I’m not sure any of the holidays requires more planning for us than Halloween does.I resolved from the very beginning that I would never buy new Halloween costumes, so what the boys dress up as depends both on their creativity and what we can find at the thrift store and around the house. Costumes were easier when they were smaller. Cute costumes were plentiful and they didn’t have an opinion about what they dressed up as so I could choose what I liked. Now my dear big boys are no longer satisfied to dress up as cute animals or even superheroes. Now they want to be scary or creepy and costumes are harder to come by. But still we managed to pull it off.
Jack wanted to be a werewolf, but settled for a wolf costume. He was only slightly exasperated to be taken for an anteater by multiple people.
Isaac decided to be a mummy. After a trial run at the YMCA where we went in costume and he quickly came unwrapped, he chose a back up costume to wear all day at school. He put together a Jedi robe and a top hat with some black jeans and went as Death Stalker–a villain from Marvel Comics. We made the mummy costume more secure for trick or treating Friday night.
Stephen dressed as an alien. He designed his antennas and ray gun himself.
Gabriel dressed as a skeleton. He made his own mask, but it squished his nose. We found one at the thrift store for 50 cents. It was a bit scary for my preference, but he liked it. At the Y he traded his mask for a pumpkin face.
Sebastian was still happy to be a cute, though fierce, dinosaur. He did a good bit of growling and pretend scratching.
We carved pumpkins. Jack had ask the neighbors for work and one of them gave him $5 and told him to carve an angry pumpkin face. He drew it out on card stock and traced it carefully on his pumpkin. Gabriel and Sebastian chose a cat face which turned out well. Isaac and Stephen’s pumpkin got a Superman sign. None of them are very enthusiastic about getting messy cleaning out the pumpkins, but there was less fuss than previous years. Sebastian didn’t complain. He just held his nose as he scooped it out.
On Friday we joined Red Mountain for excursion day. We shared our costumes and paraded to Avondale Library for a Halloween story and then journeyed to Oak Hill cemetery where a wonderful guide told us interesting stories of people who were buried there. We enjoyed lunch at the park with everyone before coming home. It was a beautiful day and we had such fun seeing all our schoolmates and teachers dressed up.