Part 1: Pumpkins
We got them for free when we went apple picking (and by "free" I mean they came with our $156 farm admission for 4 adults and 2 kids!). But that is beside the point. What I'd like to call attention to is Ashton's completely hilarious pumpkin that I thought could not possibly come out right. He did it all by himself and the result was amazing.
I think it's the tiny eyes but I was dying laughing. It is perfectly imperfect :)
The others came out as you would expect (ooo, pointy teeth, how original) and you can probably guess which one I did.
Part 2: Adornment
Let's get to the epic saga that was costumes. The fundamental component of any Halloween. The boys started the decision-making process last July and for a brief month, they would be superheroes. Of course, because their outfits from last year were in shreds and yes I would love to buy them identical $40 costumes to the ones we already had. But I didn't jump and good thing because Alex moved on and for a time was proposing random household items. He thought maybe he could be a lightbulb, or a ladder? How about a banana? He said "shark" right around the time that Target was having a half off sale at the beginning of October and I hit "purchase". (I like to think I'd let my kids be anything they want, but really it has to align with something somewhat identifiable and at least partially store-bought. I don't do homemade. Yet.)
The shark sat in the closet along with Ashton's Lego guy costume. He had picked that in September and stuck with it. We were done and ready.
Except then the boys watched Moana mid-October and found themselves possessed. I'm not sure if you saw my YouTube video but the music in this movie has both boys singing and dancing - it's quite a sight. Ashton then wanted to be Maui (shapeshifter, demigod of the wind and sea, hero to all):
And for Alex it was Tamatoa or die. Tamatoa is a giant crab with a blinged-out shiny shell who looks like this.
You can see the issues here.
We talked and talked, for days, about all the other super-cool costumes out there (including the ones we ALREADY HAD) and finally Alex said "Ok, maybe a 'pweece'?" (police). Since his shark costume was a little too tight anyway, and he was increasingly into it, on the ripe old date of October 29, we went shopping.
Part 3: Other lead-up
We skipped a lot of Halloween events this year in the name of having no costumes (and also, I was not prepared mentally - once any sort of costume goes on, all bets are off, so I sure as heck didn't want to start with that five days in advance of the actual holiday). But if we had made everything happen, we would have gone to the Lilja dance, Zoo Howl at the Stone Zoo, the Spooktacular in Natick, the Brae Burn kids Halloween and one of Ashton's classmates' "boo-day" party. As it was, we managed just fine with Alex's parade on Monday:
And Ashton's K parade on Tuesday:
Which was not without a class party afterwards and I had signed up for "healthy snack" so, voila.
The green stem is a fork and inside is cantaloupe and clementine wedges. Shrug. They were cute but in all seriousness what kid is going to pick fruit on Halloween. But Jason was super happy that I spent at least $40 on all this anyway.
Something else that cost me about the same amount - my themed coat hook/shelf thing in the kitchen!
This doesn't merit its own category but I wanted to love on it somewhere.
Ready for it? My two little members of law enforcement - "watch out bad guys!"
After all that practice, we had our first run-in!!!
Apprehended. Thank god!
Once the coast was clear, our friends were able to come over. A plain Alex, chicken Crosby, police officer Ashton and minecraft Elijah had some pizza:
And off we went! Honestly I didn't bother with any of the night time shots. You guys know what trick or treating looks like. The interesting part is that Ashton is the only kid who lasted! The other three were all "Eh. Can we go home now?" while Ashton raced around the neighborhood and Jason struggled to keep up. He filled his pumpkin three times!! But I did manage to get these last two gems:
Happy Halloween to my two little mall cops. Thanks for keeping me safe! (Someday I'll tell you the truth about the whistles that came with your costumes. For now, they are still "lost" ;) )