This could potentially be a very long post. If only I was better at posting more often...
Last Monday we carved our pumpkins.
We usually reserve the last Monday before Halloween as our Pumpkin Carving Family Home Evening.
Without fail we underestimate how long it will take us to carve pumpkins with/for 5 kids and the kids get to bed ridiculously late.
This year we didn't even manage to get a fifth one done for Jesse. He just kind of had fun getting his hands into everybody else's pumpkins.
The final results:
On Friday night we hosted our annual Halloween Party. This is so much fun. All of our guests are such good sports about coming in costume and bringing a pie for the bake-off. We had 10 delicious pies to eat this year, along with the sugar cookies, popcorn, and doughnuts I made.
A close-up of my punk chick costume. That nose stud is a screw back clip on earring. It was my grandmother's. I wish she could have seen this!
Karen as a biker chick and the full shot of my punk look. Do we look tough or what?
Alexis and Kennedy after the mummy-wrapping race:
The Howells as hard rockers. Kym and I both kept flashing people the hardcore "I love you" sign.
Me and Balloon Boy
Wall-E, my pick for best overall costume. Drew and her big sisters put a lot of work into this one!
The Mario Brothers, better known in our circle as the Pimentels!
The Deckers. The Deckers won best costume last year and could easily win every year. Melissa made these costumes! Sooooo talented! The whole family was dressed in Sleeping bEauty costumes. Mason as the prince, Megan as Aurora, and Jesse was my pick for funniest as the fairy Meriwether!
The Waterfall Family. In costume? Or just concerned about a Swine flu outbreak at the party?
The Prowses won funniest costume. They were pretty hilarious- Spencer in his painfully tight pants, Michelle with her hairy mole.
The Mayorgas showing off their perfected Goth Death Stare:
The Sandstroms. Billy's Robin costume was fantastic, even if I couldn't look him in the eye all night because he was wearing tights!
And the full shot of Balloon Boy:
Trick-or-treating was pretty chilly this year. OK, it was downright cold. Luckily, I got the job of staying home to bake bread, boil stew, and hand out candy.
Kennedy was the Bride of Frankenstein:
Julia was Cleopatra:
Devon as Obi Wan Kenobi:
Irene the wingless, wandless, crownless, flower fairy:
And Jesse. He refused to wear the costume we had for him, despite the fact that he insisted he was going to be "Dark Bader". (He would even sing the Imperial March after saying that). So we forced him into this Spiderman costume. Alas, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. He refused to trick-or-treat. Instead, he stayed home and took over candy distributing duties:
Testing the goods:
After trick-or-treating with the Knouses, we had a warm dinner of stew in bread bowls, witches fingers, eyeballs, Halloween shaped jell-o jigglers, meatballs, and candy.
I enjoy Halloween but I find it a bit exhausting! It's nice to lay low today and start looking forward to the winter holidays!