A Tale of Two Spooktaculars

This last week was an eventful one, thanks to multiple Halloween events: Spooktacular #1, Spooktacular #2 (originality is dead), Treat-or-Treating, and The Tackler Testing the Three and Halves.

Yes, the latter has nothing to do with Halloween, and everything to do with having a 3.5 year old, but it did make the week eventful.

The Outdoor Spooktacular 

Everything was fascinating...

Last Thursday, CG’s employer had Spooktacular #1, complete with games, bouncy houses, prizes, candy, and a sea of children and adults in costume.

It was held outside in near perfect 73 degree temps but strong 20-30 mph winds (unsure of Celsius/km conversion).

CG and I played Trade the Children for the 90 minute event. I accompanied Buzz Lightyear as we went around to such exciting activities as Rescue the Duck,  Ask the Fortuneteller (aka Magic 8 Ball), Smack the Pumpkin with your Bean Bag, Toss the Ping Pong Eyeballs into the Plastic Pumpkins, and several other games.  I was directed to steer clear of the sound stage for performing A Spooky Laugh into the microphone – it was loud and turned my typical No Fear Of Anything Buzz into Clinging As Close to Mom As Possible as we passed it.

The Space Ranger rescues a duck and reads the number for a prize.

Still, this was a huge improvement from last year, where he A) hated and did not wait in line well B) didn’t comprehend these were games to play and participate in and C) just wanted a prize.

Then we traded, and Buzz went with CG while I took over watching Snow White.

She was in heaven.

I don’t know if it was the crowds, the nice weather, or the thrill of the wind blowing up her skirt, but Snow White was gloriously happy.

So I took photos. A lot of them.  The late day lighting proved to be a lot of fun to work with.

Snow White pulls a Marilyn Monroe thanks to the wind

It was great to enjoy an evening with Happy Children and have a chance to talk and mingle with friends (whose children are friends with Buzz).

Spooktacular #2 was held in the gym at Lifetime Fitness on Saturday.

Snow White practices running in case the Evil Queen shows up.

The Trading of Children was a bit more complicated at the second Spooktacular as I had a Thriller performance in the middle of it.  CG started off with Snow White, who raced around, stopped to stomp her foot and dance, then raced around some more.

I took Buzz around to such games as: Toss the Eyeballs into the Plastic Pumpkins (which he now had Pro status in), The Line You Will Wait in Forever aka Face Painting for Most Kids but Hand Painting for Buzz (he had a white person painted on one hand and the black person on the other), Decorate Your Foam Pumpkin, Fishing for Prizes, Bean the Giant Pumpkin with the Bag, and his favorite: Put as Much Sugar and Decoration as Possible on Your Sugar Cookie.  Then eat it.

Sadly, I didn’t take any photos because the gym was a little dark. I wish I’d at least taken a quick shot of his “Face Painted Hands.”

Thanks to the 30 minutes wasted in The Line You Will Wait in Forever, I was running late for makeup and a last minute run through of Thriller. CG and I quickly traded and I checked Snow White into the childcare center so CG would only have one child to watch while I performed.

My dear friend Bobbi, who was in the throes of complete misery (diagnosed two days later as a sinus infection, an ear infection, and bronchitis in early stages of pneumonia), showed up about fifteen minutes before my performance to help video and photo it.  She got the “pleasure” of seeing me sprint around like my head was missing as I threw on my costume, had someone apply my makeup, and danced a last minute run through.

A final run through before the performance

Then she somehow managed to take a great video while shooting photos.

And running a fever thanks to her multiple infections.

She’s amazing.

After our four minute Thriller performance we invited up any kids who wanted to learn parts of the dance.

My Buzz was not one of them, although he not due to any fear over my makeup and costume.

He was too busy inhaling popcorn.

That’s my boy. 🙂


Note: Trick-or-Treating will be covered in another blog.


About Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos

Kelly K has learned the five steps to surviving of motherhood: 1) Don't get mad. Grab your camera. 2) Take a photograph. 3) Blog about it. 4) Laugh. 5) Repeat. She shares these tales at Dances with Chaos in order to preserve what tiny amount of sanity remains. You can also find her on her sister blog, Writing with Chaos (www.writingwithchaos.com) sharing memoir and engaging in her true love: fiction writing. It's cheaper than therapy.
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