We managed yet another successful Halloween.
Way back when we had two children and before they started school, I used to have great fun planning Halloween costumes. But with each passing year, Halloween has become more of a chore, an obligation. Somehow we throw things together (usually at the sewing machine at midnight before their school parties) and they're ready on dress-up day. Then I see their excitement, and I end up thinking it's fun again, after all.
Without further ado, let me introduce this year's trick-or-treaters:
Old Man Mr. Beau-ski, a mummified Johnathan, and that Scallywag Swashbucklin' Pirate, Lilly.
Lilly, 9 yrs.
Last year she wanted to be a pirate, but I didn't have time to find the outfit, so she went as a cowgirl with all things we had on hand, instead.
Some black eye makeup completed her Jack-Sparrow's-long-lost-little-sister look.
We also had a mustache that she tried for fun, but it wouldn't stay on.
She spared her landlubbin' mother from walking the plank, since I was Cap'n of the vessel that aided her in capturing a great booty o' candy.
Beau, 6 years young, decided that he wanted to be an old man for Halloween. And it suited him perfectly.
While most of the little boys in his first grade class were monsters or ninjas or super heroes, Beau walked wobbly with his cane & told his teacher his name was Mr. Beau-ski. He's sweet on the ladies, this little old man.
I almost forgot - Mr. Beauski can dance, too.
Johnathan, 5th grade, has entered his final week as a 10 year old.
Johnathan & I were kicking around zombie ideas this past week.
We thought it would be easy, just some makeup. He was the best looking vampire I've ever seen a couple of years ago, doing his hair & makeup were a lot of fun.
But then I actually googled "zombies" and they are gross and gory and disgusting!
Our school had a no blood & violence rule we are very happy to follow.
So the night before Halloween, I persuaded Johnathan to let me mummify him.
He started falling apart a few times, but it added to the look. And I reminded him that everyone in northern MN has seen long johns before.
They had a good time at their parties in school. (Bless their teachers - what chaos!)
It's always a hurry, trick-or-treating on a school night, but we had fun.
Our teenagers have sat Halloween out for a few years now, but enjoy the candy that comes home.
We carved our pumpkins the night before - here they are!
'Til next year, this last minute costume designer says farewell!