I love this time of year. There is a noticeable a change in the air (not just referring to the temperature). You can feel the holidays approaching. And it is so exciting!!Growing up I always loved Halloween. I would start planning at the beginning of September what I was going to dress up as. After that, it was all about the candy. That was truly the best part. I grew up in a golf coarse community and everyone in my town and the neighboring town would go trick or treating there. We had a bunch of those houses where people gave away the full sized candy bars. So. Awesome.
When we got home, my brother and I would dump out our bounty. Then we would go through and do some trading. I always did my best to make my candy last, because once it was gone, it was gone. I may or may not have learned a lesson or two about eating candy in moderation…
There was about 15 years there where Halloween lost its luster. I was too old to go trick or treating, I didn’t have kids, and I wasn’t much of a partier. In college, I went to my share of Halloween swing dances, but that was about it. Any older than that with no kids, Halloween means get dressed up, go out and get toasted.
Now that I have kiddos, it has become so exciting again! I get to make costumes! We get to go to fun little parties (that, yes, half the time result in crappy toys and gross candy, but sometimes, you get the good candy-and the kids have a blast!) And we get to go trick or treating!!!
Since my daughter was one, we’ve gone trick or treating at the businesses in our old town with my friend and her daughter. I like the idea of going from business to business because you don’t have to worry
as much about sketchy people and questionable candy.
Every year after trick or treating, after the kids go to bed, my husband and I dump out their bags. Then we get to make some decisions. First we go through and get rid of the stuff we don’t let our kids eat. You know, gumballs, gobstoppers, jawbreakers, etc. Then we take turns choosing what we want to keep for ourselves-don’t worry, as we’re doing that, each kid gets a pile too!
Doing things this way, the kids still get plenty of candy that they “worked hard” for, and my husband and I get in on the action. Oh, yeah, and the kids aren’t getting a years worth of sugar in the span of a week.
Now for the costumes! I am not much of a crafty person. Lord help me, I try. I am a mommy blogger, after all. But when I get an idea in my head about making something, like a costume, I go all in. It has been such a blast making my kids’ costumes! I love figuring out what I need to get to make them, and I LOVE going to Goodwill and Value Village to do the shopping. There is nothing more exciting than buying supplies with a fantastic idea in mind not knowing whether it will actually work or not. Anyone else feel that way, or is it just me?
Here is a peek into our last three years of costumes. I didn’t make all of them, but the ones I didn’t make, you can pretty much tell what I did. Except for the Ariel costume, that one got it’s own post (mostly because I was blogging by then…)Z was a fairy. I didn’t make this one. In fact, I was rather lazy with this one, we just happened to have it….(2012)My little R2-D2! He was almost 4 months old-and yes, he was big. (2013)My sweet girl was Little Red Riding Hood. I made the skirt and the hooded cape. She also had a cute basket and a corset that she was no longer using. Her friend Z was Amelia Earhart-so adorable, I know!!(2013)Ariel!! I loved how this one turned out, she was so darling. But. A word to the wise. When making/deciding on a costume, keep in mind what they’ll be doing. Walking around all over the place collecting candy! If I had thought it through, I would have made it more conducive for that. This costume was thrashed by the end of the night-and it was not comfortable for her to walk in (only because of the length.)(2014)This one I had nothing to do with. To be honest, I think the Ariel costume really took it out of me. (2014)
As for this year, I have no idea what the kids are going to be. With my little guy, I still get to choose, because he could care less.
My girl, on the other hand, has changed what she wants to be for Halloween many times. She finally settled on one, and stuck with it for a long time. I started to get really excited about it too because I was getting ideas on how to execute it. Then yesterday, like it was nothing, she crushed my dreams and has changed it once again. I will give her one week to finally decide, then I will have to get cracking!
What do you like to do for Halloween? Do your kiddos dress up and go trick or treating? Do you like to make their costumes or buy them?