Sunday, November 2, 2008

Knotts Camp Spooky and Halloween Photos

We had a great Halloween. We went to Knott's Berry Farm with the kids on Thursday. We were shocked we were still able to make it. My mom had gotten out of the hospital that morning and we went straight to Knott's. She couldn't bare Javi's disappointment, so she trucked on and we went for a few hours. It was the perfect amount of time there, since it wasn't crowded at all. It was decorated for the night time event "Haunt" so it still felt like we were there for Halloween. We had bought tickets over the summer time and they expired on Halloween, so we thought we'd at least go for a little while, rather than waste the tickets. We had a great time. My mom got to ride a few rides with the kids too, but she mostly let me take Javi on rides. Ethan wasn't that interested in riding that day. We did get to ride the two different trains they have, which Ethan was thrilled about. The park closed early to the regular patrons, so they could get ready for the night time event. We stayed until it closed until 5:30, then we had dinner at the chicken restaurant there, which is one of our favs.

We had family over for Halloween.  We had Javi's Nana, Aitona (Javi's Grandparents), Acho and Brianne (Javi's dad and stepmom), and Javi's Aunt and cousin Analia.  We are still very close to them and celebrate many of our holidays and birthdays together.  

We served chili with a topping bar, corn bread, hot apple cider and cocoa at the party. We have had the fam over every year for the last three years. The kids, including Javi's cousin Analia (flamenco dancer), go trick or treating with the fam while I stay behind and pass out candy.  

The aftermath, empty Chili crockpot and the empty topping bar which included two kinds of Cheez-it's, Fritos, shredded cheese, green onion, and sour cream.

Hot beverage bar with Javi and Ethan's pumpkins.

It was fun. I always get way in to Halloween. It was nice to have the fam over too. The chili was demolished, so I assume everyone enjoyed it. I made a crock pot full and there was nothing left.

We decorated with foyer as a zombie meat market. I got the inspiration from our trip to Sea Scare. I was the zombie butcher. I actually forgot to take a pic of the set up, but we had our dinning room table as a gurney with a "body" which consisted of blankets covered by a "hospital green" sheet, with just a foot hanging out. I had my butcher block all set up with a hand, and a head that we affectionately called "Bob". The boys and I also made "brains" out of macaroni and a corn syrup, food coloring, water and cornstarch. I kept eating pieces of it to gross the kids out. I gave them a choice between candy and brains. Had a couple takers on brains :) We called it the "Whole Body Foods Market" our slogan "Fresh Flesh for your Family".  

Wish I had gotten a pic of the set up, but you get the idea.


Monica, James, Connor McGuire said...

Wow! You really did go all out...looks like tons of fun though. I bet the chili was delish. We're actually doing a chili night this coming weekend for hubby's b~day...reading about yours reminded me of things that i forgot to get at the store. Loved the great costumes!

baby trevor's mommy said...

Girl...where do you find the energy!? I would totally be Halloweening at your place if you were closer! And I'm suddenly craving chili! Yum!


~Mama Skates~ said...

how cool! u amaze me - not sure how u do it all!!! love the pics - looks like u guys had a FAB time!

winspears said...

Way to fun! We have to do knotts one boys would love it!

Shanna Grimes said...

Blushing, ladies :) For Halloween, I make time. Only comes once a year and it's my fav, so we gotta have fun with it.