Halloween 2016 Recap

I was going to try to combine our Halloween Recap and Brynlee’s Rainbow Dash costume into one post, but it was getting too long, so check back tomorrow for all the details on how I made her costume.

I love, love, love Halloween! All the costumes, decorations and fun things you can do with food makes it all so much fun, especially now that we have Brynlee. Having kids to celebrate the holidays with truly does bring back all the magic I remember as a kid and this year we really celebrated Halloween! We visited 2 Pumpkin Patches (Mortimer Farms and Vertuccio Farms). Brynlee has a Halloween Party at school where they went trick or treating, decorated cookies and made Halloween crafts. Then she got to dress up dance and pass out her Halloween treats there. We also went the The Phoenix Zoo’s Howl-o-ween, where she got to trick or treat again. We carved and painted pumpkins. And we finished off our celebration on Halloween by making sugar cookies, chili and cornbread muffins before heading out to trick or treat. It was a perfect Halloween and we had so much fun!


The kids all really loved Howl-o-ween, but it was super crowded, took us over an hour to get in (crazy lines not only to get into the zoo, but also just to get into the parking lot). If you go, I would recommend getting there really early!


Much like the Zoo Lights, the whole Zoo was lit up, it was beautiful and Brynlee couldn’t resist getting a picture with these cute bunnies.


More long lines while trick or treating.


But Brynlee loved every minute of it and made out with quite a bit of candy.


They also had a huge tent set up with carnival like games inside that the kids loved playing.


They won prizes for each game they played, candy, bracelets or books about animals.


It was really hard to get Brynlee out of this tent.


They also had characters picture stations set up around the zoo.


Moon the Mermaid was Brynlee’s favorite! As soon as she found out there was a mermaid there that was all she could talk about. Moon even gave her a blue jewel to match her Rainbow Dash costume and she couldn’t have been more excited!


On Sunday, we carved and painted pumpkins. Brynlee made her cat pumpkin from the kit I picked up in the Target dollar bins and loves to “play” with it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found that thing on the ground mixed with her other toys.



And of course she had to paint a cat face on her pumpkin. By the way our fitted tablecloth worked perfectly for carving/painting pumpkins! Clean up was so easy and we were never concerned about it slipping! Get the tutorial here.


Normally I stick to free handing a jack-o-lantern face on my pumpkin, but when we saw these paper patterns we knew Brynlee would love it. She was so excited the first time she saw them lit up and wanted to show all of our trick or treaters our pumpkins.


On Halloween, we decided to make sugar cookies to pass the time until we could go trick or treating.


I love baking with Brynlee and she is getting to be quite the cookie decorator.


Finally it was time to get ready to go, but not before we snapped a few pics of our cute little Rainbow Dash.


I wasn’t planning on dressing up, but Brynlee kept asking me what I was going to be, so earlier in the day while at Target I snagged this witch hat for a couple of dollars, paired it with a black maxi dress, black statement necklace and red lips. It made her so happy when I walked out as a witch, so it was all worth it!


Off to trick or treat!


Brynlee really came out of her shell this Halloween! b26

She loved running up to the door, ringing the doorbell and saying trick or treat!


Since we took Brynlee earlier in the evening, we still made it back in plenty of time to pass out candy to the trick or treaters that came by our house. I got Brynlee with the flash in this picture, but her favorite thing to do is pass out candy and make our Skeleton bowl talk and surprise unsuspecting trick or treaters. She thinks its hilarious!

I hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween too!

xo, Cassidi


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