My kids absolutely love Halloween. They start brainstorming costume ideas in April and talk about it pretty regularly all summer long.
Our neighborhood is a great place to be on Halloween. Families spend a lot of energy decorating their yards with ghouls and gravestones and spider webs. On October 31 the elementary school (which is right down the street) has a Halloween parade where the art teacher gives you a special necklace if your costume is homemade.
Then, right before it gets dark, we have a neighborhood Halloween party and parade (with pizza for the kids and beer for the grown-ups) before everyone goes out trick-or-treating. Hundreds of kids ring the doorbell and we have to buy a massive amount of candy every year.
Having blogged for 11 years is so handy at times like this because I have a long visual record of my life as a mom. So first, a quick walk through Halloween past:
2004 Roxanne was a pumpkin and although I know I took photos of her on our front porch, I can’t find them now. I think it’s because I didn’t have a blog then. Blogging is good for record keeping!
2005 Roxanne was a cow. I bought this costume randomly at a party store.
2006 Roxanne was a witch (the first costume I made after discovering that all the witch costumes for 4-year-olds were “sexy witch”) and Stella wore the pumpkin costume. I wore a bee costume I’d originally worn when I taught 6th grade.
2007 Roxanne was a bee and Stella wore the cow costume. I’ve downgraded to wearing just a witch hat.
2008 Roxanne was Pharaoh (the start of a love of history) and Stella was a princess/fairy/ballerina (why be one when you can be all three!).
2009 Roxanne was Abraham Lincoln and Stella was a pink kitty (her lovey is a pink kitty).
2010 Roxanne was George Washington and Stella was a beaver (her imaginary friend was a beaver who built fountains out of concrete – gotta love imaginary friends).
2011 Roxanne was Amelia Earhart, Stella was an astronaut and Josephine was a puppy (she was too big for the pumpkin costume).
2012 Roxanne was a suffragette and Stella was Peter Pan. Josephine wore the cow costume.
2013 Roxanne was Medusah and Stella was a robot. Josephine kept changing her mind so I told her if she wanted to get candy she would be a bee. Josephine wore the bee costume.
2014 Roxanne was Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stella was a mad scientist, and Josephine was a dinosaur.
2015 Roxanne was Rosie the Riveter, Stella was a water molecule, and Josephine was a unicorn.
And that brings us to this year. We have Roxanne as Alexander Hamilton. She’s a Hamilton superfan and we saw the play on Broadway this summer which was absolutely fantastic. Stella as pie/Pi (we used this tutorial). Stella can recite over 50 digits of pi. And Josephine is a dragonfly. I’m not sure why. I think she likes wearing sparkly wings.
It’s wonderful the way wearing a costume, even a very simple tunic-like one your mom sewed in half an hour, is transformative for children. My 5-year-old, 10-year-old, and 12-year-old continue to absolutely love Halloween and I don’t blame them.
Update: I added our 2017 costumes below.
Stella was a circuit board, Roxanne was H. P. Lovecraft, and Josephine was a snowy owl.