October 29, 2012
Saturday we had a Halloween party at our house and invited all the local families, plus Poppy's friends from school, Finn's friends from nursery and William's special needs buddies from the clinic. We had quite a full house! It was a kids' party really, but all the grown-ups came dressed up and enjoyed themselves too. i love Halloween, i think it's such a fun celebration and you can be really creative with all the decorations.
Finn chose a ghostie outfit to wear and spent all week practising his "Boo!" and jumping out on people from behind the door. He was the most excited about the party and requested "spider cakes" (which looked something like those in the photo) and "bat sandwiches" (though in the end we did bat, cat and ghost sandwiches using cookie cutters). We also had jelly with Halloween sweeties in, Halloween 'punch' and other more traditional party food like pizza, sausage rolls and salad. We hid sweeties round the house for the kids to find and put in their collecting buckets and we played 'pass the parcel' and 'musical bats'. We spent ages decorating the house, both outside and inside, and it looked really good when we'd finished. And of course we had plenty of carved pumpkins around the place, which the kids helped me do during the week (though William had a meltdown when a bit of the inside went on his hand).
All in all it was a great party, though lots of work and lots to clean up the next day. But the main thing is that the kids enjoyed themselves, including William who can find parties challenging. And Finn's Halloween obsession is now sated and he has moved onto asking about Christmas (he wants a dinosaur from Santa - "a real one" - which could prove a little tricky. Not quite sure how to explain extinction to a 2-year old......)
Happy Halloween everyone :)