"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Monday, October 31, 2011


'Twas halloween night, and all through the house
Every creature was stirring, including the mouse;

The walls were aflutter with little brown bats,
While hordes of black spiders crept out of the cracks.

By the fire in the kitchen, the witch stirred her brew;
To make it more smelly, she threw in a shoe..."
"Stiff-legged zombies awoke from the dead,
As moth-eaten mummies arose from their beds.

The pumpkins all grinned with ghoulish delight,
As little green creepies made treats for the night.

Into each party bag they dropped four crunchy legs,
A handful of grubs,
and eight rotten eggs..."
"The ghost in the parlor played softly off-key,
As a bevy of banshees served moldy green tea.

Ogre and Olaf set up the buffet
With freshly picked bugs
And the soup of the day..."
"When up on the gable the ravens appeared,
Ready to cry when the tricksters drew near.

Then just as the moon shed light on the path,
The witch and her ravens heard somebody laugh,
And like tiny moths drawn into the flame,
The tricksters appeared at the end of the lane--..."

"A witch, a toad, a ghost, and a bat,
A vampire, a mummy, a yellow-eyed cat.
A fairy, a ghoul, and a plump little rat..." 
"Quick!" cried the witch,
"They're coming this way!
Take the pot off the fire!
Unveil the buffet!"
"Then laughing and giggling the children all came,
Their feet treading lightly over the lane,
All silly and giddy and looking for sweets,
All shouting together,
"Come in!" said the witch. "Please be our guests.
Come to our party! We've put out our best!"
Into her parlor the children all peeked,
So eager to see the Halloween treats.
But what they saw on that shadowy night,
Made each little trickster shiver with fright!
"Mummies and harpies and creepy green things,
Fish tails, and stinkbugs, and dragonfly wings;
Newts and toads and lizards and mice,
Flies in the soup and crickets on ice;
A ghost in the parlor and bats in the den,
The witch's pet monster outside of its pen;
And Ogre and Olaf and all of their friends!"
"From the ten little tricksters came ten little shrieks,
And away they all ran down the cobblestone street,
Dropping their bags and spilling their treats.
"So Ogre and Olaf and all of the rest,
Enjoyed Halloween night without any guests..."
"They each took home some leftover legs,
Some grubs and bugs and lizards and eggs,
And all agreed on that night, as they left,

"this was the VERY BEST Halloween yet!"
-Halloween Night
By Marjorie Dennis Murray
{did you check out the scones & hot chocolate house above??!! they clear out their entire garage every year to set up a kitchen for scones, complete with picnic tables and heaters. it was my favorite stop.}
I fell in love with my neighbor's costumes.
spaghetti and meatballs, complete with a strainer as a hat.
and their brother Noah as Lindsay Lohan.
(read his jail tag, HILARIOUS!!!)
max was TERRIFIED of me for the first hour.
i don't blame her.
no one could recognize me.
when i would walk toward her she would back away and widen her eyes.
when she heard my voice she would nod that she knew it was me, but was too scared to come close.
she finally warmed up and held my hand for the last half of the houses.
brennan kept saying,
"it's just mommy max. the witch is not real."
it was really cute.
when sean was putting him to bed i took off my green face paint with baby wipes in the bathroom.
and as i came to his bed to sing him a song he sat straight up and demanded the light be turned on.
"mommy, your mommy face is back! you're pretty again! let me look at you."
it really was the VERY BEST halloween yet:)
trick or treat.


Emmy said...

No wonder why she was scared! Awesome costume! Love that you all dress up together. And scones! That is awesome

Sue said...

Epic Halloween at the Gibsons!

Cute story, too!


By Word of Mouth Musings said...

OK, this is probably my favorite halloween post that i have read this morning ... you rock the boosome!!!

Come on over!!!

tracy@sellabitmum said...

OMword - LOVE. You look fabulous!

Mommy Inconsistent said...

Hi...I'm visiting from Boo in the Blogosphere...what a GREAT poem and the pics are fantastic! I love that you and your husband and daughter were a theme...and I of course understand Spiderman (I had one too). I always dress up, but my husband hasn't done more than wear a wig...next year tho! I've already warned him!
Happy Belated Halloween!
- Jill

Sarah the Stylist said...

How fun! A couple years ago I dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West as well and it went over like gangbusters. Of course it was quite the effort to get the green off afterwards...

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