Are You Ready for Halloween?


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I can't believe Halloween is less than a week away. It's scary how time flies! But I think we're ready: house is decorated, the candy has been purchased, and most important of all, we have their costumes put together.

Costumes are my favorite part of Halloween. I guess I'm just a big kid at heart; I love to dress up, and Halloween gives perfectly sane and subdued adults complete license to let go and be any character they want to be, no matter how silly, nutty or scary. At every Halloween party I've ever thrown, I ask the grownups to wear costumes, and despite some initial misgivings, they all let their hair down and end up having a great time.


Now that I have a family, Halloween is five times better than it was before, because not only do I get to dress myself up in costume, I have four other people to plan costumes for! Not that I'm the Halloween police chief or anything like that. When the kids were babies I did choose their costumes, but now that they're bigger they get complete freedom to choose their costumes -- although I do admit to trying to nudge their preferences one way or another, depending on which costumes happen to be on sale or whether I can coordinate the whole family's costumes. Most years we end up with an eclectic collection of costumes, but on one or two years the stars have aligned and blessed me with 3 kids who actually want to be the same thing for Halloween. One year we were all Disney characters, and last year we were all pirates, which was great for the photos.

This year the kids' interests have converged once again; they've all decided to be scary creatures for Halloween. The Pea and her best friend have decided to be vampire twins, and this year, instead of buying a costume, she wants to put one together herself. At first I was really happy at the thought of not having to spend a huge amount of money on a costume -- until she came to me with a list of all the clothes and accessories she claims she needs to look like a real vampire. Capes, necklaces, fake fangs, fake blood, makeup, tights, skirts.... vampires would need to live forever in order to amass enough money to be able to afford a getup like The Pea is planning!

The boys are going to be skeletons, but not ordinary skeletons, oh no. Apparently plain old skeletons just don't cut it with the 6-year-old set anymore. Jammy is going to be a skeleton rocker; he's got an awesome mask with bones sticking up on the top of the skull, like a skeletal punk rock hairdo. 3Po is a zombie skeleton:


It looks like Alfie and I are going to be zombies this Halloween too. Because how can I resist the opportunity to pose for great Halloween family photos?



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47 comments, leave yours here:

daveg0929 on October 26, 2010 at 1:46 PM said...

We'll be the werewolf family

Haven on October 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM said...

I won't be wearing anything! I'll be watching scary shows! :)

Haven on October 26, 2010 at 4:25 PM said...

tweeted

http://twitter.com/HavensTwit/status/28835997850

injaynesworld on October 26, 2010 at 4:39 PM said...

I thought of going without makeup and pretending to be Kathy Gifford.
jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

injaynesworld on October 26, 2010 at 4:41 PM said...

I Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Jayne_Martin

Anonymous said...

My daughter wants to be vampires so that is what we will be.

MCantu1019@aol.com

JC on October 26, 2010 at 10:12 PM said...

DDs want to be princess, they're into everything royal, pink and princess at this stage.

JC on October 26, 2010 at 10:12 PM said...

blogged.http://tcarolinep.blogspot.com/2010/10/giveaway-bonggamom-finds_26.html

JC on October 26, 2010 at 10:13 PM said...

tweet.http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/28862310516

mmburdette22 on October 27, 2010 at 5:42 AM said...

I am going to be a clown for Halloween. Pretty simple: colorful pants and top, a big bright bow tie, some floppy shoes, and of course…a big red nose. It is a fun costume that I wear every few years when I can’t think of anything else.

Danielle on October 27, 2010 at 7:15 AM said...

I'm not dressing up but my boys will be a transformer and a pirate.
dgoodridge84@yahoo.com

Mami2jcn on October 27, 2010 at 7:26 AM said...

My sons will be Iron Man and a Blue Crayon, while my daughter will be Snow White.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Christine on October 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM said...

No costume. My youngest may or may not trick or treat as a ninja,

Christine
dazed1821@aol.com

Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach on October 27, 2010 at 2:38 PM said...

my dd is going to be a witch and my son is going to be Venom.

leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach on October 27, 2010 at 2:39 PM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/leahforlove/status/28926791085

tweet

leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

BrendaLea, the Prpldy on October 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM said...

