And Marie-Bette Café & Bakery in between!

img_7240

Trying to behave like this, when…

img_7238

…you really feel like this.

img_1790

Ebony and Ivory

img_1806

I’m shriiiiiiiiiiiinking!

img_1802

Happy Halloween!