YOU GUYS. Halloween is in 78 days. While this doesn’t seem like a day that’s looming around the corner I assure you, dear friends, it will sneak up on us! It will be autumn before we know it (even if, in Texas, it will still feel like summer) and then BAM! Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday and one that my family takes very seriously. We treat the day as if it were Christmas with regards to decorations and the food. Every year, we go to my dad’s house and have a potluck fit for any major holiday except instead of pie for our dessert? CANDY! And pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies with thick, orange icing, homemade haystacks, and really, I could go on but now I’m starving and craving some sweets. Thanks, self!
Every year, Jacob and I try to come up with costume ideas that create a theme. Our first Halloween together, we created an 80s-inspired hair band called The Sexy Pistol Whippers. We even had tee shirts made up with a logo that Jacob created and handed them out at a huge costume party we attended. Jacob resembled Slash and me? I looked like a ginger Lita Ford. Or maybe a chubby Pat Benatar. Then, we went as a surgeon and a zombie obstetrician complete with a two-headed mutant baby prop that freaked out my mom. Epic. I attended my sister’s Halloween-themed baby shower dressed this way. It was a huge hit albeit a little morbid.
For our first Halloween as a family of three, Jacob dressed as the surgeon again while I was some random broad in a crazy pink wig. We didn’t put much thought into it that year since money was tight and I guess it snuck up on us. Avery’s costume was awesome, though. She went as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and she was so cute. My mom and I made the costume the day before Halloween. In 2010, Jacob dressed as Jesus (with a beard like that it’s inevitable that he’d dress as the big guy and I don’t mean Santa), I went as the devil, and Avery was a pumpkin. Okay, that isn’t a theme. Maybe we suck at themes. But every little kid has to be a pumpkin at some point. Last year, Jacob went as Han Solo and Avery was Yoda. I was supposed to be Princess Leia but the white dress my mom whipped up for me made me look huge and since I resembled Jaba the Hutt over the Princess I opted to bail on our Star Wars-themed costume idea. Instead, I dressed as Rosie the Riveter. I looked adorable.
This year, since we are adding another member to our family who will need a costume, we decided that a Dr. Seuss theme would be perfect. Avery is currently obsessed with reading Dr. Seuss books. She doesn’t have all of them but her collection grows exponentially every time I swing by the second-hand book store. I think it would be so much fun if Jacob dressed as the Cat in the Hat while Avery and Filbert went as Thing 1 and Thing 2. The “Thing” costume would be easy to make and comfortable for a newborn baby to wear. Instead of a big blue wig I can always get or make a blue knit beanie with some super-fluffy yarn. As for my costume? I guess I could go as Sally, one of the children from the book. That would be a simple costume of pigtails and a blue romper. I can’t really get too crazy since my costume will have to be easy to nurse in as well as hold a tiny bebeh all evening. I can probably incorporate my Moby wrap into the costume too since it’s light blue. And, I haven’t forgotten about our sweet little dog, Dude! He will OF COURSE be the voice of reason from the book- The Fish. He hated wearing a harness-style collar so I’m sure keeping a costume on him all night will be futile. It’ll be worth it for a photograph and then I’ll leave him alone.
Doesn’t that sounds so damn cute? I am already looking online for how to make all of the costumes as well as getting spooky home decor ideas. Seriously, it’s the most wonderful time of the year and even before I had children I loved Halloween. I know that a lot of people stop celebrating once they get too old to trick-or-treat but I guess I missed the memo on that! I think that dressing up and having fun with your friends (but nothing dangerous, of course!) is what Halloween is all about. I mean, that’s not what it’s REALLY about but aside from the historical meaning of Halloween having fun is the objective.
Okay, and the candy. By the first week of November I will have eaten my weight in candy corn and had no regrets.
(Super sorry for the shitty photo quality. We don’t seem to spend much time taking photos during the Halloween festivities so the ones we do get tend to be a little blurry. I blame the pumpkin-flavored beer for that.)