It's party central around here next week, and--while I usually don't go for cheese-y, over-the-top, themed food--a spark of silly Halloween spirit seems to have infected me this year. I don't know if it's because the Kid is old enough to be impressed with my efforts or if I'm just getting batty in my older age, but I'm really excited about it all.
Excited, but also planning my grocery list like a general going to war. Those feelings don't have to be mutually exclusive, right?
Here's my battle plan--ROAR!
For Little Miss's school carnival:
Chocolate dipped cake pops, which are resting in my fridge as we speak. I'm not really a baker so these stressed me out a little, but my Nice Sister-In-Law kindly held my hand via text message. Everything was going just swimmingly until the almond bark seized, drrr.
I was about to go buy cupcakes, but Sweet Husband pointed out that the balls of cake themselves were still quite tasty and the ingredients for the chocolate dip I use for peanut butter balls were only a short drive to the store away. Gotta love a guy who helps you snatch cake pop victory from the jaws of defeat!
For our Dia de los Muertos sugar skull making potluck:
I was having drinks with my best ladies a few weeks ago when someone started talking about the Day of the Dead. Emboldened by a glass of wine, I announced then and there that we were going to have a party to make ourselves some sugar skulls. Because my friends don't actually want me to go 'round the twist, they insisted on a potluck.
For the Kid's Halloween class party:
We signed up to bring the "salty" treat this year, and these little cracker spiders fit the bill and met with the Kid's approval. We'll do peanut butter for the filling (no allergies in the Kid's class this year) and little candy eyeballs. Because how often do you get to put eyes on your food? Almost never, right?
Is anyone else cooking up anything ghoulishly delicious for Halloween?