Sunday, October 15, 2017

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN, WEEK 3

Okay, it’s that time again.  Time to get your planner, and review last week’s list.  (You can see Week 2 here). 
Elliot, 2015. How fast they grow!
  
By now your calendar should be filled with fun things to do.  Especially this time of year.  In fact, you may have already done some of the activities that you booked in your planner.  So far, we have gone to the last (for the season) Kid’s Day at Schenley Plaza, visited Schram’s Farm (for apples, pumpkins are today), gone for a nature walk to gather leaves for our painted ghosts, and went to a Fall Festival. Coming up is Zoo Boo, our own Halloween Party, Elliot’s preschool Halloween parade and trick or treating. Whew!

Getting ready:
1.  Your party invites should be mailed by now.  Are they??  

Shopping and Cooking
2.  With the menu finalized, finish shopping for your nonperishables.  Also, begin making and baking any food items that can be frozen ahead of time, such as chili, casseroles, sugar cookies, etc.

Think Decorations
3.  Finish buying or making any decorations and begin adorning your home.  This year I crocheted a spider web using this Red Heart pattern.  

Think Costumes
4.  Is your costume bought (or made)?  To prevent last minute anxiety of what to dress up as, decide this week and buy/make your costume.  At the beginning of the month we picked up Elliot’s “Catboy” costume (doubles as pajamas).  Amelia has a few costumes to choose from including Tuturo or a ghost.  K has yet to fail us in the costume making arena.  She has handsewn a red tutu for her Snow White costume and last year she painstakingly hand-sewed pom poms on a tee shirt and dressed as a gumball machine.  We shall see what this year holds.  I, with Kayla’s assistance in the hair and make-up department am hoping to transform myself into Elsa Lanchester’s Bride of Frankenstein.

Think Favors
5.  Are you making or buying favors (or a little of both)?  Put together your little goodie bags and hide from the kiddies.  (But don’t forget where you’ve hid them…).  K and I found fabulous little milk bottles with straws (which we will fill with Swamp Punch) from Target’s dollar stop.  The kiddies can taken them home after the party.

Don’t Forget the Table
6. With your theme in mind, purchase the paper plates, cups, napkins, tablecloth, plastic ware.  The Dollar Store is a great place to start.  But don’t wait too long as they tend to sell out fast of the seasonal goodies.

The Housecleaning
7. This week, begin cleaning (and decorating) the dining room and living/family rooms.  Give the foyer/entry areas a once-over.  


I apologize for no current photos – the internal battery of my phone camera died.  Makes me so sad.

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