Sunday, November 13, 2011

Halloween Weekend 2011

My Halloween weekend started with a Halloween piano recital for my students. It's honestly my favorite recital in that the kids get to play a spooky, mysterious, or ghostish kind of song for the audience as well as dress up in a costume. I always dress up and this year went as a sailor. Thanks Laurie for getting me this great costume for my birthday. She knows the challenge of finding a good costume that fits and is comfortable.

Later that evening, Mark and I were invited to a neighborhood, couples only, Halloween party with dinner and visiting.  Mark is not a fan of playing dress up and so we came up with a simple solution of taping "Smarties" on his pants.  He went as a Smarty Pants. It worked and people thought it was funny.
On Sunday we invited my mom and dad over to have dinner and carve pumpkins.  They couldn't remember the last time they carved a pumpkin and were really glad to get to do it again.  My mom had no clue about all the pattern options and little tools available to create such cool pumpkin faces.  She said all they had when they were little was huge awkward knives and all they did was a typical Jack-O-Lantern face.  She said no wonder we didn't enjoy it that much.  She definitely wants to do this again, and I agree it was a great evening to just be together and enjoy each other.
My mom made those cute rice-krispy-treat pumpkin faces in the corner.  I thought it was pretty creative and cute of her. 
Dinner was my traditional pumpkin dinner cooked right inside the pumpkin with hamburger, cream of chicken soup, rice, and other seasonings.  It's one of my favorites!  We also had salad with a myriad of toppings.
After we all got our pumpkins carved we put candles in them and lit them and put them outside.  Miles of course had to inspect everything and even tried to blow the candles out.  What a nut!
Happy Halloween 2011


Heatherlyn said...

My kids do a Halloween Group performance every year where they dress up and play a spookie piece. I love it! Halloween is such a fun holiday! It looks like yours went very well this year!

Jenny Lynn said...

Those pumpkins look amazing. Our family could use some carving lessons from yours.

Doran & Jody said...

Looks like tons of fun!!