I was trying to remember when I stopped Trick-or-Treating. We spent the Halloween of my sixth grade on vacation in Washington D.C., so I know I didn’t do it then. And I’m thinking that I never did it again after that. There used to be a bit of unwritten rule as the age of “13” being the cut-off age for asking for candy. Even I, as a new parent with very little ones, wondered about the adult sized “kids” that would ring the bell on Halloween. But then as my kids started getting older, and as more and more older kids came to our door in full costume, well I decided that all kids should be able to just be kids for as long as they want. As long as they put a little effort into a costume and have good manners, well then I say “let them eat chocolate!” Because if they don’t eat it, Lord knows I will eat it all.
Eloise was Audrey Hepburn this year. She’s had it planned out for months. We went to Goodwill and found her dress and gloves, tiara and jewelry. She borrowed my shoes and wore a fur cape that we had in our costume bin. And no, she’s not wearing any make-up but on her eyes and lips…because yes, her skin really is that creamy and amazing. I think she’d make a perfect Snow White one of these years. She was stunning. And yes went door to door for awhile in those shoes…until wisely changing into her ballet flats.
Esther was a Hippie from the 60s. Or maybe Julie the American Girl Doll. She had a hard time deciding on a costume this year and honestly we ended up at Goodwill on Friday searching for ideas and put together this whole outfit at one store for about $12.00. It’s perfect on her. Now she just needs a cool VW bus.
Astrid was a leopard. She was suppose to be a black and white bunny – and we even had all of the fabric to make it. But a few weeks ago she found Esther’s old leopard costume while digging through the bins in the attic. And voila – she wanted to be a leopard. I love it on her – and also love that she can just pull on her cozy black UGGs to to keep warm during the cool nights we have here now.
I was Rosie the Riveter. I’ve been dressing up for the past few years and love the new tradition – no matter the strange looks I get at times – or the extreme embarrassment of my children. I love seeing more and more adults dressing up now! My costume is actually a rejected dance costume from the girls’ studio. For $10 – it was a steal and worked out perfectly!
We spent today resting after the stress of getting it all put together. And now we EAT ALL OF THE CHOCOLATE!!!
Happy November, friends. Maybe you’ll see me around here a little more this month.
Miss you. xo