Our Celebration kicked off with our 2nd annual W Family Halloween Party. This party exists as an act of bribery by Mom and Dad to get us out of the elementary school pumpkin walk. The pumpkin walk really is fun, but it's the night before rush to decorate the pumpkins in the class theme that wears me out. (The funny thing is that when Ryenne was in kindergarten I was a room mother, and was in charge of creating a display and setting out all of the class pumpkins for the walk. I felt so sad for the kids whose parents didn't help them participate. It all seemed so fun and important. In only 3 short years, see what I've deteriorated to?)
Anyway, we had a great time at our little party. We played "pin the nose on the pumpkin", which always brings a few good laughs. This was followed by the donut on the string game, after which we decorated a haunted gingerbread house. (It didn't look anything like the finished one on the box, of course, but the girls and Courtney had a great time.) Dad was in charge of applying the frosting, which he pretty much threw on and then let the girls stick candy everywhere. Afterward, the girls teeth were blue from eating the candy that came in the kit.
The next day, Emmy and I decorated her pumpkin while the girls were at school. After we finished carving, she took markers and made her pumpkin into Pocahontas.
Ryenne chose to be Ashoka from Star Wars Clone Wars. This costume took a little ingenuity, the internet, and help from a talented seamstress in our ward to create. She was excited with the result, but got tired of everyone asking who she was. Apparently a lot of people are about as familiar as I was with Clone Wars. Although I've only seen pictures out of a book, I have to say she looked very close to the real thing. She won the funniest costume award in her class.
Each year at the costume parade, these two very tall men creatures show up for a peek. They are almost as tall as the school and a little bit freaky!
Kate was the cutest scarecrow on the block, of course!
Emmy the cheerleader was, as usual, filled to the brim with enthusiasm!
We started our trick-or-treat run at Grandma & Grandpa C's. Bop had just arrived from a Harley ride when we got there. The girls were quite taken back by his skeleton mask. When he asked Emmy if she was scared she answered him by laughing.
All in all, it was another successful Halloween. The girls made a haul, which I am trying to buy from them. I even offered $1.oo for every 7 pieces of candy. They weren't very impressed by my offer, and couldn't believe I was just going to throw the candy away. Needless to say, we still have way too much candy around here. Oh well, it will probably be gone soon. . .just in time for Christmas candy.