Or hey, maybe not. But regardless, this is certainly not that day! Especially considering I can hardly sew.
This year for Halloween costumes, the kids and I headed over to a thrift store (after a day of autumn yard work), where I told the kids they could each have up to 5$ to spend on costume items. I explained that they were welcome to look on the rack of actual costumes but my recommendation would be to use a little creativity and scour the entire store.
So they did, and it was a lot of fun!
Obviously this picture does not show the results of our outing. It does however represent our traditional family night pumpkin carving activity. This year our pumpkins were spooky green (thanks to Kevin's great friend at work ... actually thanks to friend's garden).
Here we are all together in costume, geared up for our annual ward trunk-or-treat. Since Joseph does not make it into any additional pictures, I will point out here that he is an adorable, chubby robot bug. Shortly after arriving, our poor cute little robot vomited all over the gym floor, and in front of many a person trying to consume their potluck dinner:). He ended up spending the evening at home with Grandma--thanks, Loo.
Kevin and I may appear to be hockey fans, but we are in fact Canadians, although Kevin is missing his furry hat in all the pics ... got too hot, I guess.
Brooks obviously did find his cool Iron Man costume right on the Halloween rack. It was perfect because he already had Iron Man's battery charged heart (see round thingy on his chest) and helmet to go with it. Although, admittedly he refused to wear the helmet;). Yeah, yeah, you're cute.
James was an eclectic ninja spy with this hooded black snake shirt thing that he found. He also wore a Jedi robe that we had at home and pin, tucked, and tied all kinds of daggers and other weapons to the inside.
Porter wanted to be Wolverine from the beginning. Since I knew coming up with an x-men-type suit would be difficult, I encouraged him to go with the lumberjack Wolverine theme. He found this great thermal shirt, grew out his hair a little, and added in the balloon muscles and "dog tags" at the last minute. Despite how he looks in the picture, he actually did have a great time (I think he's in character here:).
And then there's Mae who couldn't wait to be a gymnast. My always-creative sweetheart picked out a dazzling, construction-sign orange, circus meets disco unitard (such a fun word, right?). She wore it and wore it and wore it any chance she could get! But then, on the big day, she opted for a leotard I had recently purchased for the start of her actual gymnastics classes. Paired with tights and leg warmers to keep her toasty, and cute pink hair accessories, some might say (and did ... you know who you are;) that she looked more like an 80s aerobics fanatic than an actual gymnast. Either way, she was perfect ...
... even with a mouth full of white powdered donut. Grandma D obviously agrees.
Here is my fellow Canadian trying to maintain order for an insane round of piñata swatting ... I'm thinking this may have been the piñatas first and only year at the trunk-or-treat.
And here we are back at home counting and sorting candy. Best part of the evening, right?
For the actual night of Halloween we (most of us at least) met up with some friends and toured around their community. It was one of those neighborhoods straight out of a Halloween movie--mass decorations and tons of people hitting the sidewalks. We had a great time and are so appreciative of wonderful friends, not to mention those unique individuals willing to rent an entire storage unit for the sole purpose of housing mass holiday decorations (not that Halloween is a holiday)... which we then benefit from.
As a side note, this was the first year we let Porter go off on his own (along with a friend) for an independent evening of crazily running from house to house begging for candy. Kind of a bittersweet foreshadowing of things to come.
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