NL is all decked out and ready to inspire.
First, let's take a look at a couple amazing Halloween parties from the past.
My 4th Grade Halloween Party!
The last Halloween party I threw was back in 1990! I was soooo excited about it! I had a whole notebook dedicated to it. My sister and one of my best friends, Jenny Rose, were my big assistants. We had big plans of a haunted house, a fortune teller, bobbing for apples, and all sorts of Halloween goodies. I know I took a long time making the invitations on "The Print Shop." Does anyone remember that old Apple program? The invitations were amazing (if you consider super pixelated, computer paper folded into quarters and hand colored amazing, that is).
|1990s computer image from here|
The party ended up being lots of fun but it didn't turn out exactly as we had hoped. 75% of the people invited decided they wanted to be in on the haunted house. So, we ended up having a very well-manned haunted house with only about 1 person to be blown away by how scary it was.
The other change was the no shorts in 30 degree weather rule. Kelly told fortunes (dressed up in a fancy fortune teller outfit). Little miss Jenny Rose was supposed to hide under the table and "slime" everyone's legs with gooey stuff. Yep, this is what 4th graders think need to happen at a Halloween party. The goo got thrown out when everyone showed up with legs covered.
Here are a few photos of the big event.
|Hey Christina, XYZ your ENORMOUS zipper!|
R&M's All Out Halloween Party
My friends, Rob and Morgan, used to throw some amazing Halloween parties. They went crazy changing out every thing in their house (much like my mom) to something more festive. The outside of their house looked like The Addams Family's house. All of the food and drinks were Halloween themed. A good time was had by all!
|Here is a glimpse of their crazy decorations. Here is a sneak peak of one of Scott's past Halloween costumes. I have a post about some other funny ones coming up soon.|
As I said here, I am not a big holiday or seasonal decorator. But I am starting to understand why some people are! There are some really neat decorations out there. If you have the time you could go wild!
Without further ado... let's take a look at some great DIY Halloween decorations.
|So easy and so effective!|
|I love a smiley pumpkin!|
|Spider webs made of cheese cloth. Clever and spooooky!|
|This is a fun way to display favors. The cats and pumpkins are neat but sheesh they look time consuming.|
|bat garland! that looks fun to make!|
|Put faces on orange balloons. yes please!|
|Fancied up old school fan-type decorations. sneaky|
|mmmmm. I like decorations that I get to eat later!|
|tin cans with some colorful Halloween-themed paper to hold treats. magnificent!|
|Make your mini pumpkins scary!|
Next week, we will take a little look-see at some neat Halloween food.
And........ The Would You Rather (WYR) of the day!
WYR... Turn into Bea Arthur once every 3 hours for 15 minutes (only looks-wise; during her golden girls era, obviously)
or Never be able to eat or drink again (all of your food and water comes in 3 huge pills per day).
Image sources: Bat mobile, Cheesecloth Spiderwebs, Treat Tree, Bat Garland, Pumpkin Balloons, Animal Faces, Candy Corn Votives, Covered Cans, Spider Pumpkin, Superhero Pumpkin