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haugen halloween party 2012

gandalf costume, frodo costume

Clayton and I as Gandalf and Frodo…do you like my Mike Brady wig?

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Hailey (my sister) as a plate of spaghetti & meatballs, and Brad as a chef…pure genius.

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Erika (my sister) as Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and JJ as Jack the Pumpkin King. Love this!


Trevor (my brother) as the Mad Hatter and Veronica as the Queen of Hearts for her first ever Halloween.

A very merry unbirthday to you!

A very merry unbirthday to you!

Love Bots.

Love Bots.


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Mom was so excited to find her costume at an estate sale…classic!



BY FAR, the most fun and hilarious night of the year for me is the Haugen Halloween party.  This was the 7th Annual, hosted by my brother Trevor (but at my parents’ house–they have more room). Costumes are required and there are prizes for the top three in the popular vote. I can’t even explain how funny it is to watch everyone walk through the door…I’m always on the floor laughing my guts out! I wish I had photos of everyone this year, all the costumes were so original and amazing. Can you believe the spaghetti and meatballs?? My sister Hailey is amazingly creative.  When I asked her how she thought of that idea, she simply said, “I had a dream about it.” Of course she did! And she made her entire costume herself, using felt to create tomato sauce hair pins and earrings, as well as meatballs on top. She slit a plastic silver platter to fit around her neck, and table was made from sturdy foam core (with a slit as well).

I always make our costumes, or at least piece them together with bits and pieces from thrift and fabric stores, and things I already have. The trickiest part this year was making Clayton’s Galdalf hat…I wasn’t sure I could pull it off, so let me tell you how HAPPY I was when it worked! He was such a sport to wear the costume…for at least 15 minutes before he took it off. He was sweating under all those cloaks! He hates dressing up anyway, but is always so good to humor me and wear whatever I choose for him, even if it includes a lame beard and wig set!

My costume was super fun to put together. I used a button up shirt I already had, and I found the old leather GAP vest from the nineties in my mom’s closet (the fact that she never throws anything away sure comes in handy–she could open a costume and prop shop!). Then I cut off some brown capris that I never wear to make them ragged. I made my cloak, but no sewing was involved, just cutting with the help of a template I found online. The One Ring (with inscriptions) and Elven Cloak Clasp were Amazon finds. And as I mentioned above, my wig was a Brady Bunch wig! It was as close as I could get. I wanted to make hairy feet, but resorted to eyeliner on the tops of my feet in a hurry. ANNNND, hooray!  We were one of the winning costumes, along with Sally and Jack the Pumpkin King and the Love Bots.

Tons of food and games, including a pinata. When it was my turn to swing, I couldn’t resist yelling, “This one’s for the Shire!” On top of all the games, Trevor and Hailey always put together a Halloween video to premier at the party. This year they did not disappoint! The party gets better and better each year.  Now to decide which of my three costume ideas we should use for the 2013 party…never too soon to start planning!

halloween 2010

We spent Halloween weekend eating lots of white chicken chili and sipping hot cider {which made the house smell so cozy}. And of course it wouldn’t be Halloween at our house without a Harry Potter movie marathon in full swing for a day or two.
Olivia was the cutest White Rabbit ever {thanks Julie!} to go along with Nina, the cutest Alice in Wonderland. Hannah loved her mime costume so much that she wants to do it again next year. Thanks to Aunt Hailey for sponsoring that one! Ben was the best looking little G.I. Joe, complete with camoflauge make-up and plastic binoculars.
My brother Trevor and my sis-in-law Tatum hosted the 6th Annual Haugen Halloween Party, a good time as always. Last year he started a tradition of making a short film to show at the party, and here’s this year’s film. Haha!
The icing on the cake was that Clay and I won the costume contest this year! I was so excited because I put so much time and thought into it, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out. It was fun being Mary Poppins for a night, and Clayton was the cutest Burt The Chimney Sweep ever. He came in saying in his best chimney sweep accent, “Good evening, governor!” Too bad he couldn’t show off his sidewalk chalk drawing abilities, it would’ve been so perfect!
I made his broom using snippets of Christmas garland which I duct taped around a pipe, then spray painted it black. I found my hat at TJMaxx, then hot-glued the daisies onto it. I already had the scarf, and Hailey let me borrow her coat and lacy-collared blouse {which she was embarassed to admit she owned}, and I picked up my skirt and Clayton’s jacket at the D.I. A little black hair spray for me and some charcoal for Clay finished it off just right, dontcha think?
So yeah, we won an awesome gold plastic skeleton statue {yes! haha!}, movie tickets, and the cash that people put into the witch cauldron.
{I already can’t wait for next year’s party…we’ve got a pretty good idea for it.}

simple ghosties

Here are a couple of our Halloween traditions…white chocolate ghosts, and these ghosts I made years ago out of white tissue paper and cheesecloth. I have a few of them floating around the house, and a group of them hanging over the front steps to welcome trick-or-treaters. Two super easy and inexpensive projects!
p.s. I can’t wait to show you our costumes this year!

pumpkin patch

Check out Nina’s whopper of a goose egg on her forehead…she fell on her face down the concrete steps in my parents’ garage, poor girl!

Some pictures from our annual pumpkin patch outing. It was tricky getting pictures this time around with the Baby Bjorn and the camera on the front of me! Josh {Clayton’s brother} and McCall, and Katie {Clayton’s sister} and Aaron and my cute nieces Emma and Chloe met us there. It was fun for the kids to hunt for the perfect pumpkins with their cousins. But poor little Will screamed almost the entire time!

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

I can’t believe I haven’t posted these before. You have to make these for Halloween weekend! Everyone will love you for it.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

{I usually double or triple this recipe because as it is, it only makes about a dozen or so, and I could eat that many all by myself!}

1 c. canned pumpkin

1 c. white sugar

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1 egg

1 Tbs. Vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. milk

2 c. flour

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cloves

1 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

1 or 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips (depending on how chocolatey you want them)

  1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil, egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, dissolve the teaspoon of baking soda in the milk, then add to pumpkin mixture. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, spices, salt and baking powder. Add to pumpkin mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

  2. Drop by spoonful on greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 or 11 minutes, until firm and lightly browned. Let cool completely before removing from pan. They taste best cold from the refrigerator with a glass of milk if you ask me!

Trick or Treat!

Hooray, I actually got these posted before Thanksgiving! Ben’s costume was so much fun this year…we saw it in a magazine. He was basically grass with his hair spiked up and green, with snakes and bugs all over him. Hannah was a beautiful butterfly, and the two little girls dressed as mermaids. Nina borrowed her costume from a friend, and Olivia’s was made with an old white onesie and an inexpensive aqua blue sweatsuit. I made puffy star fish out of pink felt for her mermaid bra, and cut the jacket of the sweatsuit up to make layers of fins down the front of the pants. I left them as pants so she could still get around. We carved pumpkins that day (so nice having Halloween on a Saturday this year!) and I made hot cider and chili. Grandma Ruthie stopped by with treat bags for the kids, and Grandma Becky and Grandpa Harold came by later while we were watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and sorting candy.

Nina didn’t last very long trick or treating this year. She had to pee when we were only a block away, and whined most of the time. What? Trick or treating is supposed to be FUN, don’t you know? Olivia was happy because we gave her a lollipop. So she was content in the stroller, bouncing her little mermaid legs up and down along the way. And I couldn’t even keep up with Ben and Hannah!