One tradition that I won’t ever stop with my kids is our tradition of having a Halloween party the week of Halloween.
I started doing it when Maria was pretty little, maybe 3 or 4. It was a really great way for us to keep in touch with friends who we didn’t see on a regular basis. I got to hang out with friends I had a hard time getting together with. And any excuse to throw a party is legit.
The whole week before, the kids and I slowly decorate the house. JoAnns is usually a good place to hit up because by October 20th or so, their Halloween decor is 70% off which is always wonderful.
[my favorite ‘portrait’ in our house. Uncommon Goods had this in their catalog and you send in your picture, pick what animal you want to be, and they contractwith an artist to create this. it’s hysterical. I’m a freaking pregnant deer!!!]
We decorate as many nooks and crannies in our house that we can find until it looks like the Great Pumpkin threw up all over our house.
Here’s the thing: I believe in parents having a good time at kids’ parties. If that means eating delicious food, that’s what it means. If it means drinking alcohol, let me provide it. I try to have enough things at my kids’ parties so that adults don’t dread coming. For Halloween, I had a variety of adult-approved yummies.
(we had several guests bring us bottles of wine. hostess gifts are the best!)
Killing 2 birds with 1 stone: Danger Tape. Because 1) it’s awesome decor. 2) I have 5 loads of laundry behind that door that no one needs to see.
Have you tried the cookies and cream boxed cookie mix? It’s wonderfully delicious.
Little ones (like Charlotte and her friends) sometimes need activities. And the easiest activity is coloring.
I dressed as a zombie flapper. Alice thought I looked awesome:
At our parties, we only eat organic and healthy foods.
hahahahahhahahahahha I kid, I kid.
We had so many kids in our house that it was difficult to move. In every room, there’d be 5 or 6 kids playing, running, screaming, eating, jumping, playing video games, reading, wrestling….you name it.
Yeah, I’ll totally cheers to that. Like a BOSS.
Maria spent a whole lotta time bobbing for apples. She’s a mess and 1/2 in this picture.
Sweet Baby Evelyn came, too. Her first Halloween party. (I actually don’t know if it was or not, but I’m flattering myself by taking the honor of giving her many “firsts.” Like pumpkin pictures. Halloween parties. )
And because I can’t leave a kitchen mess at all and Dan knows this and doesn’t try and change this about me (one of the many reasons I love Dan is because he tries really hard to understand and accept my obsessive compulsive behaviors and that’s not always easy) he helped me clean until my kitchen looked like this:
My kids had such a great time. They had been SO looking forward to it. I wish I could have invited everyone from each of their classes + all of our “outside school” friends, but I’m afraid our house isn’t big enough. But I’m so happy we invited those we did. I’m an anxious person, especially when it comes to socializing. I don’t like people feeling left out but I also don’t want to come off as someone who is begging to be the cool girl and be friends with people. I went out of my comfort zone and invited people who I’m not great friends with but who I really admire and look up to and I’m so glad I did. It’s really easy to be friends on Instagram or Facebook or to say, “Hi,” every morning at school drop off. But it takes more of an effort to have an actual conversation. Face to face. Without stuttering and blabbering (if you don’t know this about me, I stutter and carry on conversations when I’m nervous). Hey, Suzanne, I don’t think I stuttered once, even though I was super nervous to be an “IRL” friend. Chrissy, your brownies were effing bomb, but I already knew they would be. You and Scott aren’t too bad yourselves. Jenny, Ezra’s hysterical and you’re one of the easiest people to be around. Rainy and Chase, you 2 are the most fun parents ever. I’ve sucked you all in to my ridiculous parties, and I’m forcing the friendship, so get ready for more.
And everyone else, thank you! You make our lives happy and exciting and give us 100 reasons to throw parties. Because it’s really not a party without our favorites present.