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.