Friday, November 2, 2007

This is the Halloween that does not end...












So, when I was growing up, each year I celebrated Halloween one time, one day of the year. It seems to me that in everyone's attempts to make Halloween wonderful for our children, Halloween gets done multiple times a year anymore. For instance...
Halloween #1: Our ward's Trunk or Treat where we were able to have chile (I made a really yummy white chile that I took) and hot dogs and drink root beer. The kids walked around and got buckets full of candy at this event as well as winning little prizes at the various booths.
**Sidenote**I do have to ask though, whenever my grandma makes rootbeer, she always puts dry ice in, to keep it cold and probably for entertainment value as well. This rootbeer was that "left on the counter too long to be good and cool" temperature. Doesn't homemade rootbeer need dry ice or is that one of those myths that I've created from my upbringing? I'm looking to find out if I'm abnormal or do the rest of you do dry ice too?
Halloween #2: Ryanna's pre-school did a small little Halloween where we moms each did a little activity with prizes for the kids. I did the cupcake walk. Ryanna helped me decorate the cupcakes. They were strawberry with cream cheese frosting.
Halloween #3: Our community where we live held trick or treating the night before Halloween because I guess in past years our subdivision got slammed pretty hard and some of the residents were upset that their own children didn't get any candy because houses would run out before kids who live here could get any. I really liked this because it allowed me to meet my neighbors. It's hard in this day and age to meet your neighbors because people work so much and when they come home, they don't go out. I met a lot of people and really enjoyed myself and the kids came home with loads of candy.
**Sidenote**NO Owen's costume is not him being eaten by an alligator as I got asked TWICE. Seriously, that's a little out there for me to even think of. He was a dragon. It's not my fault he wouldn't wear the head piece. Doesn't he know I'm trying to get good photos here? Those Anne Gedes & Tom Arma photos where the kids are in cute animal costumes--don't believe it for one second! Those kids were doped up on Dimetapp or something to get them to grin and sit still and not try to yank the head piece off and give an Indian war cry in your face. At least my son would never go for it.
Halloween #4: Ryanna helped me to pass out candy to the kids that came to our house on Halloween night. We didn't get nearly the crowd I thought we would because so many people turned off their lights and didn't participate on the real night because they had done the community trick or treat. I thought it was a good chance for Ryanna to give since she had received so much. I think she might've enjoyed the power of distributing the candy more than she did getting it even.
Wow! That's enough Halloween festivities to last a lifetime...or I guess till next year anyway!
**Last Sidenote I promise**Due to the amount of times Ryanna was able to dress up, she was a Princess for some activities and a cow for others. Her choice.

12 comments:

SHERI said...

Busy- but fun. So you are the one who brought the white chili- I heard good things about it although I didn't get to try it.
Love the dragon-so cute

JenW said...

so much halloween...it's overwhelming, but so cute, those kids!

SGottfredson said...

Now I really feel bad that we did nothing for Halloween. What a fun week! Actually Halloween is a favorite holiday of mine, so I think you are lucky. Cute kids, cute costumes.

Kelli said...

Okay, so I totally know what you mean when it comes to Halloween. I think this year we had Halloween week not just Halloween. We started with trunk or treat, then carving pumpkins with Jarom's family, followed by Halloween, and then Anika's pre-school party. Anika also had the choice of dressing up as a witch or bumble bee.
How could people possibly think Owen was getting eaten by an alligator? Isn't that a little morbid for a baby? Maybe next year will slow down a little but I don't think so! P.S. the kids were super cute!!!

Lacey said...

I LOVE the dragon costume! I would have never thought people thought he was getting eaten by an alligator! Maybe in the south you would see something like that! LOL!
Super cute! I love little Owen!

Melissa said...

FYI- I think homeade rootbeer needs dry ice to make it bubbly. At least when I've made it you have to have it or it's got no carbination! Love the costumes!

Crazymamaof6 said...

dry ice is in the recipe! an they looked cute. we did 2 family parties and one Halloween night. and it was too much. i could do with out the family parties. sad huh?! i love homemade root beer!

Lara said...

1. I've never seen homemade rootbeer without dry ice. Now, I've never made it, either, so no idea if it's actually in the recipe. But there you go.

2. I would never even THINK of something like the alligator eating Owen. It was pretty obvious he was a dragon.

3. Our last Halloween in AZ, Chloe was a pumpkin for one of the days (campus fall festival)and Snow White for another one (real Halloween). That's the best part of celebrating so much. :)

DONNA said...

The dry ice added to rootbeer adds the carbonation to it...ya know, the little bubbles that make it fizzy. Yumo!!!! Your children were absolutely adorable. I think the folks in AZ must be on drugs to think that Owen had been swallowed by an alligator. Cute, cute, cute!!!! The best part of Halloween is the anticipation and then the 75% off sales immediately following. Ya baby!

Heather said...

Yea I'm with everyone else on the Rootbeer. Definately needs the dry ice. Plus adds spookiness on Halloween.

I hear you on the Halloween that never ends. We had Trunk or Treat, pre-school party, and Halloween night. That was a good idea to have Ryanna pass out candy!

DKAZ said...

Yes, is this crazy or what?!?! I mean I'm happy they get to dress up more than once, but every day of the week for a week was a bit extreme this year. What are your thougths on trick or treating becoming extinct in the next few years? That's my hubstar's prediction.
Your little dragon was so cute...and Q was very pleased that Ryana was also a princess.

Brittany and Scott said...

love the costumes!!! your kids are adorable!!!