September 21, 2008

A change is in store...

We're shaking things up in the Kenward household.

Every year for the last seventeen years, Chris and I have held an adult Halloween costume party. It's a tradition that started when we were newly married living in our first apartment. With each new house that we moved into, came bigger and more elaborate Halloween displays. We have life-sized creatures that live year-round in our basement and tubs and tubs of Halloween decorations that would rival most folks Christmas decorations. It's absolutely crazy and I used to blame my husband on this odd fetish, but I'm equally obsessed with decorating for this event now too.

This was the front of our house at Halloween last year.

I was Mary Poppins for Halloween last year.

Chris was Hagrid last year.

This year, the adult Halloween party is no more.
We're throwing a family-friendly Halloween party. Yes. You read that correctly. No more scrambling to find a babysitter. We're holding our first annual bring your ENTIRE family to the Kenward house kind-of-party. We've even hired a professional face painter for the kiddos and we are plotting several different types of kid-friendly games. Now, we just need the weather to cooperate so that we can take full advantage of all our outdoor activities.

The event will take place the Saturday before Halloween (October 25th) and will run between 6pm - 8pm. We'll be sending out official invites to our usual guests, but I wanted to give you all a heads-up on the major change in our party venue.

For all my blogging friends, I wish I had a stash of money to send airfare to you and your families. I'd love to finally meet some of you in person and I think this would be a great opportunity to get together. If any of you are available and are interested, I'd love to include your family. I promise to post video of the decorations so that you can get a virtual experience of our holiday tradition.

Here's a sneak peek at Emma and Josie's Halloween costumes!
Happy "early" Halloween!!


Nicole said...

How cool! I wish we could come up for your party... but alas, we have no "time off" until the new year. Can't wait till our Disney reunion (which we need to keep working on!).

Steffie B. said...

Oooooooooo.....we wanna come! ;) Your house looks awesome!

Oatsvall Team said...

precious ... i love a party ... i love all holidays because they are a time to put the stress of everyday aside and just be together w/ friends and family !!!! wish we could come !!!! i have a couple of lady bugs and football players that would have a blast ...

Shanna said...

I want to come to your party!! We are in Orlando at Universal Studios right now and I'm thinking you are running a pretty close race with the decor!!
I do enjoy Halloween. Wish we lived closer!

The Young's said... are SO CREATIVE! I think it's awesome to make it a party for the whole family! The kids will LOVE IT...especially the face painting!! :) Wish we could come!!! Maybe one day we'll have an opportunity to meet!!! Until then...I'm glad we can still connect online! You're a blessing!!! Have a great week!

Mike and Barb said...

Did you show us the outside of your house last year?? I don't remember seeing that part of your decorations - totally amazing, especially since I really don't care much for Halloween, but this is impressive!! I wish you were a millionaire too, because I would definitely be there for your party!
Love, Barb

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you so much for sending me that post from the Bethany blog. I really appreciate it as I do not read their blog much.

I will have to see what we are doing that weekend, your home looks fabulously spooky!

Caroline said...

Wow! I wish we could be there. It sounds like so much fun. Warning: expect Josie to freak at the halloweeen madness. Lyssa certainly did not get it her first year. And, it makes sense as they are not exposed to the Halloween craziness in China. Have fun! xo, Caroline

Alyson & Ford said...

Wow, you go all out for Halloween!! Have tons of fun!!

Hoe from China 09/27/08!