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Oct 20, 201710:20 AM
Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans

Modern Party Time

Halloween party planning is actually the scariest part of the holiday.

Once upon a time, I was a camp counselor. I started at age 12 as a CIT at St. Martin’s Little School Little Camp and finished my career as the head counselor at the Contemporary Arts Center’s performing arts camp. I then went on to tutor at several elementary schools in college as part of AmeriCorps.

I learned a lot of silly songs, pulled a lot of loose teeth, and cultivated the skill of yelling at other people’s children.

Even now, I will sometimes see unattended children running when they shouldn’t be, and a part of my brain twitches and wakes up and bellows, “WALK PLEASE!”

And yet, now I find myself facing the job of planning a Halloween party for Georgia’s kindergarten class, and suddenly, I am paralyzed with anxiety.

First of all, I don’t even know what games are allowed anymore.

Bobbing for apples seems extremely unhygienic.

Duck Duck Goose is a perfect way for someone to break an ankle.

Piñatas are possibly cultural appropriation.

Also, I’m not sure about food.

We don’t have peanut allergies in the classroom, but we do have them in the school, so we need to be careful.

Cupcakes are loaded with sugar and artificial everything.

The vegan kids can’t eat any of the finger sandwiches.

Juice is just empty calories and leads to tooth decay, and I should probably just do water, but then I feel like I need to make cute labels for the water bottles, right?

And then there are class favors.

I want something original but not so original that there isn’t a printable of it on Etsy.

I don’t want to add even more sugar to their day, but I also can’t be the lame mom giving everyone raisins (which are essentially posion) or toothbrushes.

Georgia wants to hand out packages of “Scream of Wheat,” but that’s really weird because no one eats Cream of Wheat anymore, do they? And also I don’t want to have to design the label myself, and also also she’s going to change her mind about 25 more times between now and Halloween.

Kids were so much easier when they were someone else’s kids.

If you have any Halloween party tips or suggestions, please leave them in the comments. I need all the help I can get. 



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Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans


        Eve is further proof, if any is needed, that New Orleans girls can never escape the city. After living here since the age of 3 and graduating from Ben Franklin High School, Eve moved to Columbia, Mo., where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Missouri School of Journalism and became truly, unhealthily obsessed with grammar.She had originally intended to strike out to New York City and work in the cutthroat magazine industry there, but after Katrina, Eve felt a strong pull to return home, to her roots, her family, her waterlogged and struggling city – and a much more forgiving work atmosphere that would allow her to skip a routine of everyday makeup and size 0 designer label business suits and enjoy the occasional cocktail or three with an absurdly fattening lunch. She moved back home in January 2008 and lives in Mid-City with her two daughters, Ruby and Georgia; her stepson, Elliot; and her husband, Robert Peyton.Eve blogs about the joys and struggles of living in post-Katrina New Orleans, the unique problems and delights of raising a child in such a diverse and challenging city – including her experiences with the public education system – and her always entertaining and extremely colorful family.Eve has won numerous writing awards, including the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for column-writing and Press Club of New Orleans awards for her Editor’s Note in New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and for this blog, most recently winning the award for "Best Feature Affiliated Blog."She welcomes comments, advice, empty flattery, recipes, drink invitations and – most especially – grammatical or linguistic debates.




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