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Having a daughter who was born in October is fun. We've done a variety of activities for her birthday party, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, apple-themed parties and more.  This year my youngest, Little Pea,  wanted a Halloween themed birthday party. I've always steered her away from that because we try not to embrace the more sinister side of the fall holiday. This year, I decided to loosen up a little, and we just had some goofy fun with it! We had the most amazing party with seven 7-year-olds, two older sisters (9 and 11) and an older friend (11). I'm sharing each aspect of the party in this post, along with original sources, if available. The Food  1. Witch Hat Cookies  I made a few examples of the witch hat cookies, and then let the kids create them as one of our activities. These are amazing kid-friendly snacks; they were easy to make and yummy. I found these on Pinterest and tried to find the original source (Pinterest is not a source). This Witch Hat Cookie tutorial … [Read More...]

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