Another October has come and gone, and with it - Halloween. I'd been scheming of ways we could bypass Halloween this year with some fun alternative thing instead. My brainstorming involved a pool for the kids to swim in and a book for me to read.
was highly appealing.
Then at the last minute, enthusiasm kicked in and I worked impromptu the day of Halloween to create
costumes for the kids.
Lilly chose to be Pippi Longstocking.
We had fun getting her braids to stick out. Amazingly, they stayed the whole evening.
We rummaged closets for Pippi attire and I sewed a smock in short order, cut from an old denim slipcover. My sewing is crude. I don't have the patience to follow a pattern. But for quick creative hacks on Halloween.. it works!
Beau announced last minute he was going to be a golfer. (All
October he'd talked only of being spy.)
Some argyle, his favorite beard, a golf club from the garage (none of us golf.. I have no idea where they came from) and
he was set.
Pippi of the North Woods and Golf Legend Man
Some friends had invited us to join them trick-or-treating. We had a wonderful time!
This was our first time ever trick-or-treating door to door in town. (The kids' and my own!)
We'd only gone to rural friends, family and neighbors all our years before.
We hit up some fun neighborhoods with houses and yards decorated to all degrees. It was fun seeing the costumes lining the sidewalks. The kids got a haul of treats. Only a few people said Golf Legend Man looked too old for trick-or-treating. ;) All in all - a very family friendly, festive Halloween evening.
Due to timing, we missed Marianne for the first time in our Halloween history as her neighbor. (17 years!) She was anxious to see what goblins or get-ups we'd have this year, so we agreed to stop the next day.
Johnathan had decided to sit this Halloween out, but we convinced him to don a little disguise just for Marianne.
We weren't going to attempt Pippi hair again, so improvised once more. Lilly became an art museum thief, wearing her brother's too-big shoes and all. Her sneakers are all too brightly colored.
Stoic Aviator, The Mona Lisa Bandit, and the return of Golf Legend Man.
We hopped in
the Ranger and were off. It looked like I was traveling with a bunch of incognito robbers on some great heist this All Hallows Day.
The Aviator in charge of navigation:
Golf Legend Man holds onto his hat.
And the Mona Lisa Bandit rides shotgun as she cooks up a scheme.
Marianne loved it.
These are all phone photos. I recently took pictures of the kids with my actual camera. Will share soon.
I often wonder why we celebrate Halloween.
Then I'm reminded once again that I'm pretty sure we do it to have fun.
And we did.
Peace, Love, and Strange Traditions,
PS: I just spent some time looking back at Halloweens past.. I'm noticing a definite tend in my last minute enthusiasm and preparation!
Happy Trails in 2014
An Old Man, a Mummy, and a Pirate, 2013
Moonlighting as a Costume Designer in 2012 (Featuring That Totally Creepy Carrot!)
A Gnome, Vampire, and Wizard, Last Minute in 2011