I really love Halloween.
It’s sort of an odd fit, given that I’m a Christian and the holiday is a little, um, less-than-Christian. But who really thinks about the meaning of Halloween? (If you do, now would be an excellent time to not point that out to me.)
For me it’s all about the costumes. And the candy. And yes, even the decor, though I do abstain from witches and devils and the like.
I revel in the creative, fantastical nature of the day. In years past we have always done family themed costumes – last year we were all Superheroes, for example. But I started to feel that this was stifling the girls’ creativity. When they asked to do Toy Story this year I had to put my foot down. It’s such a cop-out! Grab some commercial movie and store-bought costumes? Please! We can do better than that!
Longing for the Halloweens of my youth, I wanted the girls to be more unique. I took them to the fabric store individually and let them choose their costume. They pored through the pattern books until they found that perfect, just-right costume idea, and then we chose the fabric to make their choices come to life.
Many dollars and many hours later, here is what we ended up with.
Annie chose Laura Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie):
(I realize now that I didn’t take any pictures of her by her herself. Whoops! So here she is with her friend Tramell – ie, the boy she plans to marry.)
Catie opted for Little Red Riding Hood – a pattern that (sadly) I had to modify quite a bit to remove the slutty factor. It’s bad enough that teenage girls dress this way – do we really have to encourage Kindergartners to do it as well? Prostitots.
Sorry – got sidetracked. The picture:
And Lilly picked a period dress – very Martha Washington. I was at a loss to explain why she might want to be Martha Washington, but I was happy to oblige.
It wasn’t until the dress was done and she was slipping on her fourth pettiskirt (to make it extra full) that I realized my mistake. “I Lificity!” she exclaimed. ‘A-ha!’ I thought.
For the rest of you that are still lost, that’s Lilly-speak for Felicity, the American Girl doll.
And the whole crew, heading out to Trunk-and-Treat.
And now we need a new home for the 15 pounds of candy they collected. They never eat it all! I’m sure we’re not the only ones who throw away Halloween candy a year later.
Oh – and the boo! Can’t forget the boo! Our neighborhood was late going this year, but the week before Halloween we were all out in full force. I love Booing!
And finally, I have to brag on my girls. Their school did a storybook pumpkin contest and Annie got Honorable Mention for her Magic School Bus:
And Catie won the ‘Most Original’ category!
And now I am thankful that this is all past us and I can relax start working on Christmas presents.
The fun never ends.