Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween 2008

My dad found us some cool t-shirts for our Halloween costumes while he was at Universal Studios in Orlando--the Things 1, 2, 3, and 4 from Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat.

I went to Olivia's class to help with the Halloween Party--thank goodness for online party game ideas! My sister in Idaho and my friend in California said that their kids don't get to celebrate Halloween at school... so I guess we should feel lucky that our kiddos got to dress up and have a party in their classes :).

A few years ago I started making trick-or-treat bags to match the kids' costumes... this year we had some fun Dr. Seuss flair.

We all painted our nails black (not sure if we were going for some kind of goth effect for our Things?).

We made a Bloody Cider Punch (recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray) with apple juice, blood (pomegranate juice), chunks of rotting flesh (frozen cubes of orange juice), frozen eyeballs, and some sparkly (Sprite). It was tasty!

Earlier in the week we tried to make Rachael Ray's "Bloody Ears" recipe... Coleman didn't want the blood (raspberry jam) so we tried to make "Muddy Ears" with caramel sauce and chocolate chips. Unfortunately, I bought phyllo dough instead of puff pastry, and they are not interchangeable (who knew?). They tasted okay when they were warm, but when they cooled off they were hard as a rock. The kids thought they looked cool, so that's all that matters, right?

Our Muddy Ears--not too appetizing...

On Halloween Day we made the Bloody Ears again--this time with puff pastry. These turned out much better even though they weren't as beautiful as Rachael's.
All of the Things are ready to go! Thing 2 took Thing 3 and Thing 4 trick-or-treating while I (Thing 1) handed out candy and prizes. I was expecting big crowds since the weather was nice and because it was a Friday night, but we had a pretty slow night. All the more candy for Thing 1---hooray!

**What were you for Halloween?
**Did you make any spooky treats?


Lula Mae said...

Our night was slow too. We only had about 10 groups stop by. I finally threw the rest of the left-over candy away because I kept eating it.

Your family looks super cute. I love the themes you all do.

KatieM said...

You are such a fun mom, Lisa. I hope to be like that in the future with my kids, except I don't think Henry will love having his nails painted black:)).. How'd you make the Suess bags? I'm interested. Teach me teach me.

the harpers said...

How fun! I love the whole family look. What fun treats too! The kids and I made spider web cup cakes on Friday and it was so fun! Remind me to tell you why you should never leave a 2 year old unattended with black frosting :) I will have to post that picture soon! Great work on Red Ribbon week too. I'm taking notes!!

Kristi said...

I love all the fun activities you do as a family. You are a great resource for the "idea-challenged" like me. I love your costumes!! Too cute! I'm glad you had a great time.

RyanH said...

I was Thing 2 of course! And yes... giggle away Lisa is Thing 1 in our house :)

Kristy said...

I love the costumes!! The recipes look fun too.We will see you Thursday!

Janene said...

Groooooossss! The bloody ears are great, I especially like how the chocolate ones look.

What was I for Halloween? Just a boring parent. :o) My treats weren't spooky, thanks for that caramel recipe, it's a winner.

Anonymous said...

That's an awesome idea for costumes. You are so creative. I didn't dress up sadly, but I do hear I'm the coolest mom on the block for my halloween party! Or at least I got points for that one.