We had our Halloween party last night. The kids had So Much Fun! Sorry some of the pictures are pretty shoddy. When it got dark, it was flash time...
Take one, beautiful Fall day. Insert 2 months of planning, 3 extremely talented and creative friends (who buy a lot of Martha Stewart magazines), and 15 kids. Stir it all up, and Voila!
Our carnival area. We had fishing, a bean bag toss game, and apple bobbing.
Our guests wore some great costumes!
Then we ate:
I didn't get a great picture of the food, but here's the menu:
Mummy fingers (pigs in blankets), chocolate brains (chocolate shortbread cookies), i-balls (meat balls), hot cider, fungus tart, broccoli salad, halloween pumpkin seeds, potato salad, homemade Cracker Jacks, gluten-free witch cupcakes, chocolate frogs, pumpkin mousse, olives, and an assortment of wines and hard ciders.
Fungus tart by Martha Stewart with my little alterations.
Fork and Beans to put a bunch of different fillings inside. Some had marshmallow brains, others had caramel innards, or rice crispy bones, or all-natural maraschino cherry blood!
Aren't these the sweetest?!
A scarecrow craft.
On our walk in the woods, I'm afraid I didn't get many good pictures.
up a sparkly trail (mica flakes work great for this!) to a...
We ended up with story time and a pumpkin contest! I was so pleased that all the kids dictated their own pumpkins! We had some super cute ones!
Speaking of super cute punkins...
Your hosts! (I'm the witch in the purple...)
Throw-it-Together Apple Cider
Start after your guests have begun to arrive.
1 Gallon of good, unfiltered apple juice. I used Cedardale Orchards (Jonamac blend). Martinellis makes a great one, too but I couldn't find it in gallon size this year.
5 or 6 pods of cardamom
1 or 2 Tbs whole cloves
Look all around for whole cinnmon sticks, give up and use a generous shake of ground cinnamon
Put it all in a crock-pot and set it on low. It only gets better as the night goes on!