This weekend Aubrey threw a party. She loves to play hostess (and to be honest I like to plan parties so together we make a good pair) so she puts together a shindig for her friends every now and again.
This year, for Halloween, she chose to go with a "phobia" themed party.
So we decorated our living room with all sorts of things that people are afraid of (you might be surprised some of the phobias that actually exist -- we have fun sorting through them all).
She asked each of her friends to come dressed up like something they are afraid of. We had lost of people do spider outfits (including Aubs) but some came dressed as death, a syringe for a shot, a faceless body and more (plus a couple football stragglers who came straight from practice so they were in their uniforms).
We prepped the food, the activities, the house, the other kids (have to make sure they have something fun to do so they don't end up in the middle of big sister's gig) and we were ready to rock!
The gang showed up. We played games that helped them face their fear of worms by digging them out of jello with their faces, their fear of performing by playing reverse charades, and their fear of public embarrassment by having Josh around to tease and torment them pretty much the whole time.
We then planned to watch "Arachnophobia" to continue on our "phobia" theme, but the kids decided they would rather face their fear of the dark so they went outside to play night games.
It was a lot of fun and I think Aubrey was pleased (which is sort of the point). This really is a great group of kids and I feel grateful that my daughter has chosen such great friends to spend her time with.
Halloween party: CHECK!