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Halloween Food and Pumpkin Carving 2012

Last night, we went to my grandparent’s house for our annual Halloween pumpkin carving and food night. I looked on Pinterest for something fairly simple, yet cool to make. I came across a neat cake from Cooking with Sugar’s blog, and I decided to make that.

Thank goodness it worked out because it’s kind of a one shot cake. If you mess up, you have to start all over, and I didn’t have time to start all over. Luckily, the directions were simple to follow, and the cake came out really awesome looking on the inside.

My dad’s was definitely the grossest and most disturbing Halloween food of the night. I give him tons of credit for coming up with such an awesome and unique idea, even if it did make me want to throw up a little bit. :)

The meat heads were made of cooked smoked sausage, so it was actually edible.

Marlene’s Delectable Intestines won first place for best Halloween food. (Oh, and my grandpa helped make those too – he chopped.)

The intestines were puff pastry with chimichanga filling. They won because not only were they gross looking, but they tasted delicious. (It kind of helped that Marlene’s chimichanga recipe is actually a Pillsbury cook-off recipe :) ). She is an awesome cook!

Some of the other Halloween food included:

Carmel and marshmallows Q-tips made by Crystal.

My brother, Paul, made a spinach dip mummy.

Danny made Halloween puppy chow with candy corn and Reece’s Pieces.

My uncle made witch hat cookies out of striped cookies and Hershey kisses. My aunt made mummy hotdogs wrapped in croissants, but I didn’t get a picture because everyone ate them before I remembered to take a picture.

My cousin, Billy, and his wife, Michelle, made guacamole dip.

Everyone’s Halloween food came out really awesome, and it’s so much fun seeing what everyone made!

After eating all the food, we started on the pumpkin carving.

Jaden carved a whoopee cushion on his pumpkin. It kind of looks like a bomb, but it’s supposed to be a whoopee cushion. I carved a vampire Pac-Man. For some reason, I have an obsession with Pac-Man. My cousin, Michelle, carved a baby sucking her thumb because she’s pregnant. What a cute idea! And my cousin, Billy carved Spock.

Danny’s pumpkin was the eyeball, and he won first place in the pumpkin carving contest!! Danny has a lot of patience, so he can sit there for a long time and carve. I, on the other hand, have very little patience, which is probably why pumpkin carving is my least favorite Halloween activity. We balance each other out well!

It was a very fun night, and we came home exhausted! And of course, Jaden was up bright and early this morning even though he didn’t sleep very well last night. Why don’t kids believe in sleeping in?? I guess when he’s a teenager, I’ll be complaining that he sleeps too  much!

Today, we competing in a Halloween Amazing Race type game came that my sister-in-law created. It should be tons of fun…as long as I don’t have to eat any frog fallopian tubes.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Food 2011

Last night’s pumpkin carving and Halloween food party was a success!

We packed up the kids, three pumpkins, and our Halloween food dishes and headed to my grandparent’s house, where we have had this party for the last few years.

Getting ready to go:

My aunt and uncle were supposed to fly out from California, but unfortunately couldn’t make it. Some story about a dog, a cow, and seeping wounds. Yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard that story before.

Everyone had such awesome Halloween food creations. I was proud of Danny this year for actually participating in the food portion of the night. It’s about time that you stared acting like you like my family.

Oh wait, you go on vacation with them every year and leave me at home.

Danny made little Frankenstein pudding cups. I love how these turned out! They are so cute. Which I’m totally sure is what he was going for. Okay, they can be manly cute.

This was definitely the most disgusting food creation of the night:

And surprisingly, this wasn’t made my dad. It was made by Katie, my grandparent’s friend and neighbor. So gross, but I actually ate one of those brownies and they were good.

My brother made eyeball cookies.

Crystal’s food won for best Halloween food. She made gross rats using Twinkies, chocolate frosting, and coconut.

Mummy hotdogs:

Deviled eggs:

I love these cupcakes that Marlene made. They are bloody glass cupcakes. How cool is that! The glass is actually edible.

My dish was really cheesy this year. No, seriously. I made a cheese ball.

Okay, it’s cheesy lame too, but at least it tasted “outstanding.” I’m quoting here because it was that awesome.

My pumpkin-shaped cheese ball:

My grandpa’s food came out awesome. How creepy is this:

After all the food fun, we moved onto pumpkin carving.

I’m pretty sure that I have this exact picture of my dad every single year. Except this year, he’s wearing glasses. Oh sorry, he calls them cheaters, the word glasses makes him feel old.

I worked really hard on my pumpkin:

Okay, okay, I made Danny carve my pumpkin.

The finished pumpkins:

Danny’s pumpkin. It’s Dracula:

My brother’s pumpkin. It came out so cute.

My dad’s pumpkin won for best pumpkin. I only have two words to say: thank goodness.

He carved the clown from It. His pumpkin looks eerily similar to his costume from last year.

My dad with his “best pumpkin” award:

Tonight is the Halloween party at my dad’s, complete with dead body in the bathtub. Can’t wait.

I’m off to get a few more things for my costume and work on all the last-minute details!

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