Mine was very low key. I had an under rested baby on my hands that decided 5:30 was a prime bed time! Because of that the bigguns had to go trick or treating sans mama. Oh that tore at my heart! This is the first time for me to miss out, but daddy did the trick! And let's be honest- was probably a little more liberal with the candy allotment throughout the night! They all had a great time and fell into a tired heap on the living room floor afterwards.
My kids are so funny when it comes to costumes. Buddy will decide on something by mid-summer and stick to it. This year he wanted to be Link from The Legend of Zelda, Twilight Princess. It was a very easy costume to whip up and put together. Especially since John tackled the shield! He made it entirely from scratch (cut out of plywood and craft foam pieces for the details)!
I love this picture of him! This is his "please hurry and take the picture MOM!" face!
Moonpie is another story when it comes to costumes. She starts scheming in the summer, but we really never know until the night of. This year she decided on Princess Zelda in September. It seemed to stick so I started keeping an eye out for thrifted flower girl dresses. I even bought the the craft foam to mold her armor. And spent way too much time on various Comic-con websites devoted to Legend's of Zelda love. There seems to be a lot of it going around, by the way!
Mid-October she decided that she wanted to be Mulan, because "she's a warrior princess, and I want to be fierce". Love it! We dug out an old shirt of mine from China Town and some black pants. We whipped up a sheath for her sword and she was done! She wore that costume to the fall festival at church.
Well last night she wasn't exactly feeling Mulan-ish. She was feeling a bit more reserved and shy, so when she came out of her room this is what she was wearing:
I admire this girl of mine so much! Her ability to pull something together that feels "right" to her is inspiring, because she knows herself so well. That is an acquired skill for most, but she's been owning it since she was a toddler.
2011 2010 2009 (squee! Look at my tiny babies!)
What about your kids? Did you go all out for elaborate costumes this year, or stick to rummaging through the dress up chest?
ps- I have a give away coming soon! My very first one! Check back tomorrow!