Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween 2015 - Post-Mortem

"I'll have whatever those kids are bouncing off the walls on!"

Buried. All of it! The fuzzy spiders, that rattlin' pile of bones, those scruffy rats, the giggling ghosties.....hustled down to the basement to embark upon an eleven month respite.....

But spectral wisps still linger, refusing to be swept up for thoughtless discard alongside fun size wrappers and crinkled party bags. When memories sneak a seasonal path into the crevices of a grandma's heart, Halloween is never, ever, really over!

Let me show you what I mean.....

It was a dark and stormy afternoon....(Is it ever gonna stop raining on Halloween around here?)
But inside grandma's house, beneath candlelit glow, a curious occurrence promised a show......

A family of skeletons - entrepreneurial ones, right down to their bones - opened for business, and welcomed us in......

"We might call this place 'The Bone Shake Shack,' but slurpin' up ice cream isn't all we do!"

"If you like what you see, we've got tables for seating your two groups of three!"

With children in hand, I inspected the scene - a little uneasily, but it was Halloween!

And that's probably why no one but grandma seemed bothered by a trio of donuts attracting the attention of three scruffy rats!

At this unsettling picture, I suggested we go, but as you've probably guessed, the kids hollered, "NO!"

Plenty of seating, as promised, ahead.......the kids were just dying to sit and be fed!

A tower of goodies, groaning with snacks!

Cheese straws on top,
Cream cheese iced banana muffins in the middle,
Fruit and veggie slices with peanut butter dip on the bottom.....

This little kitty meowed with delight!
(But those nasty old rats weren't scared by the sight!)

Twin cousins, too, here's one now,
Eyeballing a taco monster and thinking, "WOW!"

Lovely ladies fill each chair,
Next year, baby brother joins them there!

Kaylee surmises (correctly!) that if she doesn't gobble down her lunch, someone else will!

Time for dessert!
What'll it be?
Shack's signature drink!
What else would we think?

Bone Shakes served by "you-know-who!"
Twin sissy, Ava, devours hers, too!

We settled our tab and left a nice tip.....
Dining with skellies is really quite hip!

Now, I suppose you might wonder, and I do understand, what kind of grandma brings children to dine out with rats?

Has she no class?

Would I change your mind if I invited you to the Halloween Art Show and Sale that followed the meal? Grandkids and I have been busy; that's the real deal!

My crew hung the pictures; they've years of experience - and know what to do!

Handprints and feet, pumpkins from paper and more from potatoes,
You can trust Bree, she knows where it goes!

Kaylee rents shopping baskets, Ava and Angeline sell tickets, but the "big kids" take care of your need for refreshments! (And here I have to brag. See the brother in the middle? He approached me a month ago, suggesting that we glue eyeballs to green Gatorade and sell it as "Green Goo!" Smartie! And Nick loves mummies, so we added Mountain Dew and wrapped them just for him, too!)

Needless to say, our Halloween Art Show was a sell out! No parent went home lacking a wall-full - enough to last long after the size of these little hands is just a memory to smile about!

But another thing you've gotta know,
Then I promise, I will go.....

If you're ever around on Halloween Day,
Shake those bones right in this way!

Good night, Halloween 2015.
You were, by far, the scariest one I've ever seen!

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  1. Hello, I think I would enjoy your place on Halloween! The decorations are awesome and the food all looks delicious. Your grands are so cute in their costumes. Wonderful Halloween post, enjoy your new week!

  2. All the holidays are extra special when there are lots of little ones around.

  3. Oh my goodness, but you do take the prize - creativity, organization, furthering of the arts, and just being the best grandma ever. This had to be one special Halloween for all those beautiful and handsome cousins to share. I had to chuckle when I looked at the lettering on the booth - perfectly lined up. You are good, girl. And, then the food - my goodness but the food. Spectacular is the only word I can think of. If I'm ever in your neighborhood, I'll drag my bones over and take a look see at some of these wonderful creations because I am always in awe of your artistic talent.

  4. You really know how to create a theme party! I suspect all your grands are learning about different aspects of hospitality and party-giving, along with just having fun.

  5. I just NEVER have any words for what you do!!!!! Love it.

  6. Well I came over prepared to be amazed and of course I was! You always come up with such original ideas, all well done, over the top!

    And poetry ! LOVED that in this post...too cute! :)

  7. Awesome decorations and food. Your grandkids are lucky to have such an enterprising grandmother!

  8. Such fun and isn't it interesting that the grandkids are beginning to catch your party fever and thinking up ways to decorate and have fun. I'm sure everyone (well, maybe not the scruffy rats) had a grand time - love the kids costumes too.

  9. Love your pictures, your ideas, your blog and your great attitude about grandparenting! Teresa from NanaHood

  10. Great photos!
    Hope you'll come share at

  11. Grandma J you have done it again! This is by far your most creative Halloween but we all know you will just try and out do yourself next year! Well done Grandma!

  12. Oh what fun! The rats and the donuts are just hilarious!! Love the artwork and the treats are wonderful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. That looks like so much fun! Next Halloween I am just going to show up at your house in a costume and join the fun.

  14. Oh wow! What a fun post. I can't remember, have you ever joined in the fun at the Mad Tea Party usually held in June or July (online). I bet y'all would have a grand time creating a fun and unique grandkid tea party for that as well :) I'll put the link to my last visit in the links and that has the link to the host blog :)

    And thank you so much for your lovely visits to - as you can probably guess by my slow response, real estate-caregiving-grandkids keeping me busy so slow but sure :)


  15. Oh the magical adventures you create for your wonderful grand children! And no matter how dreadful rats are, they're a must at Halloween!