Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Chills and Thrills LOPEZ Style!

Around my house, Halloween is treated like it is one of the most important days of the year! My husband and youngest daughter LOVE LOVE LOVE scary decorations, out of the ordinary and downright spooky costumes and trinkets. Ever since the kids were little, costumes and trick or treating have been THE most talked about items in our home during this season.  Now with our son away at college, our youngest daughter in Texas for boot camp, and the oldest one planning her January wedding, Halloween is a really sad time of year for Art and I!! We took out all of the boxes of decorations, yes, I did say BOXES!! But only took out a few favorites as the whole process made us sad.  Carly has only been away for Air Force boot camp for a week, so maybe in a few weeks we will feel more like decorating! For now, we have settled ourselves with indulging in good treats this season! For us AND our students!

My favorite costumes were always the ones the kids came up with that meant something to them! My son just had to be a camouflaged soldier. Art spent about an hour drawing on his face. Artie looked at himself for at least half an hour which made the time spent so totally worth it!

Missing one of Carly so I have to look again tonight! These are the days that I miss and that went by sooooooooooooooooooooo fast!!! Don't blink all of you mommas out there with little ones.. they will be all grown before you know it! I better get on with my blogging here before I water log my keyboard!!

I am excited to be participating in the The Teaching 2 Step's Halloween Bash 2014! This will definitely get me in the mood for fun and festivities!

Do you love making treats? When the kids were little there was always some activity, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, School,  where they needed to take something to share. My kids were always so excited about caramel apples!!! Love them, too! And now people are so creative at decorating them with all kinds of sprinkles, chocolate chips, and sugary goodies!


  • 6 apples
  • craft sticks               
  • 1 (14-oz.) package caramels
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  •  Sprinkles, chocolate chips, crushed vanilla wafers, etc.                                

  • Preparation

    1. Remove the stems from apples after washing and drying them.
    2. Stick craft sticks into the middle of the core from one end.
    3. Microwave caramels, vanilla extract, and water until melted,
    4.  Stirring every 30 seconds or so to keep from burning.
    5. Dip apples into the caramel mixture, then roll or sprinkle on the extra goodies.
    6.  Place apples on wax paper that has been lightly greased so that they are standing up.  
    7. Chill or let set before serving.

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    1. Hang in there! It really never gets easy for your kids to grow up and move away, but it does get easier. Plus, look at all of your crazy pictures; what great memories!!

      1. Thanks Lori!! I was afraid of that!! There are moments that I really enjoy just having my husband and our pets, but then there are those moments... arghh!!! Thanks for stopping by! I am glad to know I have others to commiserate with!


    2. Oh my Susan, I understand how you feel. My oldest graduates this year, and my younger one is a freshman. They do grow sooooo fast, and I don't like it one bit. Where in Texas is your daughter (I'm a Texas girl)?
      Thanks for participating,
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      1. Hi Karen,

        My daughter is in San Antonio at the Air Force base near by and my son is in eastern Texas in Tyler finishing up his senior year of college playing baseball! Only our eldest is home but only for a few months. She is getting married end of January! Seems surreal most days! Thanks for swinging by!


    3. These are such great ideas and so cute! Thank you for sharing! I want you to know I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog here to gain information about it. (This is not spam or anything like that... it's for new bloggers.)