Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween 2011- The Halloween that almost wasn't

I will start off by posting our family theme this year. Let me recap first.

2008- The Lion the witch and the wardrobe.

2009- Bees and Beekeepers

2010- Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear. Naturally.

2011- Second star to the right and straight on until morning.

Can you tell that we love Halloween? And I have plenty of pictures of me and Rob dressed up at parties before we had kids. I'll dig those out one day. But anyhooo.... back to this year.

We started Halloween a week ago by going to Deanna Rose's children's farmstead with our best friends in Kansas City, the Pullins. It was a fabulous evening where the Neverland crew met the Superhero crew.
 Deanna Rose has an event every Halloween called, "Night of the Living Farm." I highly recommend it if you want to check it out next year. Our kids had a blast and I think the grown ups might have enjoyed it as well.
They had entire pathways lit with glowing pumpkins. Very cool.
And there were hayrides of course. They had a scary hayride for older kids and non scary ones for the younger set. We stupidly did both. Here is a pic of us on the non scary one. You know, the one where idiots dressed up like monsters weren't chasing our kids with chainsaws.

Don't let JM Barie fool you. Hook secretly had a thing for Wendy.

The night before Halloween we took the kids to a little neighborhood Fall Festival. Bennett decided she didn't want to be Tinker Bell anymore. Thank goodness we had already taken our family picture. She insisted that she had to be Ariel. She just had to be. Because Ariel is beautiful, fun, great, and has red hair. Those were Bennett's words. Not mine. And since Bennett wasn't going to be Tinker Bell, Will wanted to be a dragon. We had these costumes in our dress up box. I didn't care. I wanted them to go with it. So we did.

The festival was so much fun. They enjoyed all of the fun games where they got.... wait for it... more candy! Oh, and look at the scenery in the background? Isn't Kansas City so pretty this time of the year? I love it.
And they got to march in a costume parade.

Painting pumpkins was a must.
Me and my little spooks.

Cutest dragon ever!

And so now we come to the sad part of our tale. Even though we had several outings and had enjoyed the Halloween season, it wasn't the big day yet. And I LOVE Halloween. So we decided to have some friends over to celebrate with us. We had several families coming and the plan was to get the kids together, have some appetizers, take pictures, trick or treat around the neighborhood, and then come back to have dinner and watch the Chiefs game on TV. Sounds great, right??

I spent the day decorating and baking. We had spooky graveyard cake, broomstick bags filled with snack mix, spooky hands....

There were cupcakes that Bennett and I decorated together....
And the wicked witch of the East appropriately crashed into our house to greet our guests.

We were ready to Par-Tay!!

And then a very sad thing happened. Will got sick. Very sick. As in throwing up non stop. We took him to the doctor first thing Halloween morning and she said that she thought he would be okay and just to watch him throughout the day. When he was still sick at lunch time, we made the call to cancel our party. So sad. I felt like a girl all dressed up for prom and then her date didn't show. Sigh....

But we rallied. We're Websters after all!!! We watched Will all day and by evening, he felt great. We decided to let him go trick or treating anyway. We were sad that we didn't have our party with our friends, but we made lemonade out of some very stinky and nauseating lemons.

Will's friend Rachel decided to brave the illness and join us. They only came into our house and braved the germs for a few minutes, but we hoped she would be okay out in the open air and safely protected with Buzz Lightyear's germ proof armor. Oh, and Bennett refused to be Tinker Bell again. Oh, well. I just can't compete with the awesomeness that is Ariel.

Trick or Treat.
Love this picture. Love, love, love it!

Our friends may have not been able to come in and have dinner with us, but we were still going to eat those cupcakes! So there, stomach viruses!

So, in the end we did have a great Halloween. I won't really go into the fact that Bennett was up all night Monday night throwing up or how I got 3 hours of sleep because I was washing sheets, pillows, pajamas, and blankets at all hours of the night. I won't talk about the fact that the turn signal on our van quit working and that we found out on Halloween Day that it would cost $700 to fix. I won't tell you that as of Tuesday night Will was still throwing up. 

It looks like we had a whole lot more tricks than treats this year. Oh, well. I will not be deterred. Already looking forward to 2012! Happy Halloween, everyone!


starnes family said...

Jillian told me about your sad tale.

I know you love this holiday. I was sad for you.

Really sad.

Almost sad enough to not end this comment with "Geaux Tigers!"

Donnie Manis said...

And the Chiefs DID win..that had to help. :)

The Khans said...

You are just so creative it kills me. One day I might get an ounce of that. Love all the costumes you have had over the years and glad you were able to salvage part of Halloween. At least you had all the fun festivities before that.

Carmen & Eddie said...

Something must have been going across the country, for he in VA we also had 2 sick 2 yr olds for which our pre trick or treats party had to be cancelled for!
Glad you guys were able to go TRT... and that you got to have your family Halloween pic...