Phew. I am so glad to be done. It was a very, very busy day full of surprises and treats. I even managed to keep them busy for almost 6 hours!! (With a couple of little breaks in between) Now they are resting or lying some where in diabetic sugar shock and I'm enjoying the peace and quiet.
Are you ready for the pictures??
Alright, here we go.
So we started off with a little Halloween craft.
Fun foam pumpkin magnets. You got to pick the faces and glue them on.
Somebody liked the glue better than the craft.
Here are Hunter's.
Even this little momma did some too.
When we were all done I told them to clean up and throw away the extra pieces that we didn't need anymore, and while my back was turned, I caught Lily out of the corner of my eye quietly stuffing the left over fun foam in her purse. She's definitely her father's daughter, can't stand to throw anything out.
Next up was my favorite part of the day. Cheese ball pumpkins.
They were so yummy!! I got the recipe from here, but I halved it.
Pumpkin Cheese Balls
- 1 brick cream cheese; softened
- 1/2 package of ranch dressing mix
- 1/2 cup grated cheese
- 1/2 cup crushed cheese crackers
- green pepper and green onion for garnish
- crackers, veggies etc. to dip
Blend together cream cheese, ranch dressing and cheese. Crush the cheese crackers. Roll scooped balls of the cream cheese mixture into the crushed crumbs. Garnish with pepper and onion. Use crackers etc to dip. YUMMY!!
I must say, I ate my whole pumpkin, and then later, I ate the one I was saving for Darren. It was just SO darn good. My favorite thing to dip was definitely the Ritz crackers. The next time I make this, I would "adult" it up a bit, by adding chopped onion and maybe some bacon. Delish.
So we counted those pumpkin balls as our lunch and everyone seemed okay that we had veggies instead of candy. How great is that.
But what kind of mom would I be if we didn't have some dessert with that...
So we made ghost cake balls.
I didn't take any pictures of the process, but you can find the cake ball recipe here. I've made them before for our Bee Movie night. But this time I wanted to try something different. So I made my marshmallow fondant recipe and we cut it into circles and rolled it out thin. Then plopped it on top of the cake pops added some chocolate chip eyes and voila, Ghost Cake Balls.
Hunter looks scared in this picture doesn't he... LOL!
Next we got to our sugar cookies. I used Sherelle's Sugar cookie recipe, since I very rarely make them I didn't have a recipe of my own. I thought hers sounded unique since it used sour cream. Well they didn't disappoint, they were very soft and yummy.
(we decorate them a little bit later on, once they've cooled of course)
So time for our movie. We needed a movie drink so what better than Witches Brew.
Each of the kids had their own glass which we filled with Ghost blood and crushed bones (vanilla pudding) to make the base. Then they went to town adding as much or as little of the ghostly goodies as they wanted.
(Click the picture to see it bigger)
We headed upstairs to watch our Tinker bell Movie, which yes Amanda, Hunter was excited to watch. LOL! Sometimes when you're out numbered by girls, you end up watching way more girl movies than boy movies... maybe that's what happened to David....
The cups were an awesome find from the Dollar Store, they lit up with a button and flashed all sorts of different colors. They were so cute and the kids loved them.
So I caught a moment of sanity when the movie was playing and started to clean up the kitchen, but instead, I chose to put my feet up and then that's when I ate Darren's pumpkin ball.
After the movie, we finished the day off decorating our sugar cookies.
And by some chance, I went into the Living Room and looked out the front window. (something I never do, and I don't know why I did) and wouldn't you know it, but the Missionary's were outside on the sidewalk. So I opened the door and told them we had a mountain of candy and cookies for them to help us eat. So they came in and helped us feast. They didn't even seem to mind the mess.