But that meant that, for the kids, it was a million times more fun! And fortunately, I had tons of people sign up to help, so it really wasn't that bad. Still, I'm glad it's over.
The activities we had were:
Balloon Ball Pit (We filled up a small room with balloons and hid the treat bucket amongst them, so that kids had to crawl and wade through the balloons to get to the treats.)
A Candy Walk (Like a cake walk, but with candy)
Pin the nose on the Pumpkin
A Spiderweb Room (idea taken from the blog of one of my many genius cousins)
Making glow-in-the-dark bracelets for Halloween
A chutes-and-ladders style game where the kids were the "pieces"
Fishing for Treats
A coloring table
A cardboard box maze
The kids seemed to have fun. We kept Dot up about an hour and a half past her bedtime by the time it was all cleaned up, but she was still so wired we could hear her talking in her crib for another half hour after we put her down. And we only gave her two tiny pieces of candy!
She's gotten pretty persnickety about when she'll cooperate with picture taking. I kept not pushing the issue, thinking I'd have another chance to take a good picture of her, and then lo and behold it's November 1st and I have NO PICTURES of her wearing both pieces of her costume and looking at the camera at the same time.
So this one (from Walmart's produce aisle! CLASSY) will have to do. Maybe I'll get up the energy sometime this week to put her in it again and get some nice pictures outside.
The costume is a repeat from last year and it's STILL kind of big. So I think I have a couple more years still in that thing! Hurray! Given how long it took me to make, it had BETTER last.
Next year I may dig out the pattern and get around to actually make the matching hat it's supposed to have. Instead, this year I took a cardboard ring (that had originally been used in the packaging for a new set of pots and pans I got for Christmas) and used fabric glue and masking tape to attach a scrap of fabric around it. The ring is too small to stay on her head, so I cut a buttonhole in the top and then pulled her ponytail through it and secured it with a flower clip. (Halloween, the mother of invention.)