To start, the costumes:
Somehow Justin still managed to get into costume, though we did his (her) makeup lying flat on the floor on a heating back (see the top of the picture). It was a little disturbing to put makeup on my cheerleader. If nothing else, I was irritated by how freaking long his eyelashes were. How is it possibly fair that the majority of men I know have the longest eyelashes EVER?!
A little while later after more heat to the back, the pretty princess was up on his feet ready to cheer. With me, the football player.
And I'm actually wearing my guy's old football jersey from when he played in high school.
Posing for the camera... or flexing the muscles. I wish I could say he was doing a cheer but I blocked that part out of my memory.
And a shot of Oliver as mario. Justin's mom is in the left of the picture. She dressed as a VERY obsese lady with a shirt that said, "Help, I need a trainer." It was cute.
My neighbor let us borrow their two lifesize skeletons, one of which we put into the bookcase that usually goes to the left of the TV (we just didn't have the shelves in so it was like a coffin). The other life size skeleton greeted people at the front window when they came to the door.
We moved all the furniture so the outside walls to open everything up. And of course, there were spiderwebs all over. Naturally.
A shot from the upstairs loft to the eating area.
Upclose of the bloody mirror.
I made little gravestone cupcakes...
And witches' fingers cookies which were perfect when they went into the oven but came out HUGE. It was a big bloated witch, I guess. To the right were spice cookies.
A pumpkin cake roll... which is AMAZING, by the way. I grew up on this stuff as my mom made it and I absolutely love it. It's great for parties. But the above was my second attempt... the first didn't work out so well as I forgot to grease the pan. Whoops.
And in keeping with the fall foods theme- pumpkin dip with ginger cookies.
A view of the spread- there was all kinds of dips, veggies, cheeses, breads, etc. We also made hot finger foods later in the night which were gobbled up.
A shot of the skeleton candle that when lit "bled" out of the eye. It was pretty weird, actually.
Me with the hippie behind me (aka: Bailey).
The cheerleader delivering jello shots (which one of our friends brought and were SO STRONG). She used absolutely no water in them. I think we had Grey Goose and Tequila shots, they were pretty awesome. What halloween party is complete without jello shots?
My friend Kaylene and I trying the jello shots out to make sure they were safe.