My daughter, Shyanne, is the queen of Halloween. She drives an old, lifted Jeep Cherokee with a life sized skeleton named Victor in the front seat all year. When Shyanne invited me to her Halloween day with my other daughter and granddaughter, I didn’t hesitate (never turn down opportunities to be with loved ones). I hopped in the car with my witch hat and headed to the eastern plains.
Now there is nothing quite like the sound of a five year old’s bent-over, belly laugh. And that is what I was met with. “You look like a unicorn!” Maryjane wailed, a twinkle in her eye. “I am a witch!” I declared. “Looks like a unicorn to me.”
There were crafts laid out, and snacks galore, spooky music met me when I entered through the door. I got straight to work, for this Grammie has a role. I make the best Halloween hamburgers (veggie burgers) this side of the veil. I sneaked the bits of cheese from cutting out eyes and mouths to my scary granddog.
Witch’s brew was put on, just like when the children were small. Ah, it does not seem like it was that long ago at all. A jug of apple juice or cider, a handful of brown sugar, a good sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice and let that begin to simmer then serve.
Shyanne put on a spread of easy treats, crackers and chips and cookies. We decorated warm sugar cookies with edible watercolors and sprinkles.
We made puppets out of tongue depressors glued to construction paper cutouts that we glued googly eyes to. Shyanne had carefully pre-cut Frankenstein heads, pumpkins, bats, and ghosts out. We painted and glued and sprinkled our way into the Halloween spirit. I did notice that is hard to get into the spirit when no children are present. This was a welcome party for me.
“The neighbors are going to wonder what is going on,” Emily said, as Maryjane and I danced to Disney songs and howled loudly like werewolves.
Pumpkins were carved, and we danced, and sang. Halloween parties can be impromptu and easy. For any age, for us older children regress rather quickly in the sight of sugar cookies and glue sticks. I hope you find a few ideas to incorporate into your own spooky Halloween day!