Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party

My sister hosted this year's annual family pumpkin carving party 
and really went all out for it.

Our family really loves a fun theme party!

My sister finished an amazing back deck this past summer
and wanted so badly to carve them out there....
but it got very cold and rainy, so indoors it was held!

The upper right one is Ariel the Little Mermaid-
made by my niece Delaney, who looks exactly like Ariel.

The spear one in the middle was carved by my sister whose
son Tony is a Junior at Arizona State - (The Sun Devils.) The cat is by my eldest over-carver Evelyn who is an art school graduate.

The paw print was made by my brother-in-law - it is the logo of
his a.m. Ohio University. The top left many-toothed one was carved by my younger daughter Katie.

The Minion one-eyed one was carved by my older brother Danny,
the one with a football looking mouth at bottom right
was carved by my son-in-law Dan, the Jack Skellington one
middle left is from Nightmare Before Christmas and was done by my eldest niece Darien, and the sweet happy one on lower bottom was done by my youngest niece Reagan.

My husband didn't carve one this year because he had Grandpa Duty!
Here he is "holding" that very heavy pumpkin up that wee
Vivian thought she could lift herself.

I think you all now have established for yourselves that
this tiny 15-month old girl is a very headstrong girl.

Grandpa said she was genius because she kept going up to a long large Trick or Treat sign on the wall pointing to her orange shirt, then to the orange part of the sign....then would point to her black pants, and then back to the black part of the sign.

Oh, that face, that precious sweet face!

Now unfortunately you won't find a Jack O' Lantern carved by me
this year, because I had to stay home due to being sick.

As much as I wanted to be there, getting anyone else sick
as I have been with a nasty deep cough, well, that's just bad.

So our camera was passed around
 and I don't know who took pics-
 it was a family affair!

All the decorations put up by my niece Darien.

(She is their family go-to Holiday Girl Extraordinaire!)

It took the baby some getting used to the scary stuff- 
but once she discovered how delicious Halloween can be,
 she lost all interest in being scared and chose being fed.

Check out these fun festive foods:

Pepper Popper Eyeballs

With cute mummified hot dogs...

Spider-webbed condiments...

I sent sloppy joes, and there was baked
 mac and cheese but no pics of them, 'cuz they're boring.

In my sister's house there is always a nod to some nutrition:

And my sister made some fun Halloween whimsical desserts
such as vampire mouth cookies
and German chocolate cake "brains!"...

And rice krispie treat pumpkins...

My eldest brought a perfect Autumn dessert with apples....
Caramel Apple Bars, which I hear were really delicious, too.

She found her yummy recipe here

But after a fun, full and busy night and past bedtime, 
nothing is more satisfying for a tired baby than a calming bottle....

So another year's pumpkin carving party is now behind us.....
so let the Trick or Treating Begin!

Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly...
the witches on switches across the sky.....


Be safe and watch out for those wee goblins and ghouls!

Hugs and haunts,



  1. Such a fun post, hope you are feeling better.

  2. Great party!Happy Halloween!Love everything!

  3. What a fun, family tradition. The carved pumpkins are all great! Sorry you were sick and had to miss the fun. I hope you're feeling better now. Your little grand-darling is absolutely adorable! Happy Halloween!

  4. Dear Michele hope you are feeling much much better..It is warm out this way windy and warm, no rain, thank the Lord for that..Sending good thoughts so you will feel much much etter..Your Halloween family tradition looked great..Sweet Vivian is a little doll baby, wow whee a cuttee pie! Take good care of yourself, Maryjane Sampson from our tiny town to yours! Ciao mi bellaX()

  5. What fun you all had and those treats are amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE the cat jack o lantern! It's my FAV!!! Happy Halloween my friend!

  6. Got a kick out of your sister's try at adding nutrition to the feast.

  7. I'm sorry to hear that you missed this fun party. I'm glad that your family took photos for you. I enjoyed seeing the cool jack-o-latern designs and themed food. Hope you're feeling better. I caught a cold last month...5 weeks later and I still have an annoying dry cough. Bah!

  8. Looks like a great time! I love that this is a family affair. I'm sorry you had to miss out on the fun this year. I loved seeing sweet little Vivian! What a cutie!

  9. Aww the baby is so adorable.. she is looking so cute with the pumpkin..

  10. Oh Michele this is amazing that you have this tradition. I love all the pumpkins and your granddaughter is so adorable. Sorry you are not feeling great. Hope you feel better soon.

  11. Wow! You guys really go all out...how fun! That is some serious talent behind those carvings and the decorations and food look fabulous! I am so sorry that you were unable to join in on the fun and I hope you are feeling better. Can you even believe it is November?? HUGS!

  12. BUMMER that you were sick and missed all the family tradition fun. The cutest pics of all was that cutie pie granddaughter. HA!! You mean you did not get to sample that delicious looking apple bars? That would have been my favorite thing to eat. PLEASE get the recipe!!!

    Hope you feel better soon.

    Charlotte Moore

  13. How sad that you had to miss the carving party, my friend, but how thoughtful of you to stay home instead of spreading your sickness. Thanks for sharing the carved pumpkins, the decor, the yummy food, and adorable Vivian, your very own little pumpkin. Hope you're getting better! Hugs sent to you on this All Saints Day.

  14. I love all the pictures. Everyone looks like they are having so much fun. I am so sorry you had to miss. Hope you are feeling much better. The food looks amazing. I love it all. My kind of party! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  15. Hi Michele. I hope you are feeling better very soon. I am on the mend. Thank you so much for visiting, commenting, and following! I'm so glad that you did as I found your blog! Very sweet and I am your newest follower too.

  16. Aw, too bad you had to miss all the fun. I'm sorry you're not feeling better. Looks like such a fun party. And that cat pumpkin is pretty amazing. And yes, Vivian looks like she's got some grit in her!! Cutie pie! Be well soon! xo Deborah

  17. I'm so sorry that you missed it, Michele, and I hope that you feel better soon. The photos are wonderful - you have some very creative pumpkin carvers in your family! The food looks so delicious and such cute ideas for Halloween. Love those mummy hotdogs! Vivian is the sweetest little pumpkin of all. Hugs xo Karen

  18. Oh my gosh Vivian is too sweet! Too bad you missed the carving party- I had a cold a month ago and it seemed to hang on. All the pumpkins are amazing. I haven’t carved a pumpkin in a long time! The food looks delicious. I spent yesterday purgingmy halloween deco and organizing what I kept. Now on to Thanksgiving! Get better!!

  19. Everything looks so great ... and that sweet baby!!!! Too bad you had to miss all that fun. Feel better Michele!

  20. Great post and everyone looks like they are having terrific time. Your little Vivian is darling, to cute.

    So sorry your sick, take care of yourself.

    The decorations were amazing and glad that all had fun.


  21. Wow! You have one creative and talented family! I love the pumpkins, but that BABY!!! She's adorable! What a fun party that must have been!


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