Someone once gave me some great advice: when faced with a choice, always pick the one that makes the best memory. I am about making memories. I want my grandchildren to look back and think of the great times they had at Nana and Papa's house. This year I almost dropped the ball for Halloween.
For the past many years we have spent the family dinner night before Halloween carving pumpkins. You can see one of our past experiences here.This year we were just back from NC and I didn't have the energy for the mess, so I gave the group an option to take a pass. There was some disappointment, but overall there was agreement to let it go this year. However, being the obsessive person that I am, I still wanted there to be a memory attached to this years Halloween. Dollar Tree to the rescue. I ran in there and grabbed a big black plastic table cloth and a few other things like these fun glasses and some glow stick bracelets.
Emerson preferred his way up on his arm. Smiling for the camera was not an option.
Then I went around the house and grabbed every candle I could find, a few books and other Halloween like ephemera and decorated the table.
The white candles in the back drip different colors as they burn. BIG creepy spiders with glowing eyes hung above the table.
Tom made cupcakes. (I frosted them. Yay me. :-))
And I discovered that Pandora has a kids Halloween channel so we ate dinner in creepy candlelight with fun music in the background.
I think it went over pretty well. It might not have been as much fun as pumpkin carving, but it was new and different.
Saturday night Tom and I will go to Kysa's where the whole family will gather to Trick or Treat. I'll stay at the house and hand out candy while the rest of the crew walk the neighborhood. SO much fun. I have the best darn family EVER!