Thursday, September 4, 2008

Halloween Party??

For about 4 years now I have pocketed this little treasure of a teen Halloween party idea (thanks to my cousin Sue!). When her son was about Damon's age she rented a 15-passenger van, stocked it with candy, waters (pop was too sticky!), tunes and had "concert-type" t-shirts made with a list of all the haunted houses they were going to visit that night on the back and a logo on the front. How seriously fun is that for a group of teenagers?!? She invited half girls and half boys....I'm not sure Damon would admit to which girls he would invite, so it may be all boys. I really want to try and pull this off this year....here's my issue : Have you checked out the cost of some of the haunted houses in the area?!? Approximately $10 per person (at a minimum). That's $130 for one haunted house! One stop isn't much of a "concert t=shirt!" That's not including pizza, t-shirts, van rental. Yes, I could scale back and just use our van and invite 5 kids, but that just doesn't seem as cool. Any thoughts?

This also inspires me to want to have a party, really not just a Halloween party, but any party! If we EVER move (oh the saga, I wish I was wired differently), I am totally finding a house that is set-up to have some serious parties. This is one of the main characteristics I look for, of course there are others, but this one is big. 

School update : Still going amazingly well. ~~knock on wood~~ No fights to do homework, read, practice vocab/Spanish. It's a GIANT change from last year, but I am loving it and already talking monetary reward to Damon since this is his "job" right now. To those of you that think paying your kids for good grades is ridiculous....seriously, it's worth it to save all the fights, arguing and sleepless nights by his completely worried, stressed, worn out mother. He is going to football, starting his homework, eating supper, finishing his homework all without a fight.He whines a little if we don't pick him up from football practice because apparently the 3 block walk is just too far after a tough practice. But otherwise.....It's peacefully wonderful. 

3 comments:

MadKanga said...

Okay, I've always wanted to have a Goodwill party so maybe you should have one and I'll come. It's where you require people to wear clothes from the Goodwill. Totally funny. I went to one with my friends and we all had a blast. But, I think it'd be just as fun to do it now that I'm a little older. You see the funniest outfits! I've also heard of a scavenger party- similar to what you did at the fair, but you just go in town to random houses asking for tampons, pigs feet in a jar, etc. very fun. okay, for halloween party- maybe you pay for one house and they pay for one house so you're at least going to two houses? On the invite, you could write down the charge for one house. food/drinks for the van would be cheap and you're not renting a van. why don't you and terry both drive- that would mean he could invite more. if you had to, girls could be in your car, boys in theirs? or, after one house, you go back to your house and do something fun? like a horror movie in the basement? those are my thoughts...

grae said...

I totally want to have a Goodwill party! That's a fantastic idea!

Okay, but how fun would a 15-passenger van be?!?! We'll see, I've enlisted Ethan's mom...she can either help offset the cost OR possibly figure out how were going to get the kids to pay for their entry. It's either that or you start sending me a lot more freelance jobs! ;)

fritzfamily said...

I love both ideas. I have heard of the scavenger party too - wouldn't that be fun to do in your neighborhood? Also, my van is available for a party (for a fee, of course)...so keep that in mind.