Happy Halloween!

Halloween Haiku: 
We made it to another Halloween! Hope you’re having a wonderful day. Here’s the haiku that won the overall family favorite honors. We hope your trick-or-treating doesn’t end in fleeing, screaming children!

Dad’s Great Costume
The doorbell rings twice.
A father opens the door.
Children flee screaming.

Costume Idea: Dad’s Eyes
Most of you will probably realize that Wayne’s eyes were the inspiration for the above poem, and I thought it was time you learned the story of how that costume came to be.

When he was in high school his stake had monthly youth dances, and each one had a theme based on a movie. For example, one time they had a “South Pacific” dance and another time a “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” one. The music was played by a live band, and the ward in charge was responsible for providing a skit while the band took their break.

One year his ward was assigned the annual Halloween costume dance in October, with the movie theme “Frankenstein.” They decided a lip synced version of “Monster Mash” would be perfect for their skit.

The scene was rockin’, all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, ‘The Crypt-Kicker Five’
They played the mash, they played the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
They played the mash, it caught on in a flash
They played the mash, they played the monster mash
He recreated the look for a work Halloween party in 1983.
Wayne was assigned the part of Igor and was accompanied by some girls playing the baying hounds. Those eyes were part of his costume (the original ones were glow-in-the-dark), along with an old tuxedo (stuffed with a pillow to make him hunch-backed) and chains wrapped around his waist and ankles.
With no chains or humpback, Igor transforms to Laser Blazer!

He absolutely loved the reaction he got – everyone at the dance thought it was the grossest thing ever – so he determined to keep the costume as long as he could. Eventually we got rid of the tuxedo and we’re on the second pair of eyes, but I imagine they’ll have a spot in his nightstand drawer until the end of time.

One year I was crocheting a Christmas bell ornament and Wayne decided that the shape would make an awesome nose warmer. He asked me to make one for him and he added that along with a nylon stocking mask to make his costume even better!


Pinterest Idea: Candy Bark
This just looks like fun. If you need to use up a variety of your trick-or-treating stash, here’s a great option. (We normally don’t have any problem with just eating it in its original form!) It’s also a wonderful way to use up any extra eyeballs from yesterday’s monster cookies. You can find the instructions here, but basically just melt a bunch of semi-sweet chocolate chips, pour onto a cookie sheet, and arrange candy on top. Chill, then slice.
Halloween Candy Bark Recipe from justataste.com @justataste:
Happy Halloween!