Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

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Last week, my boys threw a cousin Halloween party.

They only have one cousin that lives close to us and she is 3 months old, but that didn’t stop them. Naturally, they hired me (for a cut of the trick or treating loot) as their chief party planner.

With less than a week’s planning and notice, we kept things simple.



I sent out a digital invite via text. I made the image using BubbleFrame and Rhonna Designs on my iPhone.

Quick and easy! Since we only invited family members, I just did a group text and was able to know within a few minutes who was planning on attending.


Fall Menu

I always like to feed my guests a meal when they come over. I threw turkey chili ingredients into two crock pots in the morning and was done with it. I wanted to spend my energy making pumpkin treats–we had way too many pumpkin chocochip cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin mini muffins and chocolate peanut butter cookies. (Thanks to my SILs for their help!)


To top it all off, I planned on having hot apple cider in our electric percolator and drinking them from my handled mason jars.

Funny story about that: My husband walks in the door from work to help with the last minute party prep. I charge him with the cider. He plugs in the percolator not knowing that there were plastic accessories inside as well as the paper instructions. We look over and it is smoking like a chimney. It’s ruined and the house now has that lovely burnt plastic aroma that every party planner loves so much. (Sarcasm font!)

He says he’ll take care of it and starts heating the cider on the stove in a large pot …until we notice smoke coming from the stove top as well. I look over to see him laughing hysterically and taking a smoldering oven mitt with 4 perfect coil circles glowing with flames. Two fires in 20 minutes. Winning!

Despite the smoke and mishaps before the guests arrived, the food was delicious and Jackson thoroughly enjoyed his first pumpkin chocochip cookie. Maybe a little too much!


Mummy Race Halloween Game

Mummy races are so fun! My kids are still talking about this game–which we adapted for the younger crowd since the guests of honor were all under 6 years old. Each team had a child they had to wrap as a mummy using toilet paper.

Mummy Relay Race

The goal is to cover as much of their wiggly bodies as possible with toilet paper.

Halloween Games for Kids

When your little mummies are looking fully wrapped, the person in charge calls time and sets them up for a race.

Halloween Relay Games for Kids

It’s hysterical to see them move like mummies (some unintentionally!) as they race across the finish line leaving a trail of tp behind them.

Mummy Halloween Games

My kids are still talking about this ridiculous game.

To make it work for older kids, you can have a set number of rolls of toilet paper that each team needs to use to wrap their mummy in. After the wrapping is complete, have them race or work through an obstacle course as part of the relay race. We have also done this in teams where couples stand back to back and are wrapped like a 2-sided mummy and then they have to work together to race across the finish line. (Make sure you get this on video. It is so funny to watch!)

Cottonelle Coupon from Target

Toilet Paper Coupon for Target: Buy Cottonelle Triple Roll 12 pack or larger and get a FREE box of Kleenex while supplies last.


To round out the Halloween fun, we carved and decorated pumpkins with the kids. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Love those slimy guts! Such a fun night with very little pre-planning and lots of memories!

The First Annual Cousin Halloween party is in the books! {Chili. Pumpkin treats. Cider. Costumes. Mummy racing. Pumpkin carving. Darlingness.} Happy First Halloween, RJ!
Thanks to all our family for coming and for coming in costume! (Aren’t they amazing?)



School Papers Year Book

What do you do with all those papers and art projects that have accumulated over the school year?

I don’t want them floating around my house, but some of them are just too precious to trash. Is that because my oldest just “graduated” from kindergarten and I am still starry-eyed about my kids being in school? (Ok …possibly.) The teacher in me just wants to organize them all into a little book and that’s exactly what I did!

I have a basket with folders for each of my kids. When a paper come home from school that I find especially adorable, it hangs in the “aRt Gallery” for a little while and then it goes into the basket.

Vinyl Door Frames

The basket has a folder for each kid. I put the paper in the back of the folder to keep them in some kind of chronological order. But, by the end of the year …it looks like this:


So, I went through the folder one more time–really only keeping things I loved or knew the kids would love seeing later on–art projects, a handwriting sample from the beginning and end of the year, 100% math papers, etc.

Any paper that was an odd shape, I mounted on construction paper like so:

End of the Year Book with School Papers

When everything was a similar size, I took the stack to my local FedEx. For $5.00 (!!!!!!) they bound it for me into something that is manageable and allows us to enjoy the memories more readily. Five dollars, friends!

Preserve School Work

Managing School Papers


What about 3D projects?

Well, those get a special place of honor on a cake stand on the kitchen table for about a week …and then they do end up in the trash. SHHHHH! Don’t tell. (Unless it was truly a Michelangelo moment, then it goes in their memory box in their room.)

How to display kids artwork


Does anyone else have guilt about trashing school projects?

Help a new school mom out here!



I moustache you a question…

Will you be my valentine?

Sent these valentines to our families–including birth families–in post card form.

I hope they get a giggle out of them. We sure had a blast making them.

Here’s a peek at the full Valentine package that each of the birth moms got. Those mini books are from Printstagram and they come in duplicates so you send one to Birth Mom and keep one for the kiddo’s memory box.

Valentine packages for the birth mamas. #adoption #openadoption (Link in profile.)

I know this idea is too late for you to share with your child’s birth family, but I like my kids’ birth moms to be surprised by what arrives in the mail to them. I hate for them to see it on my blog first. Just pin the above image for next year!

More birth parent gift ideas from R collection.

Compilation video of items we have sent to birth families.