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Halloween "Party" On-The-Go 
Nov. 5, 2012 12:52 pm 
Updated: Nov. 6, 2012 8:07 am
My daughters and I planned to go trick-or-treating this year for Halloween, so we decided to skip hosting a Halloween party and have our party on-the-go all day long instead! We started the day by gathering in my room to put on our costumes and make-up. I had found some AWESOME facial temporary tattoos for only $1.00 and my daughters were enthralled with watching me apply them to my face. It took a lot longer than I thought it would, so we decided they wouldn’t wear theirs to school, but we would apply them later that afternoon so they could wear them for trick-or-treating. Here’s what mine looked like:

You can’t see it in this picture, but underneath my bangs there’s a spider web design with roses on either side of it.

The girls didn’t tell me if they got any reactions to their costumes, but I sure got some GREAT reactions to mine. In addition to the face tattoos, makeup, and fangs, I wore a red and black velvet and satin dress and a velvet cloak that I made myself several years ago. The reactions of my coworkers ranged from “You look GREAT!” to “Oh my goodness…I hope I don’t have nightmares tonight!” I also took a batch of Classic Caramel Corn by Karo® with me to work to share with my coworkers.  They all said "You MADE this?!?!"  It's funny how people are so impressed by something that's so simple to make!


After work, I picked up the girls and we headed to my parents’ house so the girls could get their face tattoos applied, then we headed out to gather the loot! We started at my friend’s house, because she told us she gives out full-sized candy bars. What kid can resist a house that gives out full-sized candy bars?!?! Yes…I count myself when I say “what KID” :)

Once we got done visiting for a few minutes with my friend and we all picked out a candy bar (she let ME pick one out, too!), we headed over to a neighborhood where another friend of mine lives.  Last year, the residents of one house had set up an almost professional quality maze called “Evil Clown Circus”, so we wanted to see what they had come up with this year. Sadly, that family moved out sometime in the past year, so we were disappointed that we didn’t get to see another elaborate set-up by them, but we still had a good time. At one house, a life-sized figure of a werewolf was sitting crouched in the driveway. The girls refused to even walk up the driveway, convinced that there was a real person inside that figure and that he was going to jump up and scare them. I teased them, telling them I was NEVER going to take them to Knott’s Berry Farm’s Halloween Haunt (they’ve been begging to go for years) if they couldn’t even be brave enough to walk past this one werewolf dude. Then I said loudly, “Okay…MOMMY will get your candy for you, but YOU’RE not gonna get to have it!” As I was walking past the werewolf dude, I also said I didn’t even care if he jumped up and scared me. After I was past him, he jumped up and chased my daughters down the street! I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks.  I called after my daughters, telling them it was their own fault because they had made such a big deal out of being scared. If they had just walked past them, he would have jumped up and growled, but that’s it. By that time, they were laughing while telling me how mean I was. That moment was probably the highlight of our entire evening, and we talked about it several times during the rest of the night.

After we were tired out from trick-or-treating, we decided it was probably a good idea to treat our tummies to some kind of food other than candy. Chipotle restaurants were having a really great promotion that night where anyone who showed up in costume could get one of their regular menu items (a burrito, salad, bowl, or order of tacos) for only $2.00!! We had an awesome dinner while giggling over the fun we’d had trick-or-treating and admiring other customers’ costumes. One lady had gotten really creative with very little money. She had printed out over-sized versions of the Jelly Belly logo and attached them to a giant clear trash bag. Then she cut out leg and arm holes, stepped into the bag, and filled it with multi-colored balloons. She tied the whole thing up around her neck with a pretty silver ribbon that looked like a fancy twisty-tie and voila! She was a bag of Jelly Belly Beans!

After we finished our dinner, we decided we’d had enough partying for the day, so we headed home. I took the time to remove my makeup and temporary tattoos before going to bed, but the girls elected to just crash while still wearing theirs and removed them in the morning instead. I went to bed that night happy, knowing my kids and I had enjoyed yet another awesome Halloween together. All in all, I can’t imagine a “real” Halloween party being any more fun than our day of partying “on-the-go” was!

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Nov. 5, 2012 1:22 pm
Sounds like you all had a great time...looks like maybe you need your teeth floated...maybe next time the vet comes to check out the Clydes? :D
Nov. 5, 2012 4:14 pm
LOL petey! Yes, I'll be sure to ask him about that!
Nov. 5, 2012 8:23 pm
Your girls are lucky to have such a fun mom! You looked great Keri!
Nov. 6, 2012 8:07 am
Fun, fun, fun! Family fun is the best, right? Thanks for sharing yours Keri.
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I have loved cooking since I was a young girl helping my mother make dinner or bake cookies during school vacations. My favorite class in elementary school was "Nutrition", because we cooked almost every day. I have two daughters who love cooking and baking as much as I do and my husband is even getting interested. He recently started making bread from scratch and he's doing an awesome job of it! We share our home with pets of all different kinds, including birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, a rat, snakes, frogs, a tarantula, and a turtle. We also provide foster care for a local dog rescue, taking in abused, neglected, abandoned dogs and giving them a safe, loving environment to live in until they find their "fur-ever" homes.
My favorite things to cook
Rosemary garlic roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy; Skillet cabbage; Almost any baked goods; Anything I can make in my slow cooker! Somewhere around September 2008 I decided I was going to start baking all the bread my children and I eat. I'm COMPLETELy loving it and my kids like to brag that "my mommy MADE this bread!" Their favorite is when I make bread items that aren't your traditional loaf of bread, like hamburger buns, bagels, and soft pretzels.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For several generations, my father's family has made a "family tradition" dessert item at each major holiday. At Easter, it's Italian Cheesecake, made with ricotta cheese and anise flavoring (published as "Italian Cheesecake II", if you'd like to check it out). At Thanksgiving, it's "Roly Polies", which were invented by my great grandmother when she had leftover pie crust dough she needed to use up. My absolute favorite, though, is Christmas, when we make Birds Nests. These are made out of walnut-sized balls of a sweet pie crust type dough rolled out very thin. Then we cut slits in the dough without cutting through the edge, gather every other strip, twist them up into a jumble, and then deep fry the pastries. When they are cooled, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It doesn't matter how many we make, they all get eaten!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to make decorated sugar cookies for Christmas 2008 that turned out awesome!! I've NEVER gotten sugar cookies to turn out good looking enough to warrant decorating them. They always turn into shapeless blobs. This particular time I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe by 25% and chilled the cut-outs for 15 minutes immediately before baking them. They turned out beautiful!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making Fairy Food candy (also called seafoam candy) was a disaster! I tried cooking it too quickly over too high of heat, so it burned, smelling up the entire house for DAYS. Thank goodness I still had enough ingredients (and courage!) to try again, and everyone at my family's Christmas gathering was impressed with my second attempt. I conveniently "forgot" to tell them about the first batch :-)
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