Sunday, November 1, 2009

Back On Track And Halloween Happenings

I don't know if you noticed, but the regularly scheduled cocktail party post was never posted yesterday.  I also have some awards to catch up on.   I apologize.  I will get back on track tomorrow.

We had a lot going on around here.  It was Halloween, of course, and we had a lot to do.  We had pumpkins to carve and some decorating to finish.  My daughter is fighting a bad cold, so she was too sick to go trick or treating.  I added some craft projects to the day's agenda so she could still enjoy a little Halloween fun.

Thanks to the Graphics Fairy, we made some great flying bats.  We printed these awesome bats on cardstock, cut them out and glued them back to back on the end of a piece of fishing line.  We then hung them from the hooks where the hanging baskets hang in the summer.  The wind made them flutter and fly.

We also printed these great vintage letters to make a "Boo" sign.  Again, they are glued back to back on fishing line so they could "dance" in the wind.

Then we used some of my collection of little bottles (I ♥ little bottles) to make scary ingredients and potions.   We printed the labels and glued them on with a glue stick.   We had Powdered Brains, Instant Death, Poison and a bunch of other gross things.  The bottles were filled with colored water, or in the case of Powdered Brains, flour.  We printed up a quick sign and framed it and added some jars with candles.  If there had been more time, we were going to print a book cover that said "Magic Spells" or something like it to put over a book and place on the table.  Oh well, we liked it just like this.

Our pumpkins turned out pretty well.  My son carved "Jack Skellington", Bashful Toast carved "Max" from "Where The Wild Things Are", and Mr. Willoughby carved "Frankenstein".

On the other side of the porch steps were "Skull and Crossbones" which I carved, "Jack Sparrow", also carved by me, "Silly Face" carved by my daughter, and a "Coraline" inspired pumpkin carved by Mr. Willoughby.  You'll notice that some of them don't look very well lit.  Those are the ones we tried to illuminate with glow sticks.  It wasn't very successful.

Here's a closer picture of "Jack Sparrow".   You can see the green light sticks.  Not a great idea for next year, I guess.

The crafts and carving were fun, but my daughter still spent trick or treating time on the couch with her favorite pillow, blanket and her DS. 

My son, who is a little too old for trick or treating, celebrated Halloween by seeing how many glow sticks he could fit in his mouth.  Here he is with one glow stick....

....and here he is with two.  Not much of a difference, just a little brighter.  Yep, we're a fun family!

I hope you had a wonderful and safe Halloween at your house.



Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

I love the BOO sign and the potions table, so creative!! I hope our little one feels better soon :)

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Great craft ideas! I love the table of potions! And all your pumpkins are fun! I really like carving pumpkins...we usually do a bunch, but only managed three this year.

I love the picture of your son. It made me laugh. Something only a boy would do!

Hope your daughter is feeling better soon!

Matty said...

Mix in some of those "spirit's in your house, and I bet it was quite a Halloween there.

Raoulysgirl said...

I hope she feels better soon! We (my sister and I) decided that we did NOT want to take the chance of our children getting a case of H1N1 or bacterial meningitis (which is ALSO going around here) for Halloween, so we had a Pizza Part/movie night for our kids! They also each got a goodie bag full of candy...which we didn't have to comb through (only fill)...and the kids only got the good stuff!!! All in all, it was successful...and they want to do it again next year!!!

Love the potion table!!!

Purple Flowers said...

I love all your decorations, especially the potions table - very creative!! Also, all your jack-o-lanterns are really scary and good ones!!

kys said...

I love your decorations! I hope your daughter feels better soon!

Kathy said...

You all have excellent pumpkin carving skills! It must run in the family! Ahhh, poor daughter, not a great day to be sick. Hope she feels better quickly!

Joanna Jenkins said...

WOW! Your pumpkins are amazing! That takes real talent and lots of patience. Great job.


Rook No. 17 said...

Where did you find those wonderful vintage letters for your BOO sign? Love them!

Deidra said...

Love those magical potions! So much creativity over here!

Christine Forest, M.D. said...

Amazingly creative. You must have had a lot of fun.

elvira pajarola said...

Buongiorno Willoughby....Thank you!

I loved your halloweenwork...!
here in Italy this holiday is every year more "present"; though it doesn't have the Importance as in the states; but the children (and many grown ups) just adore it and let's say: we try to catch up!

Have a wonderful week!!!!!!!
(wonderful little doughter!)

Amy said...

I'm coming to your house for Halloween next year....or at least to make the decorations! Love the bats, they are fantastic! And your pumpkins came out really well! The glow sticks add a nice touch especially when in your son's mouth!
The potions tray is very cool and unique, just love it!
You are a very festive family, that's so cool!

I hope your daughter is feeling better! She is so cute. (and I would love to curl up on the couch with my pillow and blankie, she's gotr the right idea!)

Do you decorate for Turkey Day?!
~ Amy

Holly said...

Fantastic decor! I love it. I am going to steal the dried brain for my potion table next year. The glow sticks are funny!

Holly @ 504 Main

BashfulToast said...

Hey missy!!! You said no pictures!!! There is clearly a photo of my best friend on your blog. Not