Maia has declared this the funnest Halloween ever and I think the rest of us are in agreement.
Here are some photos...
I made these pretzel stick spider web treats (from Mom Endeavors) as an after-school treat for Maia, her friend Marlise, and Daphne. They were very easy to make and I would definitely make them again next Halloween. I used raisinets for the spider bodies with piped chocolate for the legs. I also made some individual chocolate spiders, but I don't know where my brain was, because I gave them all six legs instead of eight. So I guess we had ants on our Halloween table. Ha. Beat that for scariness.
A fun chalkboard activity - fill in the jack-o-lantern faces.
Totally last minute pumpkin carving and decorating in the studio.
Maia and Marlise drawing pumpkin faces.
Scooping out pumpkin guts with an awesome little serrated scraper from one of those cheap plastic pumpkin carving kits. For years I been struggling to scoop out pumpkins with a spoon and to carve pumpkins with a kitchen knife. No more, my friends. I have my little kit from Target and I have to say it is the best. Totally cheap and flimsy, but it really works.
Plus, with the little saws, Maia can carve her own pumpkins. Easily. Or at least she carved one eye before she ran off for her third (but certainly not final!) costume change of the day.
We also combined a couple of fun ideas from my post on pumpkin decorating inspiration: junk drawer jack-o-lanterns (Family Chic) and carrot-nose pumpkins (Martha Stewart). This photo was taken seconds before Daphne took a bite out of the carrot nose, by the way.
Before the trick-or-treating craziness began, we made sure the kids ate some real food. These are jack-o-lantern english muffin pizzas that Harry assembled while I finished Daphne's costume.
Pre trick-or-treating photo of the puppy dog, super girl, and princess.
Up until the last minute I was operating under the assumption that Daphne would be totally fine in whatever costume I put her in (and was planning to just go with something from the dress-up box). It turned out that she had strong opinions on the matter though and really wanted to be a puppy dog. So I added a couple of ears to a hat and sewed a quick tail, both from gray wool leftover from my handbag. It has to be one of the quickest costumes ever (if you don't count the dress-up box).
She loved it. Here's a photo of her with Harry, who dressed up as a geeky businessman (so not him). I kept cracking up whenever I looked at him with those cardboard glasses and pocket protector.
All in all, a very fun Halloween.