Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real ~ A Costume Party


We had the opportunity to go to a costume party that was being hosted by a local homeschool group. We looked through all of our dress up clothes and the girls came up with these pretty outfits.  Tom Sawyer managed to avoid my camera during the entire event.  He is such a stinker sometimes :-).  I caught him later on the sofa.  He wore his skull shirt, black pants and carried a grim reaper scythe. He really looks like I surprised him in this photo, huh?


I was really happy to check this group out.  They run a co-op that meets for a few hours one day a week.  I may consider them next year.  I was really happy to see that the group was very food allergy conscious.  Not only were there grain-free, vegan cupcakes at the bake sale, but the cake walk had grain- free cup cakes, as well.  It was wonderful to let Tom Sawyer join in with eating items that were safe for him.

There was lots of wholesome fun.  The kids did a cake walk, made a scarecrow, played ring toss, stuck their hands in mystery boxes, did donut on a string, and played for a long time on the playground with some of their friends.


We set up the scarecrow in the front yard.  Boomer found the scarecrow as soon as we let him out.  He sniffed and sniffed at the scarecrow and then sat for it.  I guess he thought that it would give him a treat, because he nudged its hands several times and whined.  Then he would sit again and wait for a treat.  It was sooo funny to watch.  Poor Lady (who is 12 years old and nearly blind) has not noticed the scarecrow yet.


Against my better judgment, I allowed my Goldilocks (who has a severe case of PTSD from pre-adoption experiences) to go through the haunted house at the party.  She really wanted to go, because other kids she knew were going.  I lined up and went through with her.  It was really a tame haunted house but terrified her.  I did not realize to what degree she had been scared until bedtime.  It took her until almost midnight to get to sleep.  I sat on her bedroom floor for a long time last night.  We won't be doing that again for a long time!



  1. I am a youth group leader and know what it is to have nightmares after experiencing scary things. The youth group plans on going to a haunted corn maze though some kids don't want to. I knew I wouldn't be able to bring myself to go through, so I volunteered to sit out with anyone else. I think options like that should be available so you don't have children frightened at the end of what should be a fun experience. So sorry to hear your girl was scared.

  2. I love the costumes. The shirt looks like a cute idea instead of a costume.

  3. Sounds like a mostly fun time. Glad you liked the group and sorry about the fright! Hope she is doing better now! Hugs to both of you!

  4. Amazing that your group had allergy free desserts - great!