My boys say no to costumes this year as they are now 13 and 16. But I look forward to seeing all the kids come to my door for candy.

prpldy (at) comcast dot net

Heather on October 27, 2010 at 5:59 PM said...

I will be Pocahontas and my kiddos Dorothy and Darth Vader!


heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Heather on October 27, 2010 at 6:00 PM said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/ScoomerBlog/status/28943003828


heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Dolphin Girl on October 27, 2010 at 9:08 PM said...

I will be wearing a Mom costume. I have been busy getting my kids costumes ready, Annakin Skywalker and Snow White, and I forgot about myself.

email in profile

Dolphin Girl on October 27, 2010 at 9:09 PM said...

http://twitter.com/kdolphins7/status/28957164163

email in profile

Angel Jacklyn on October 28, 2010 at 1:15 AM said...

I'LL PROBABLY END UP WEARING THE SAME COSTUME FROM LAST YEAR- A PIRATE kytah00@yahoo.com

Angel Jacklyn on October 28, 2010 at 1:17 AM said...

SECOND ENTRY TWEET http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/28969296614 kytah00@yahoo.com

sunnymum on October 29, 2010 at 7:39 AM said...

I don't have a costume this year, but the kiddies are going to be very cute pirates! No scary stuff here yet...
cbeargie at yahoo dot com

sunnymum on October 29, 2010 at 7:40 AM said...

Also tweeted: http://twitter.com/sunnymum/status/29093887856

Sasha on October 29, 2010 at 9:45 AM said...

DD is Jessie from Toy Story and DS is something Star Wars-ish!

barelytogether at yahoo dot com

sodahoney on October 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM said...

I saw on another site the pside down man and I am stealing the idea.

sodahoney on October 29, 2010 at 11:19 AM said...

http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/29111700125

bargaingirl on October 29, 2010 at 5:32 PM said...

My son is going as Will from the Rangers Apprentice book series and my daughter is going as Artemis Greek Goddess). Thanks for the great giveaway!

Deb K on October 30, 2010 at 7:25 AM said...

I am going to be a scary witch!


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Queen of the Click on October 30, 2010 at 7:28 AM said...

I am going to be the Cat in the Hat - black pants, black shirt, a red stripped hat and a bow tie. A little makeup for whiskers and I am everyone's favorite story cat!

susan1215 on October 30, 2010 at 7:52 AM said...

My daughter is going to be a princess this year

s2s2 at comcast dot net

susan1215 on October 30, 2010 at 7:53 AM said...

http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/29189973955

Betty N on October 30, 2010 at 5:08 PM said...

I won't be dressing up but last year my husband dressed as a bowling pin and the grandkids loved it.

Betty N on October 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/Grandma3710/status/29230831608

tattgiff on October 30, 2010 at 5:46 PM said...

nothing this year, s'alright.

Lexiquin on October 30, 2010 at 9:17 PM said...

I'm not going to dress up for Halloween. I asked my son what the best costume is and he said Boba Fett (Star Wars). What do I know?!?
Thanks for the giveaway.
aleq13@gmail.com

Lexiquin on October 30, 2010 at 9:18 PM said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/lexiquin/status/29246096273

jillyrh on October 31, 2010 at 3:11 AM said...

I'll be dressed as a Domestic Goddess handing out candies to all the little goblins that come knocking on my door!

jillyrh on October 31, 2010 at 3:13 AM said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/29264496842

Thanks so much

PauleyD on October 31, 2010 at 10:29 AM said...

This Halloween, we are going as bacon and eggs, my daughter is a princess and everybody else is too "grown up" to participate:(

pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

PauleyD on October 31, 2010 at 10:30 AM said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/29295857000

pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Kelly said...

I'll be here at home dressed as a friendly witch to greet all the Trick or Treaters.

Anne J on October 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM said...

I don't dress up, but my kids are being a gypsy, Harry Potter and a Southern Belle.
ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne J on October 31, 2010 at 3:34 PM said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/29316817117

Michelle on October 31, 2010 at 6:58 PM said...

I didn't dress up, but my son dressed as a farmer and his little sister dressed as a chicken!
Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

Bonggamom on November 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM said...

The winner has been drawn, just waiting for confirmation....

Bonggamom on November 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM said...

Sorry, I dropped the ball on announcing the winner! She actually accepted the prize way back on Nov. 5, 2010. Congratulations to comment #28, Kerry!

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