Happy Halloween! I can’t believe a whole year has passed since last year’s AMWF Halloween costume was created based on Big Hero 6. How time flies! This year it was Junwen’s turn to get more extravagant, as we dressed up as “Captain Snow”, the couple name for Killian Jones (Captain Hook) and Emma Swan from the “Once Upon a Time” TV series. My outfit was completely from my closet (although I borrowed his scabbard for my sword). He already had the clothes, but we picked up the pirate accessories from Party City last weekend. 😉
It was honestly just too warm for my leather jacket, but in case you’re confused, here’s who we were portraying:
This year we hosted a gathering of friends from all different walks of life to carve pumpkins! We had a food competition, a costume competition, and a pumpkin carving competition.
We decked out our patio with bulb lights, it was so pretty! I’m not sure if we can keep them up or not…they really create a nice ambiance!
Last year, I made witch’s fingers as a fun themed treat. This year, I decided to make them again…but didn’t bother to look up the recipe! I thought they were simple sugar cookies…the result was that my cookies flattened in the oven and turned out like this! My friends were kind and said I could call them “Frankenstein fingers”!
We also had a “bobbing for apples” game, during which the goal was to get a bite out of a hanging apple without using your hands! It’s actually amazingly difficult, even impossible, unless you use your shoulder for leverage or just have a big mouth! We found out the hard way that the guys had an extreme advantage in this! Junwen beat all the girls, but he was second place to our resident werewolf who bit the apple in HALF in just FIVE SECONDS!
Heli (below) won the costume contest for dressing as “Frozen”, winter personified, to represent her home country of Finland. So creative! It was especially fun because it was her and Tuomas’ first time ever carving a pumpkin. I felt privileged to help facilitate! In Europe, there might be some costumes, Halloween is not nearly as largely celebrated as here. I think a lot of Americans love Halloween because it gives us the permission to dress up and play make-believe…it lends itself to fun parties (when else do you get to do art projects like carve pumpkins?!)…you get to make fun food (and eat it too!) It’s even more spectacular once you have a kid around to dress up and enjoy their wonderment as well. How about you? Do you like Halloween, and if so what are your favorite parts?