Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat Smell my Feet...

Cheers!
I love Halloween, when my kids where little I loved making them costumes, decorating the house with pumpkins, working in their classrooms on party day, doing Halloween crafts, going trick or treating and passing out candy.  I loved it when they got back from trick or treating with rosy cheeks and pillowcases laden with candy and they sat in the middle of the living room floor and dumped it all out and started sorting and trading and they knew that Dad got the Peanut M & M's and Mom got the Almond Joys. When I buy my Halloween candy to pass out I still make sure the mix includes both!

Even though my kids are all grown up, I still love all the cute Halloween costume ideas, crafts and fun food for kids on Pinterest (another reason I need grand kids!)  I still love to sit on my porch and pass out Halloween candy, and see all of the kids dressed in their costumes (the really little ones are my favorites).  I usually make a crock pot of chili, and some pumpkin pie or cookies so we can eat a quick dinner and be ready for the trick-or-treaters to start coming by!  My husband is a good sport, his job was always taking the kids trick or treating while I passed out candy but now that they are grown, Halloween really isn't all that exciting for him, I am sure he rather be sitting in his chair reading a good book, but he humors me and grabs a cup of coffee and sits with me on the porch :).  

There are many fun things to see and do this time of year and fun activities that families can enjoy doing together.  My friend has taken her grandson to Skull Island Haunted Halloween for the last several years where kids and their parents are taken by boat to an Island in the middle of Pontiac Lake and are able to traverse haunted trails, visit dead man's cave, and play games with prizes. It also has a bonfire for parents to enjoy! Also many church's, schools and community centers offer activities and things for kids to participate in, like "trunk or treat" where kids can go from car to car in a safe environment to beg for candy.  And for the older kids and teens there are always the many Haunted House's, Hayrides, and Corn Maze's. Whatever your age or your scare level is, it is a great time time to get outside and enjoy the fall weather, just check your local paper, the internet or your areas Chamber of Commerce for activities in your neighborhood!

Last weekend we were exploring the cute little town of Northville and they were getting set up for their Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Street hosted by their Chamber of Commerce.  They had a portion of their main street closed off for the parade and an area for face painting, crafts and games for kids. Local businesses where getting ready to pass out candy to all the little ghosts and goblins.  The town was decorated with 50 themed skeleton sculptures in front of area businesses doing funny things, One of my favorite was in front of the hair dressers with a skeleton in the beauty chair getting a blow dry from another skeleton! Here are a few pictures of the funny skeletons we saw that day...





If you haven't figured out what you are going to be for Halloween, don't fret there are ton's of great ideas for easy costume ideas on the internet!  I found this blog with 39 Last-Minute Costume Ideas, and there is always the stand by white sheet ghost!

These little ones brought a smile to my face this year... how creative is the mouse trap and the lobster in the pot!  But one of my all time favorite simple costume is the homeless kid with the sign that says "will work for candy,"  I think I might try that one out this year and beg at a few houses in my neighborhood!




If you are in our neck of the woods this Halloween night, make sure you stop by and say hello, we always have warm coffee, a bowl full of candy and good conversation!

Whatever your plans are for Halloween this year... I hope you have a SPOOKTAKULAR time!

Happy Haunting,
Sandy