Here's how it went:
After class (and an mid-term exam, mind you) Me, Zoe, and Lauren went to the empty apartment flat by our professors and made around two hundred pumpkin cookies. That is correct: approximately two zero zero cookies. It took us a fair amount of time between the hand mixing and quadrupling the recipe and baking sheet after sheet and after sheet in only one oven... It was a process. Even getting the ingredients was a bit of a struggle. The pumpkin came from a wonderful American family in my ward who brought it back from the states for me! Talk about coming in clutch (they also brought me real gum, so truly they are just the most wonderful people). It turns out chocolate chips and spices are not a normal grocery store item...? In what world, right? But we found some at Wholes Foods and all was well.
|perks of making cookies in the empty flat?|
climbing out the window four stories up. (it's what all the cool kids do)
|What do we do while cookies are baking, you ask?|
Dance to One Direction of course.
|Did I mention this Halloween was London's RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE? 75 degrees and sunny.|
After dinner came the actual party. Now, living in London with 40 students who all happen to also love Harry Potter, there really was only one option for a Halloween party: Harry Potter (obvi). We each got on Pottermore (the website designed by JK Rowling) and took the 'sorting quiz.' Then we dressed in our house colors/other costumes and competed for the house cup! It was so so fun. Emotions definitely were running high as the points got closer and closer.. We played a couple classic team games, like get the Oreo from the centre of your forehead to your mouth with no help or hands, and then finished with Harry Potter Trivia.
Talk about intense.. Haha the best part was definitely seeing the different house personalities coming out as we played. Slytherin's were dressed in black, intense, slightly snarky (esp. towards Gryffindor), and had a touch of sass and pride to them. Gryffindor's were loud, full of team pride, competitive, and always a little too into the game. Ravenclaw's remained cool and collected, always knowing the answers and maintaining their ground. Hufflepuff's were just laughing, not really caring about the score, and some looked slightly confused as to what was going on. It was epic. What else would you do if you lived at school in London??
|Our awesome Centre facilitators|
After some calculating and final awarding of points, it was determined that Gryffindor did indeed win the house cup. (Please appreciate that we came from the bottom and knocked out Slytherin for it, just like the books/movies..)
|Gryffindor, Gryffindor, GRYFFINDOR|
**cheering voice/table banging**
|champions of the cooking making|
|Harry and Hermione?|
|After party festivities: Pumpkin Carving!|
Love Always, Aimee
|I'm Harry. Harry Potter.|
Me: "Wait. Why are we holding pumpkins?"
Laur: "It's Halloween; just go with it"