This is Halloween, This is Halloween

Are you drooling yet?

As much as I'd love to take credit for this magazine-worthy display, Shellena is responsible for every edible part of this Halloween feast.  Everything from the Jell-O brain to the homemade, foggy root beer.  Kitchen ninja.  I was just the apprentice.

Before digging in, we "took the kids" trick-or-treating.  If the Tietjens hadn't been visiting I'm not sure we would have gone this year, since Camden is just a baby.  Luckily we had little Story, who was the perfect smokescreen to Roy and I swindling people out of their candy.  :-)

A couple of vampires with a bat, Peter Pan, Hook, and Tinker Bell.

It turned out we didn't need a smokescreen.  The few times I didn't hold out Camden's candy bag to collect, the candy-giver inevitably commented, "What about the baby?"

Yes, yes, my baby with four teeth really needed a Tootsie Roll, thank you.  MUAHAHA!

{Insert picture of me digging through Camden's pail with chocolate smeared all over my face.}

Joking aside... it wasn't about the treats.  In reality, his candy bag was tiny, and we had plenty of sweets at the house.  I just wanted Camden to experience going door-to-door and seeing all the orange lights, glowing jack-o-lanters, and costumed kids running up and down driveways.  Story caught on real quick with the "Trick-or-Treat" part, and was the cutest Tinker Bell you ever saw, running around in her crocheted fairy slippers.

After making a toddler-appropriate candy killing, we went back to the house to party.  Other than the Buckmasters and the Tietjens, we had my parents, my 17-year-old brother, and our new friends... the BLOODS!  Appropriate Halloween guests, don't you think?

Aaron and Ashley Blood are new friends in our neighborhood, who brought some yummy seven layer bean dip with them.  Shortly after they arrived we discovered they had never seen the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus.  Deciding to immediately rectify this tragedy, we watched the movie while we chowed down on mummy hotdogs and pumpkin-shaped pizza.

Whenever trick-or-treaters rang the doorbell, Story jumped up from her plate and ran to divvy out some candy.  One time, mid-candy-dispersal, Story stopped and flipped her hair for this ten-year-old boy dressed as a skeleton.  "You like my hair?"

HA!  I'm pretty sure she made his night.  I'm also pretty sure that Carson and Shellena better look out for that cute little flirt!

That girl loved giving out candy, one little piece at a time, telling each kid, "Happy Halloween!"  But once a group of teenagers came to the door in masks.  I was holding the bucket of candy for Story to pick from, but she looked up at the gangly teens and cried, "No!  No no no!" dropped the candy and ran back into the living room.  Luckily some cute fairies showed up and Story was back to candy-giving.

In all of the activity, Camden got ahold of a small cardboard container of candy.  Apparently even the youngest kids have an innate ability to locate and devour sweets.  {Please notice the candy strewn across the tile.}

 "Best.  Night.  Ever!"

The kids were put to bed before it got too ridiculously late.  And, understandably, once the kids were in bed the grandparents were ready to head out.  After they left we paused Hocus Pocus for an intermission game: Murder in the Dark.

Murder in the Dark can be a terrifying game.  Everyone draws a card without revealing that card to anyone else.  The person who draws the card with an X is the murderer, and everyone else is a citizen {aka, run and hide}.  The lights go out, and I mean out.  We even put tape over the digital clocks on the DVD player and over the stove.  Pitch dark.  Everyone separates, trying to move quietly.  After a few minutes the murderer starts getting people.  When he gets his hands around a citizen's throat they have to sit on the ground {or fall to the ground, depending on how dramatic you want to be} and not talk.  If another citizen locates a "dead body" they can yell "Murder in the Dark!"  The lights go on, and everyone guesses who they think the murderer is.  If they are right, citizen's win and everyone draws again.  If they are wrong... lights go out again.

It is so scary to be creeping around in the dark, hearing footsteps shuffling down the hall and bodies dropping to the floor.  We had several hilarious moments, including when Carson {running away from the murderer} sprinted straight into the back of the couch.  And when Zac ran into a wall.  And when Ashley screamed like someone was really being murdered.  And when Carson thought I was Shellena  O_O.  And when I tripped over Zac's head and bellyflopped onto Roy.

Written out like that I realize we sound like a bunch of twelve-year-old boys, but believe me when I tell you it was the most fun Halloween night of my adult years.  I hope we never grow out of this kind of stuff.

By some miracle, the kids slept through it all.  There was screaming, banging into doors, slamming against walls, lots of out-of-control laugher... but there wasn't a peep from the bedrooms.

We played one game of Mafia, and then finished Hocus Pocus before calling it a night.  Zac and the Bloods went to their homes.  Shellena and I had a slumber party in our bedroom while the guys slept in the living room.

In the morning I woke up to find Roy watching The Nightmare Before Christmas with the kids.  Hence my title.  That song has been stuck in my head for over a week now.


  1. :-D you seem to know how to make everything fun....Cam is tooo cute!

  2. How awesome! The adult costumes are just as great as the kids!