Sunday, October 26, 2008


By now most of you know that every year I give my great niece, Trinity, a Halloween party for her and her friends. This was the 4th annual party. The theme was black and white this year.

So the table was set for all the children. There were thirteen children this year that showed up. Four were unable to make it.

At the table each child was met with their own spider web plate and ghost cup. The napkin and straw were skeletons. They each got a black and white holiday cracker filled with candy and a Tootsie pop sucker ghost. I made both of these.
For lunch we had two kinds of pizza, three kinds of pasta, bread sticks, salad, fruit & veggies with dip. Along with "blood" to drink. OK, so it was punch but the kids liked to call it blood. LOL

We had spider web cupcakes for dessert and each cupcake had it's own spider on it. Scary! The cupcakes were served on a darling black spider web three tier server.

We even had candy bone and skull candy. These taste just like sweet tarts.

As the guest showed up we had everyone stand in front of the "Haunted House" to take a picture.
The back drop was painted by a coworker of one of the mom's. He made it for a school function and I thought it was so cute that I asked to borrow it and was lucky enough to get a yes.
The above picture is the guest of honor, Trinity. She is with her dad, my nephew Jason, who showed up in this crazy mask.

We printed out the photos so each child could take home his/her own photo to remember the day by.

Everyone showed up in costumes. It was fun to see all the kids dressed up.
But, before long, most had some, if not all, of their costumes off.

Each year we do some type of craft project. This year we made bloody fingers in a box.

Look at how Trinity scared her daddy with her bloody finger in a box!

We took little boxes and cut a hole out of the bottom. There was cotton inside and a hole was cut in that also. The finger of the child could be placed in the box and then fake blood was poured on top. The box had a lid that they decorated so it would look like a nice present. Then they would lift the lid off the box and inside would be a bloody finger that was sure to scare whoever opened the box.

The kids seemed to love making these. I made these once when I was a little girl. Only back then we didn't have fake blood so we had to use Ketchup as blood.

We played lots of games too. The winners got prizes. We played "Mummy Wrap".

Each child had to team up with a partner. One child would then wrap the other child with a roll of toilet paper like a mummy. The one who finished first won.

There were many laughs as this game was played.
We also played "pass the ugly pumpkin". The story was The witch turned one of the cute little pumpkins into an ugly one that brought with it bad luck. So as the music played the children, who were sitting in a circle, would pass the "Ugly Pumpkin" to the next person. When the music stopped the child left holding the "Ugly Pumpkin" was left with bad luck and therefore was out. The winner was the last one left.
Then there was "Witches Limbo". We all know how to play limbo right? You hold a stick up and then everyone takes turns bending backwards to fit under the stick. If you fall, your hands touch the ground or you hit the Limbo stick then you are out. The winner is the last one to get out.
Well, Witches Limbo is the same only the stick is two witch brooms tied together.

Then there was Halloween Bingo. Now you think bingo wouldn't be that big of a deal but every year the kids just can't seem to get enough of Halloween Bingo.

Maybe it's because they love to win prizes. Or maybe they are just tired by the time they get to sit down and play. Or maybe it's because rather then numbers they play with fun Halloween pictures, like witches, ghosts and monsters. It could be because the markers are candy corn and they get to eat parts of the game.
I'm not sure. I do know they want to play again and again and again. The only way we got them to stop was to go back outside for the Spider Pinata.
After it was cracked open and the candy came spilling out, only to be picked up by lots of little hands grabbing as fast as they could, the kids were tired, full and ready to go home. Well, maybe the kids weren't ready to go home but the parents were.
So each child was sent on their way with a Witches Cauldron full of goodies, toys and candy. Good byes were said and they were gone for one more year.
Tonight, the little ones will dream of the fun they had today and I, well, I will sleep like a baby as I'm one tired old lady who is ready to hit the sack.


Anonymous said...

Oh, Joanne - I want to come to your Halloween party!!! It looks like so much fun!!! I loved everything - all the b&w decorations - the fantastic painted backdrop and the photos you took of the guests, all the games, the food... Please invite me next year!! ...Donna

Glenda said...

What a wonderful Anutie your are.

When I first saw the #1 picture I thought is was a true black and white picture. You did such a wonderful job on the party.

Trinity is one lucky little girl.


Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Joanne! You are just the coolest Great Aunt I've ever heard of!!!! What a lucky little girl Trinity is! How fun:D You did an awesome job!!

Unknown said...

Your party looks like it was a HIT! You put a lot of work into that and it looks like everyone enjoyed themselves!

Darlene said...

My, my Joanne you have the best-est party around!!! How neat that Trinity has a great Aunt as fabulous as you are!! I LOVE the bloody finger project...that is just toooooo cute and I believe Lexi will LOVE it!

Renee said...

That was such a fun party. Thank you for invited us. The boys can't stop talking about it. Thanks again!!!

Unknown said...

What a sweetheart you are to have such a wonderful party! The kids were having a great time!

Attic Clutter said...

Oh what a darling Halloween party I especially love the table all set in the black and white ..~~!! too cute~~!!
hugs, Patty

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Joanne
Please can we come to the 5th annual Halloween Party?
I just love everything about it. Wow, wow ,wow! The table looks amazing and Trinity is so cute. She is so lucky to have you to party plan for her. Those games Pass the Ugly Pumpkin and Witches Limbo sound great. The bloody finders look very realistic. Your nephew looks really scary in his mask! What a lovely idea to take photos for the kids to take home. Thanks for sharing your wonderful event.

Kim Hardt Originals said...

Looks like alot of fun. Love the finger Idea!!!!



Hi Joanne,
I want to come to your party too!!!
What a fun time and great decorations and goodies. It looks like you are a party planner pro!!:)
Take care Friend:)

Anonymous said...

Joanne - WOW, I love all the black and white. You did a fantastic job, that table is beautiful. Love all your games and the photos in front of the haunted house. Trinity is one lucky girl! ;)

Hugs, Kathi

Tracy said...

Oh my gosh! How cute! What a great job you did decorating and preparing! I bet the kids had so much fun! Well done!!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Joanne you have outdone yourself!! What an adorable party! You have given me so many ideas for when the "Sweetie Girls" are older. Everything is so on theme down to the spider web plates. The cupcakes are so perfect with the little spiders on them. Wes & I laughed when we saw the bloody finger box! We remember doing that as kids with ketchup too! We want to come to the next party!!
Hugs, Sherry

Alexa said...

what great ideas! you should be proud of yourself. Love the b/w theme!