Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Me as Snow White
My family's holiday season kicks off every year with our Halloween tradition.  My folks have a gorgeous old farm house with a great big barn and my Mom hosts our annual Halloween bash each October.  She does an absolutely amazing job of transforming the barn into a wonderland of ghosts, spiders, pumpkins and bats.

A "Mumkin"

My daughters and their friends all gather to play pumpkin toss, mummy wrap, and Halloween charades.  There are three legged races and pin the eye on the monster and then they stuff themselves with pizza, cupcakes, cookies and hot cider. 


When the evening winds down and the little ones have gone home, my oldest daughter and her girlfriends head up to the third floor of my parent's house which is rumored to be haunted by Ada, the widow of Ben Downing.  Ben was a good friend of the author, Jack London, who stayed in the home with them for a while and would go on to write "Call of the Wild" and base the main character on Ben.  The story goes she died in the house waiting for Ben to return from the Yukon and has haunted the third floor ever since.  She's pretty mild and generally just tosses guests out of their beds and knocks photos off the walls ;)  The girls watch scary movies, tell ghost stories, and really don't get much "slumbering" in at all.

It's a wonderful tradition and one we look forward to every year!

Me and my Girls

Cute little pumkins..Watch out, they bite!
The Pumpkin Toss
The prize table

I leave you with what is, quite possibly, my favorite video ever.  My youngest daughter, Riley, decided she wanted to be an owl last year..80 hand sewn felt feathers later, she bore a remarkable resemblance to one.  This is her...shaking her tail feathers ;)

Hugs and Smooches,


  1. You make a great Snow White! Love the costume, sounds like a wonderful day. The kiddos are cute too!

  2. Awwwww next year I wanna come! That sounds like so much fun! LOL! :)

  3. D, I swear, that dancing owl could go viral so easily! ADORABLE :-D

  4. How wonderful! you are the perfect Snow white and it looks like your girls had a great time, too!


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