Maya had no school yesterday or today due to teacher workdays… and I’m actually grateful! A 4-day weekend is just what we needed to recover from a fun Halloween and an emotional Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) yesterday. More on Todos Santos in another post. This one is all about Halloween!
As I write this, the girls are outside taking down all the spooky Halloween decorations. They’re having so much fun with it… but not as much fun as we had putting everything up, though! You may have read my recent post about Backyard Discovery sending me a basket of goodies to decorate our playset? Well…
I’d like to say that the girls helped me decorate, but they just ran around…
A few spooky signs, some caution tape, and lots of spider webs is really all you need to set the mood! The graveyard underneath the fort was fun to put together. I made the tombstones out of cardboard, and my husband spray-painted them with a textured paint. Nice enough to save for next year, too.
I set the table with some dried up flowers, and Maura helped me decorate a couple of pumpkins with Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head parts. This is a great activity for kids too young to carve a pumpkin! Spider rings were scattered across the table, next to a stack of Halloween coloring sheets and crayons (which were hardly touched, as most of the kids were having a blast on the swingset!) Complimentary broomstick parking was available under the slide. 😉
Afterward, the kids had an opportunity to climb in to the fire truck for a photo op.
Even after doing this year after year, it never gets old!
Then we trickled into the backyard for snacks and refreshments. It’s BYOB, and every family brings an appetizer to share. It’s the second year in a row that we make it a NO SWEETS event, which is a genius idea. Kids get enough sugar when they go trick or treating later in the day!