This weekend we hosted our third annual Halloween event, the “Wicked Woods.” We hosted a festive group of 40, although the highlight of the party was the trail event for 16 kids aged 6 months to 11 years.
The work began October 1st, when I made the trek down to the basement to pull out all the decorations. Then, it was off to our wooded hillside, to cut a path for the trick or treat trail. During the eight hour task, I felt like I was on a trail building crew with the National Park Service or Sierra Club, moving fallen logs and whacking away at the undergrowth. It’s actually a nice change of pace from my desk job, especially if the weather is pleasant and I can fit it comfortably into my work schedule.
Family and friends did a spooktacular job as always in building out the eats and sweets but the biggest thank you this year goes to Mother Nature. After a week of some rain and freezing temps at night AND more rain and crazy wind on Sunday, we scored on picking Saturday, which was 70 degrees and without wind or rain. It’s worth mentioning that the party date is often set nine months to a year in advance to avoid conflicting with a multitude of October events. So thank you, Mother Nature!
To see pics and details from the first two events, click on year one and year two. Putting together your own yard event or treat buckets for an upcoming event? Check out the list of goodies on my sweet and neat treats post.
The dessert table
In the foreground: jello petri dishes with gummy worms and frogs, found at Target.
Love at first bite? Suckulent vampire cupcakes!
Happy Owloween cookies
Nutter butter cookies save the day: spiders above and ghosts below.
You’ll never look at a graham cracker the same way again!
These spirit-raising self adhesive labels from Party City work perfectly on two liters of soda or large wine bottles.
Homemade spider cider, thanks to an ice mold from Michaels.
Rest in Pieces: Fingers, ears and eyes from the body parts platter available at Walgreens.
Festive tortilla chips from Meijer.
Not pictured: corrosive chili, cornbread bones, witch fingers (bread sticks) and yummy mummies (dough wrapped wieners).
My favorite find from last year’s post Halloween sales at the pop-up Halloween stores: cocoon man!
A new find at Michaels this year: finger bubbles!