Reverse Trick or Treating Halloween Party

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One of the reasons I started this blog was to share my passion of bucket lists and thoughtful traditions with you.

In October 2015, before this blog was even an idea, I had recently adopted my 4 year old son Gabriel. It was in one of the busiest seasons of my event planning business and I had just completed the first quarter with of my second business, Bridalpreneur.

I want to share this blog post I wrote on my Bridalpreneur blog to give you a little insight on the birth of our bucket lists, as well as share this special day with you. I was too tired and too pregnant to host a reverse trick or treat party last year but I can’t wait to start planning for this year’s special party. 

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October. Oh October.

Let’s be honest. Is it over yet? I know that is what many Bridalpreneurs are thinking.

Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do and I truly love each of the clients we get to work with it just happens we work with a lot of clients during this busy season and it can be a little overwhelming at times.

I have really tried to be intentional this month to make sure that I am giving the best version of myself to my clients and to my family.

I shared with you my October Bucket List and we are having so much fun making some of these activities come to life.  One of the things that didn’t make the list but I really wanted to do was host a “Reverse Trick or Treating Halloween Party”.

“Reverse Trick or Treating” is an act of giving treats instead of getting them! I thought this would be a fun way to teach my little guy about giving and how much more fun it can be to give than to receive. I also knew it would put a smile on the faces of the residents of the nursing home we visited and I love being able to give back to our community even in small ways.

We invited a few of our friends over and asked everyone to dress up in their Halloween costume. We enjoyed breakfast and of course some candy, ok lots of candy and then made little treat bags for the residents. Our specialty drink was “witches brew” and it was a hit. I added a little dry ice to a cauldron and everyone watched the magic happen! The kids loved it and it was pretty yummy too!

After enjoying our treats, we loaded up the kids and headed to a local nursing home. As soon as we entered, we were welcomed with ooh’s and ahh’s because all the kids looked adorable! We were not allowed to take photos inside but I think we all had a wonderful time. It was such a joy to see the residents faces light up when the kids handed them their goodies and it was heart warming to see the kids being cheerful givers.

Yesterday was a really special day for me as a new mom. I throw hundreds of celebrations every year but today was the first party I hosted just for my little guy. I know he probably didn’t care about the details or the little touches that make a party just right, but his anticipation for the party, the excitement he had when he woke up this morning to all the decorations and the fun he had with his friends eating candy was such a memorable moment for me. I will cherish it forever and hope to make this a tradition that we do every year.

As we approach the final weeks of October, I encourage you to stay focused, say ‘yes’ to only the things that matter most and make sure you are being intentional with your time so that you can be the best version of yourself for your clients and your family.

table with food

TABLE SHOT WITH LEAVES

CUPCAKES AND PECAN LARGE VIEW

CLOSE UP OF CUPCAKES WITH SPIDER

CLOSE UP OF PECAN PIE WITH LABEL

YOGURT CUPS CLOSE UP

YOGURT AND CUPCAKES STYLED VIEW

CLOSE UP OF CUPCAKES AND CAUTION

LARGE VIEW OF MILK

spider donuts

DETAIL TABLE SHOT WITH CHAIR AND PLACE SETTING

CLOSE UP OF PLACE SETTING

CLOSE UP OF CANDY IN BUCKET

KINZEY AS CINDERELLA

GABRIEL LOOKING INSIDE BUCKET

JACK AS IRON MAN

SMOKE WITH TABLE IN BACKGROUND

SMOKE FROM BUCKET

kids dressed upgabriel ninja turtle