Sunday, September 29, 2019

Our Annual Countdown To Halloween (And Our Annual Halloween Party)! plus a free printable!

September kicks off my favorite time of the year and October is no exception.  Every year we try to pack in so much into these next few months.  For us, it's all about the memories. . . and the countdowns.  I couldn't survive without my countdowns, they keep me focused and on schedule.  So, without further adieu, let me introduce you to our Halloween Countdown.

Are you in?  Grab your planner or a notebook, it’s time to countdown to Halloween 2019!   
This year Halloween falls on a Thursday. Our Borough usually celebrates on the exact day so I will be rushing home from work to help with costumes, and filling bowls with candy.  

This week will be the busiest in the planning stage, so let’s get started.

1. Begin thinking about what Halloween events you will be attending this year.  Mark them on your calendar.  We always go pumpkin picking and to Zoo Boo. This year K and Carl, along with Tina and Jayme will be going to Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood Park. And of course, there is our annual Halloween Party and Trick or Treating.   Fill up that calendar for fun things to do.

2. If you are hosting a Halloween Party:

Choose your time and date: Pick your date far enough in advance so that invites can be mailed at least two weeks before the party.

Write out the Guest List:   Once you have your guest list written, decide if you are making or purchasing the invites.  If making, gather your supplies and get busy.  

Pick a Theme: This party is actually hosted by my Granddaughter, Kayla.  I just provide a little monetary donation and help with the cooking and cleaning.  I'm not sure what this year's theme is, but I have seen lovely potion bottles, spiders and purple garland being gathered.

Make the Menu: Now’s a good time to decide on what you will serve so that you can begin picking up ingredients and maybe even cooking and freezing a few of the dishes.  I personally love reading cookbooks and writing out menus.  However, Kayla is hosting this little shindig, so we will be collaborating.  I’ll choose the “real” food menu and she will choose all the gory edibles.

The Decoration List: Making or buying decorations? Go down to the basement or up to the attic, pull out those boxes, throw away the torn or broken (or mend them), choose those items that match your decorating theme.  Make a list of what you have, what you may need to buy or what you will make.

Let’s Play: Will you play games, tell spooky stories, have a coloring contest?? We used to do two things every year.  Bob for apples and have a doughnut eating contest.  We’ve done away with the bobbing for apples – too many little ones.  The doughnuts, sugar and/or frosted, although messy are way more fun.  We tie the doughnuts with string and hang them at different lengths from the ceiling.  The players MUST keep their hands behind their backs as they try to eat these swinging doughnuts.  The first person to eat all theirs is the winner.  OMGosh! This makes for the funniest video footage!!!

The Treat Bags: Everyone loves a goodie.  Visit the Dollar Store, Walmart and/or Target One Dollar Stop for Halloween themed favors.  Tie them up in a treat bag or box.

3. The Housecleaning (no escaping that even if you are Houdini).  Spend the first two weeks cleaning the bedrooms, the front and back porches (don't forget to wipe down the windows) and the yard(s) (we will be raking leaves).  This is a good time to winterize the porches and get the yards ready for the winter storms to come.

Grab your free printable checklist here.

Do you celebrate Halloween? What are some of your favorite memories and traditions?



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