On Halloween Day we had an amazing Halloween party at the daycare. There was a lot of preparation to do the day before. Above is the scene before the party started. I put up black and orange balloons and orange streamers. We also had a lot of amazing Halloween decorations up already due to the crafts the kids had done the week before.
For the first little while, it was just Noah and B. They both had the same firefighter costume, and both of them wore their costume for about 2 minutes before taking it off. Noah informed me that he was going to wear his costume for the parade, as if this was the way things were done at Halloween parties.
Nonetheless, we started the celebration with jack-o-lantern punching balloons, and a Halloween memory matching game I had made for them.
After this, we played "Find the Pumpkins". Noah and B. went to Noah's bedroom, and I hid the pumpkins in the living room, dining room and kitchen. There were a lot of pumpkins to find, and they needed some clues here and there, but I think they enjoyed the game after they started to get the hang of it. Noah especially liked counting the pumpkins each time he or B. found one and added it to the group.
Noah and B. had a snack of "Halloween Fruit" and jack-o-lantern cookies before the rest of the gang arrived (Oscar, Aidas, Lucas and Maya).
It didn't take long for the rest of the kids to join us at the table. Who can resist cookies with chocolate?
Okay, things start to get even more adorable from here on in. We have: 2 firefighters, two tigers, one lion, one police officer, and a deviled egg (Marlaine, not me).
We took a walk around the block, wishing everyone a Happy Halloween. As we passed the High Park Early Learning Centre, we saw many children in front of the house. The kids checked out each other's costumes and wished each other a Happy Halloween.
All the kids were adorable in their costumes, but there was something about Aidas in his police officer's uniform that was so RIDICULOUSLY cute, I just couldn't contain myself! I couldn't stop laughing and hugging him every time I looked at him. How precious is this? Actually, my blog is a fantastic place to come if you're having a bad day. You get to see such cuteness. (I don't have time, nor is it appropriate to capture most tantrums or meltdowns. So, you get to skip most of the "ugly"!)
Maya wanted to hold hands with one of the kids. She was denied by her brother (because that's what brothers do, of course). She was surprisingly rebuffed by Noah, her biggest fan. Perhaps it was his plan to play hard to get, so she would work harder for his attention. (He will learn in time that reverse psychology doesn't go over well with girls.) It was B. who graciously accepted the request.
We stopped to watch some men who were being lowered on a scaffold (very exciting) while they were working on a building. Shortly after this, as you can see, Noah realized his strategy was not getting him anywhere and held Maya's other hand. Marlaine and I kept adoring the scene from behind: a girl being safely and lovingly escorted down the street by two firemen.
I also thought it was so cute that the musical instrument Lucas chose to take on the parade was the drum. It's a rather big instrument to walk around the block with, but he played that drum as if he were in a real marching band. He is a very good drummer!
When we got back to the apartment, we played "Ghost Toss". The kids stood a foot or two away from a waste basket decorated as a ghost. They then tried to throw lollipops (also disguised as ghosts) into the bin. Noah and B. especially liked this game. I love how you can see the ghost B. is throwing in mid-flight, in the photo above. All the kids got Halloween stickers to place on an orange Bristol Board card (with their name on it), whether they got the ghost in or not.
Don't think I've forgotten about this cutie. Isn't this the most precious tiger cub you've ever seen? Although (at 10 months) he couldn't participate in the festivities to the same extent as the older boys, he seemed to enjoy himself just the same. Here he is with his orange card. He really liked the Halloween sticker he got and was very skilled at peeling it off the card. (Seriously, I wouldn't think a 10 month old would have the fine motor abilities to do this!)
Speaking of skill, Aidas was the mastermind who first uncovered the ghost costume his lollipop was wearing, as well as the wrapper. This happened quickly, because Marlaine and I didn't even catch it until it was in his mouth! So then, of course, all the kids had to have a mini-pop appetizer before lunch.
The kids enjoyed their ghost pitas and jack-o-lantern sandwiches for lunch. Oscar enjoyed his mush.
After lunch, the children played together while I cleaned up. Finally, it was time for naps, and we had to say good-bye to Lucas and Maya for the day. What a fun morning we had!
After my gang woke from naps, we played some Halloween games again before we ate dinner. Guess what we had? Meatball spiders and monster fruit faces! Noah is a very literal guy. Every time I said "We're having spiders for dinner!" he would correct me and say "No, we're having meatballs". Apparently, my term "monster fruit faces" was okay, because I correctly stated that it was made of fruit. I'm sure if I had said "We're having monster faces for desert!" he would have replied, "No mommy. We're having fruit."
You can find more about my Halloween games and recipes by clicking "Halloween Crafts and Activities" under "Browse Posts" on the main page.