Monday, January 18, 2010


Halloween was fabulous.  Every year David and I say that we are going to be smart the next year and plan our costumes in advance. Somehow, every year we end up waiting until the day of the party to throw something together.

David went as Kenny Powers from Eastbound and Down and I was the swine flu.

We did a little pre-gaming at our friend's house then headed to the ultimate Halloween party, Spooktacular, thrown by an ortho resident and his wife at their home.  The party was incredible -- Haley had to have spent a week decorating, but it was time well spent.  They had it all... smoke machine, spider webs, bats, black pumpkins.

There were lots of creepy treats...

I made some zombie dogs for the occasion...

Hint:  You can find great, creative recipes on  These were simple -- all you need are crescent rolls, cheese slices, hot dogs, and mustard.

We had a great time hanging out with friends and seeing everyone's costumes.  Every year I'm amazed at the new costume ideas.

Even Bruno made an appearance...

Neither of us had to work the next day on Halloween.  Trying to explore our city a little more we went to Red Butte Garden, Utah's Botanical Garden and Arboretum.  Located just a mile or so from our home, it was an easy place to spend our afternoon.  The Garden is beautiful and in the summer they frequently have outdoor concerts.

That night David, myself and another couple went to Nightmare on 13th Street -- voted one of the scariest haunted attractions in America by the Travel Channel.  It was terrifying, but very cool.  Every year they begin working on decorations and attractions starting February 1st. It has been open for 20 years, but they always change atleast 1/2 of it each season.

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