Well, another wildly successful Halloween party is in the books. 30 children attended this year, with thier parents. Some returned from years before and others, we’ve now introduced to some of the joys of celebrating Halloween.
This was the first year that Brian invited his classmates from daycare. Heather chose to invite classmates from her kindy class last year, along with her year one classmates. I had to limit her to 8 children from each class to keep the party from becoming unmanagable.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with lots of fun, a few frights, heaps of good food and drink and excellent company.
Not everyone who was invited was able to attend, which is probably a good thing! It was a bit chaotic at times, and organizing the games with 30 kids was like herding cats. Teresa and I are both moderately wiped out now and our home is in desperate need of carpet cleaning and the terrace needs a good scrubbing. Apart from that, we’re in good shape. We’ve still got a bunch of decorations up, but that’s cool as Halloween night is coming up this Friday.
I think I outdid myself with the party decorations this year. As I do each year, I’d been prowling the shops for Halloween decorations for the past few weeks, adding to our ever growing collection.
I had two major additions to our party experience for this year. First, I built a Bat Toss game, where you throw balls with bat wings through the mouths of jack-o-lanterns that I painted on a sheet of mdf. That seemed to go over pretty well.
The biggest addition was my idea of turning Heather and Brian’s room into a Haunted House. To accomplish that, I built an entrance into the room in the shape of witches house that I wedged securely into the sliding glass door from the terrace into their room. The room was blacked out and cleared out as much as possible, with Brians bed going up on top of Heathers upper bunk bed. I made a stuffed person sitting on a chair under Heathers bed, complete with a talking skull with light up eyes that I recorded the voice and laughter for. The rest of the room was populated by a myriad of animated or light up Halloween creatures, skulls and the like. Top that off with a sound system running scary sounds and just add children to complete the magic. The kids absolutely loved it and spend a lot of time going in and out of the Haunted House. I think it turned out well and most importantly Heather and Brian loved it too.
Here’s how our place looked just before the guests arrived for our annual Halloween party.
A few minor disappointments and issues led to lessons learned for next years party. Firstly, we need to make sure to put our correct address on the invitiations. I went a little dsylexic on our street address, transposing two numbers. This led to a number of families, all in costume, turning up to an old lady’s house up the road. I’ll need to bring her some flowers or something, to make up for the disturbance I caused to her Sunday afternoon. Thankfully, as I put orange and black balloons out front the people managed to find us regardless.
Another lesson learned is to post a large schedule of events out on the terrace. With all that was going on, I completely forgot about doing bobbing for apples that we were all setup for. Maybe I’ll make an apple pie with the leftovers.
The piñata was too heavily laden with lollies, as it came crashing down early on. Next year, I’ll let all the little ones have a go at the piñata before any of the big kids have at it, aside from Heather.
Heather and Brian had a blast and people are still letting us know what a great time they had, so all the time spent getting ready for it was worth it.
Here are some pics from the day, Enjoy!
Love to all,
Super family! The little guy in his mum’s arms put on his superman costume once he warmed up to the situation.
Vamping it up.
Teresa amazed everyone with her incredible Graveyard birthday cake for Heather. It was yummy and moist too! I had seconds.
Heather and her friend, Gracie.
Pumpkin carving newbies getting into the spirit!
Brian’s friend Chloe with a baby jack-o-lantern.
Heather cheering on our friend, Christian as he takes a swing at the pinata. That’s me in the skeleton costume with him.
Brian having a bash at the pinata with me close by.
Heather has a bash at it.
Group photo time! I went around the house herding everyone out to the group photo. Another lesson learned, next year, make sure that Teresa and Brian are in the picture too! Teresa was helping Brian put his costume back on after going to the toilet. Oops! Sorry you guys! I’ll try to photoshop you two in retrospectively. We had some more people turn up just as we were taking this, too.
Pin the eye on the monster. A perennial favorite.
Teresa leading some of the early arrivers in a Halloween craft project.
Happy Halloween one and all!