Okay, it’s that time again. Time to get your planner, and review last week’s list. (You can see Week 2 here).
By now your calendar should be filled with fun things to do. Especially this time of year. In fact, you may have already done some of the activities that you booked in your planner. So far, we have gone to a Heritage DayFestival, and to the movies to see Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween. This upcoming weekend will be our busiest as we visit Schramm Farm & Orchards to buy pumpkins, race through the corn maze and go for a hayride, in the evening we will go to Edgewood Borough’s Fall Festival, and the next morning we will attend Zoo Boo, at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. After that we have our own Halloween Party, and trick or treating. Whew!
1. Your party invites should be mailed by now. Are they??
Shopping and Cooking
2. With the menu finalized, finish shopping for your nonperishables. Also, begin making and baking any food items that can be frozen ahead of time, such as chili, casseroles, sugar cookies, etc.
3. Finish buying or making any decorations and begin adorning your home. Last year I crocheted a spider web using this Red Heart pattern. We will be using it again.
4. Is your costume bought (or made)? To prevent last minute anxiety of what to dress up as, decide this week and buy/make your costume. Elliot’s first choice of costume was Sonic the Hedgehog, but then he spied “Creeper” p.j.s at Walmart (doubles as a costume), and that’s who he is going to be.
Kayla, Amelia and I are going to be the three Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus.
K has yet to fail us in the costume making arena. She has handsewn a red tutu for her Snow White costume, and painstakingly hand-sewed pom poms on a tee shirt and dressed as a gumball machine. She will be making our costumes this year. I’ve seen mine and she has done a great job converting a prom/bridesmaid dress into the Winnie’s skirt.
4. Are you making or buying favors (or a little of both)? Put together your little goodie bags and hide from the kiddies. (But don’t forget where you’ve hid them…).
Don’t Forget the Table
5. With your theme in mind, purchase the paper plates, cups, napkins, tablecloth, plastic ware. The Dollar Store is a great place to start. But don’t wait too long as they tend to sell out fast of the seasonal goodies.
6. This week, begin cleaning (and decorating) the dining room and living/family rooms. Give the foyer/entry areas a once-over.
Last night, as I cleaned off areas, Kayla decorated. This is our dining room slowly being transformed.