Our Boo Bash

I finally gave in…after the middle hooligan had such a fun birthday party at the end of September, the kids kept insisting we should have a Halloween party.  So we did, last weekend.

They each chose four kids from their class to invite.  Fortunately, several of their picks overlapped with siblings, so it was really only 10 families we invited. Of course, those families added up to over 20 kids!

Pumpkins-in-TreeHaunted-Decor

We decorated with pumpkins and bats in the trees, and some haunted houses…all hooligan-made and arranged.Costumes

Costumes were optional, but oh-so-cute!

Acorn-TossBobbing-for-applesBoogo

We played acorn toss, “bobbed” for apples, bowling with gourds, and Boogo (Halloween bingo).  Everyone had so much fun, we never even got around to playing the Pin the Hat on the Witch game or a couple of others I thought we would.

Owl-CookiesParty-Snacks

During the fun and games, we munched on my favorite Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips and Mango Salsa, Pretzel Thins with Raspberry Mustard Dip, and Halloween Party Mix.  I also made my grandma’s Owl Cookies…I used to help with these, and loved them!

For real food, I made big pots of Ridiculously Easy Veggie Chili and copycat Wendy’s Chili, along with Bread Bones to dunk in Hot Cheese Dip and Corndog Muffins.  To make Corndog Muffins (a Pinterest craze), just mix up your favorite cornbread batter. Cut weiners (yes, I said it!) into thirds and place one in each standard muffin cup, which you’ve lined with paper liners. Spoon the cornbread batter over each, and bake as you would corn muffins.

Of course, for the hooligans, the point of any party is to have a pinata. My mom, a former art teacher, assured me making pinatas is fun, rewarding, and very easy.  Which it was. But she forgot to mention time-consuming!  If you decide to make a pinata, allow at least a week before your party, because the layers need to dry for 24 hours. It’s not a lot of hands on time, just drying time. But that’s another blog post, for another day!  Pinata

Pinata-AlmostPinata-Loottreat-bags

The kids made these treat bags from some scrapbooking paper, stamps, and lunch bags.  They were perfect to put pinata loot into, as well as the Monster Slime and Pop Rocks that we gave as game prizes.

We wound up the evening with a campfire and s’mores, made with toasted marshmallows, graham crackers, and, my secret ingredient, Nutella in lieu of chocolate bars. It’s da bomb.

All in all, we had a blast, and I think our guests did, as well. Having a Boo Bash may just have to become an annual tradition, no matter where we’re stationed!

Hope you have a frightfully fun Halloween!

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    • Thanks, Brittany…I was pretty thrilled with how great the pumpkin looked…it hurt my heart, just a little, when those little hooligans smashed into it!

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