Halloween Highlights…..

The only thing about Halloween that I like is our daughter Maureen, her husband Kevin, and the grandkids!  It is their favorite holiday, hands down.  They decorate for Halloween outside, the way I decorate for Christmas inside.  It is truly a family affair.  They spend 3 months (at least) on making their costumes and a week decorating the yard.  This year was no exception!

There used to be a fantastic haunted house in the neighborhood, but it was closed down last year by the city due to traffic issues.  So, this year the kids did up the garage with voice/movement activated items.  My mom and I sat inside and gave out the treats to the tricker-treaters.  The witch’s eye would light up and she would talk to the kids, they had a book that opened and talked, the cauldron had icy smoke pouring out of it, and a spider dropped from the ceiling.  Wonderful screeches and laughter ensued.

garagehalloweenPictures just don’t do it justice.  All night long the parents were taking pictures of their kids in front of the table.  The yard has wonderful tombstones with great epitaphs on them.  A neighbor posted them on her facebook page even.  The owner of the closed down haunted house, even stopped by to see what all the kids had been talking about.  He thanked them for picking up the gauntlet and creating something fun for the kids to look forward to every year.

Now, I know I have shown you the costumes from past Halloween’s that my daughter has made, this year is no exception.  KevindonincostumeKevin is “Pinhead”, Maureen worked a long time on making this one.  Donovan is “Hawkeye” (hair colored even).  This costume they bought, but Donovan and Kevin made some kid friendly arrows for his quiver.


Keegan wanted to be a “Rose Fairy”.  Maureen found a dress from the Goodwill and added the roses on the bodice, all the kerchief style ruffles to the skirt, and added wings to the back.  Oh, and lets not forget the crown!  Keegan insisted that Mom be a plum fairy, so Maureen made herself a costume too!

We all got a surprise when Auntie Colleen was able to come for the weekend, due to Halloween being on a Friday nite!grouphalloween2

Even Colleen had worn a costume to work!  She was an attendee at the Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Ball.  Overall a wonderful night for all.  The neighborhood kids loved the effort they put into their decorations, my mom (Great Grandma Snow) got to see everyone in their finery, and the two of us got to view all the costumes as we handed out candy.

Now Maureen has another year to plan out costumes and decorations for next year!  Cyn



About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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