The Twelve Days of... Halloween?

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Is it just me, or is Halloween spiraling out of control? I feel like this year we had weeks and week of Halloween --- perhaps this has been going on for some time, and it's just that my kids are older now and can participate in all the Halloween goodness that I'm noticing it? 

In the month of October we attended no less than SIX Halloween dress-up occasions: 

Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village

(Witch costumes)

School Trunk-or-Treat

(Pirate costumes)

Downtown trick-or-treating 

(V: Aurora, E: Sofia the First)

Town Halloween Hoot

(V: Aurora, E: Sofia the First)

School Halloween Party

(V: Anna Coronation, E: Jessie)

Neighborhood Trick-or-treating

(improvised warm outfits)

We also did Disney on Ice: though not technically Halloween, it involved dress up so I think it should sort of count... There were a whole bunch of other local events (like church Trunk-or-Treat and Mall trick-or-treating and a friend's Halloween party) that we were just too tired to attend.... that is to say, the list could have been much longer!

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When I was a kid Halloween was confined to Oct 31st. It's like Halloween realized it needed to step up its game if it was going to compete with Christmas. As for Thanksgiving - what Thanksgiving? It's being squeezed right out! 

Don't get me wrong, I love Halloween. Its my favorite holiday, what with all the costumes and dressing up. But sometimes too much of a good thing is a bad thing, you know? By Oct 31 I was pretty Halloween'ed out. And, it was snowing. 

That's right: SNOWING! 

I don't like sending the girls out in costumes with coats over them (because what's the point of dressing up if no one can see what's under your winter coat?) so we quickly pieced together costumes for warmth. All options of princess costumes pretty much went out the window with the first snowflake (snow, people!)  Fortunately, Eva still fit into Viola's first Halloween costume: a padded, super warm spider outfit. And Viola pieced together a fun orange-and-black ensemble on top of lots of layers, using bits and pieces from last year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party components.

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The girls made it up and down both sides of our street, but didn't feel up to crossing onto the next block. They wrapped up early and spent the rest of the evening handing out candy to the brave (mostly older) kids who were still out risking frostbite.

All-in-all, kinda anticlimactic given all the Halloween lead-up activities, don't you think?

On the bright side, Halloween brought great deals on Princess costumes! Ebay is the best for picking up used costumes right before and after Halloween! I was even able to snag a Limited Edition Snow White costume (which I've been coveting forever!--- review to follow!) and some nice costumes on post-Halloween discount from the DisneyStore.com for our upcoming trip in March! :-) 

I hope all your Halloweens were wonderful (and warmer than ours!)

#throwbackthursday: Halloween Tree

Happy #tbt!  Who's excited for Halloween tomorrow? I AM!

I think this picture is circa the early 90's!  I'm the one in the middle dressed as a tree!  I distinctly remember making that tree costume: gathering real leaves to trace from the maple across the street, cutting them out of felt and sewing them onto an old turtleneck shirt. The stitches were not pretty, but they lasted all night! I even sewed felt leaves to my shoes as if some had fallen to the ground! In retrospect I should have totally made leaf gloves, too... but I made it all by myself! You know, in the days before store-bought costumes! :-)

Special shout-out to Mrs. L who found this picture and shared it with me earlier today! 

Great Pumpkins!

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We've carved our pumpkins!  We're officially ready for Halloween! 

We put "hearts" inside the pumpkins.

We put "hearts" inside the pumpkins.

Eva wanted to sleep with them!

Eva wanted to sleep with them!

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I hope you all have a great weekend: have fun and stay safe!

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Trunk-or-Treat (2014)

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On Wednesday of last week, my coworker mentioned an upcoming Trunk-or-Treat that she was taking her kids to. "Whats a trunk-or treat?" I asked. "You take the kids to a parking lot and folks hand out candy from their cars." she answered.  "Oh."

Then, Thursday afternoon my good friend called to ask whether she could borrow the Frozen decorations we had leftover from last April's Frozen-themed birthday party.  "Sure!" I said, "For what?"  To which she replied, "The kids' school Trunk-or-Treat". 

So, I googled Trunk-or-Treat and can I just say... OMG! People turn their trunks into spooky/fun dioramas and the kids go car-to-car for candy! Adorable! So I pulled my husband over to show him the cute pictures and he mentioned the our daughters' school was having a Trunk-or-Treat on Friday. 24hrs is totally enough time to put together a Trunk-or-Tream plan, right? Totally! 


Pirate Trunk

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We decided to go with a Pirate themed trunk... primarily because I'd just agreed to loan all our Frozen stuff to our friends. ;-)  

The decorations are from our 2013 Pirate & Princesses birthday party, with the addition of a Halloween store skeleton, which I can definitely put to use since we don't have a lot of Halloween decorations (despite Halloween being my favorite holiday!) I had wanted to take the raft that we made as a table for the pirate party, but it wouldn't fit in our car (we really need a friend with a pick up truck!) Regardless, I think we did a pretty good job, considering that 24hrs earlier I had no idea what a Trunk-or-Treat was, right? 

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I didn't really know what to expect. When I brought out the gold chest from the basement my husband teased that ours was going to be overboard, but that wasn't the case at all! I was really blown away by the variety and creativity of the other cars. The kids were free to run around 'unsupervised' in the closed parking lot. It was so much fun! 

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We played our "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" album, and handed out gold chocolate coins to all the kids dressed a pirates and twirlers to everyone else. My husband and I enjoyed practicing our Pirate puns while the girls felt so grown up to be on their own with their friends. Evangeline's favorite part by far was the "hot coffee"--- she thought she was hot stuff with a 'cup like Mommy's'.  (No worries, 'hot coffee' served by an elementary school is actually just tepid hot cocoa).  

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(Oh, and PS, the Pirate decorations only got creepier as the night went on!) :-)

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All-in-all, we had a ton of fun and I can't wait until next year to do it again! 


Frozen Trunk

Here is the trunk our friends put together, as photographed by my friend Adam who is an insanely talented local photographer. (If you're local to the Michigan area, you might check out his services over at Breakfast With Adam).  It was their first time doing a Trunk-or-Treat too, and reported that they also had a blast! They said the kids were lining up to get their pictures taken with the Elsa/Anna cardboard cut out and the homemade Marshmallow was a big hit, too. 

I saved their trunk for the end because it seriously puts our to shame. :-)

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Looking for more inspiration? Check out these awesome trunks made by the other parents! They're amazing!!! Going to have to step up my creativity for next year! 

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