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How Sweet It Is! 
Oct. 31, 2012 12:03 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2012 6:49 pm

I have always enjoyed celebrating Halloween and I have passed that joy on to my children and am now sharing with my grand children and neighborhood friends. This year we had a "Ghouls" Halloween party. Only "Ghouls" were allowed, no boys this time. I let them do some decorating and they started with putting rats shaped cutouts on the front steps. And decorating some pumpkins.

Then they made the "Ghoul Pool" and added some body parts. Oh and they decorated a head with some old curlers I had.

The little Ghouls then made up the table with items from the dollar store and some items from the house and then we made some creepy pizzas. And some not creepy ones.<

The liquid refreshment was Black Halloween Punch but we used a different kind of mixer and it didn't quite turn black, but it look icky all the same and was tasty. Served in a skull glass of course.<

The "Pickled Witches Fingers" looked cool!<

The Caramel Corn Treat Bags recipe that I just put into a large bowl was a huge success! The girls ate a gallon sized bowl in about 10 mins!<

 Dressing up and playing our claw machine and watching a Halloween movie rounded out the festivities.


Girls just want to have fun and how sweet it is.



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Oct. 31, 2012 12:10 pm
Very nice. It looks like the ghouls had a lot of fun.
Oct. 31, 2012 12:11 pm
Deborah, you did absolutely wonderful! You had some really original ideas. Loved the decorations, especially the stairs. I am sure the kids really enjoyed your efforts. ~ Happy Halloween!
Oct. 31, 2012 12:38 pm
Looks like so much fun! I loved the idea of the pickled witch fingers and saved the recipe!
Oct. 31, 2012 12:49 pm
You must have had a hoot putting this altogether.It's wonderful.
Oct. 31, 2012 1:03 pm
Awesome job! Now I wish I had a claw machine :)
Oct. 31, 2012 1:06 pm
How sweet! "Gouls" night out at any age is a wonderful thing!! :)
Oct. 31, 2012 2:02 pm
They're adorable kids! The bowl of dismembered body parts and the sign cracked me up. :o)
Oct. 31, 2012 2:29 pm
Keri, I got that claw machine on a sale for $9.99! and no shipping! The kids love it! Every time we have a few kids in the house, yes, they must play it and the bubble gum machine is very popular. Claw plays music and has blinking lights and drives me up the wall after about 10 repeats! I tell them that the light is better outside and they should do it on the porch! I am constantly restocking it. No problem. I think it might actually help their eye hand coordination? and patience as they will wait in line for a long time to try it. I do not tolerate arguing about it so I set rules of how long each player has and that others may not tell the "player" how to do it.
Oct. 31, 2012 2:31 pm
Baker Bee, I took the pic after a little rain and it made the wood look even older than it is and a little creepy. Happy Halloween to you too!
Oct. 31, 2012 2:33 pm
cheepchick, I bought some of those parts last year after Halloween and the girls jumped at the chance to make a "stew". They hauled the water and sticks and leaves and a package of jello to make the right color. They made the sign themselves and taped it up. They also took turns stirring the brew.
Oct. 31, 2012 2:33 pm
Brings a happy tear to my I. You are very fortunate and it couldn't happen to a better person.
Oct. 31, 2012 2:35 pm
Micky and Manella As I said "Ghouls just want to have fun"!
Oct. 31, 2012 2:37 pm
Bon, you are so kind, ty. I feel I am blessed. My life is anything but sweet most of the time but it does have its moments and this was one of them. I take advantage whenever I can.
Oct. 31, 2012 3:09 pm
Hi ibbz, you've put so much thought and work into something the kids will always remember growing up. Great pics!
Oct. 31, 2012 3:14 pm
Seekery, the girls put much of this onto themselves. That was the thought behind this. Not an adult party for girls but a party for girls by girls, no pressure, only fun. I would like to think it worked. I provided some basic items and they took flight from there. I hope these girls keep this friendship for a long time, just me talking.
Oct. 31, 2012 4:40 pm
Ibbz, that's a good way to do it. I guess I try to orchestrate too much when it comes to things like that. But we always have lots of enjoyment. Glad everyone had fun that's whats important.
Oct. 31, 2012 8:58 pm
Ibbz-looks like everyone had a good time. When your grand children grow up they will always remember what fun they had on holidays with you!
Nov. 1, 2012 5:01 am
Loved the step decoration. Looks like it would be easy to adapt for Christmas--holly leaves, or candy canes or Christmas ornaments. I bet the girls would love to paint them!
Nov. 1, 2012 5:29 am
Bibi, you just gave me a great idea. Have them paint the pics and I'll laminate them so they will hold up with the weather. Maybe a craft date with them and they can make and give as gifts to their families. Porch Art!
Nov. 1, 2012 6:28 am
A Christmas light bulb string would be cute, also!
Nov. 1, 2012 6:29 am
You can cut balsa wood with a box cutter. They have it at most craft stores. Paint and spray with exterior sealant.
Nov. 1, 2012 6:31 am
If you do the little light bulbs, maybe you could cut them out of paint stirrers.
Nov. 1, 2012 9:27 am
It looks like everybody had a blast! I especially like the stair design. Everything reminded me of what it was like to be a kid on Halloween :)
Nov. 1, 2012 4:07 pm
I really wanted this to be a "ghouls night out" kind of things and let the ghouls reign. They had fun playing in the back yard, on the swingset, and climbing the cherry tree and leaving, lord knows what, hanging there as in a bag of small plastic characters that protect the house? Something they saw on TV?. Then letting them have the reigns. I can actually see these 9 yr old girls almost blossom as friends and decorators.
Nov. 2, 2012 9:53 am
Thank you for sharing your grandchildren with us readers who have none. I especially enjoyed your segment on Cooking funny. BTW years and years ago when I (and my children) were young, we lived just "down the road" from you in Winthrop Harbor, Ill. Right on the state line, it is. Two of the 'kids' went to grade school in Kenosha.
Nov. 4, 2012 12:56 pm
Oh Judy, we are roomies, of sorts! Sail into Winthrop Harbor on occasion to do some shopping. OH, these schools do leave something to be desired but I hope they got some good schooling.
Nov. 5, 2012 8:03 am
Thanks to all for letting me brag on my girls here. They aren't angels but pretty darn close.
Nov. 5, 2012 8:37 pm
So cute! What a fun Grandma you are! You really know how to throw a perfect Halloween party :)
Nov. 6, 2012 5:35 am
I try to be a good gramma.
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My name is Deborah, please call me Debbie. I've been married for over 36 years to the same man. We have 2 children (girl and boy) and 2 grand daughters, one from each child. At the moment we have a gecko and a cat as housemates.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking fried chicken in my cast iron pans. Any type of pasta dish is always a happy cooking time. I enjoy cooking fish and shrimp whenever possible. My family also enjoys my cornbread, biscuits, beans and greens, they eat almost every bite, so I know they like them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family insists that I make my "famous" potato salad for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, actually any time is good for them.
My cooking triumphs
A castle cake w/moat for my grand daughter's 7th birthday made of Rice Krispies, frosting and a ton of toppings. It stood over a foot tall with the towers on top. She loved it, that is what matters to me.
My cooking tragedies
I tried making "meat muffins" and the fat from the ground pork overflowed the muffin tin, dripped on stove and caught fire, which in turn caught the meat on fire, which in turn caught the towel that I was holding while trying to get the pan out of the oven on fire, which in turn caught my pants on fire when I dropped it, which in turn burned my hand and arm when I tried to retrieve it, then I had to pay the landlord extra for the burned spot on the tile in the kitchen. I don't make meat muffins any more.
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