Halloween snuck up on me this year. After a promising start to making Halloween costume accessories a couple weeks early, I stalled out and was hot gluing and safety pinning 20 minutes before trick-or-treating. Even Sairshe wasn’t keeping track of the days like she usually does leading up to a special event and was totally shocked when on Tuesday I asked her school friends what they were dressing up as the next day. “TOMORROW is Halloween, Mama?!” So that’s why she hadn’t been concerned about the lack of progress on the costumes.
We’ve had pumpkin carving parties in the past and usually love coming up with super creative designs. This year we didn’t get around to carving pumpkins at all until Monday and we crammed it into the short time between Mike coming home from work and eating dinner. Sairshe was the only one who really got into it and boy did she. She carved 3 jack-o-lantern faces that night (2 on one lucky pumpkin!) and 4th on a little pumpkin the next day after school. This was her first time doing it totally by herself. She just stabbed it with her knife and started sawing away.
Sairshe’s pumpkins are on the bottom, Mike went for a silly upside down face and I opted for something sort of celestial.
The girls were water and fire, inspired by this red velvet dress Sairshe spotted at the Goodwill. (For half a second Mike and I thought about dressing up as earth and wind to complete the set but seeing as we barely got the kids costumed that didn’t happen.) Sairshe’s dress had a zig-zag hem and gold flames that hung down from the sleeves. Her crown is made from red and gold glittery paper. Carys wore a tutu made by me and had a wave crown and water drops made from light blue glittery paper. Her candy bucket was a large plastic yogurt tub that Sairshe and I glued cotton balls onto. It was the perfect cloud accessory!
It’s been raining seemingly nonstop for days but the weather was awesome during trick-or-treating hours. We trick-or-treated with Sairshe’s good friend and Carys did her best to keep up with the big girls. In the end it was she who stole the show. Everyone thought her costume was adorable and she’d sign ‘thank you’ after getting a treat. People thought she was blowing kisses, which just added to the overall cuteness.
All the girls loved seeing the Halloween decorations at each house and, unlike the last several Halloweens, the kids weren’t scared by any costumes or decorations they saw. The candy was a hit, of course, but they decided to call it quits early because they were ready to go back home. The treat all 3 kids were most excited to dig into were the Cheetos and potato chips. In fact, the only time there were any tears was when Sairshe thought she didn’t get any Cheetos. I sure didn’t see that coming.
I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!!