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I asked the three big kids what they wanted to be for Halloween weeks ago – so I could get a jump on rounding up costumes and not left scrambling at 4pm on October 31st.
Don’t get me wrong – I do not create costumes from scratch – because I don’t sew. Like, at all. In fact I’ve been known to pay my dry cleaners an extra $2 just to sew buttons back on my blazers (and that’s pretty embarrassing to even admit). But I don’t go to the store and buy ready made costumes either – because while I’m not crafty – I still like the challenging of coming up with a custom and unique outfit.
So our costumes are always a hybrid of 1. what we can already find in our closet, 2. what we can simply make/alter ourselves without too much fuss, and then maybe an accessory or two bought from the store that also has life after October 31st.
Gage was clear as mud when I asked him what he wanted to be. “I want to be a scary freak.” Because scary freaks win all the candy….
Where on earth did he ever learn the term “scary freak” I will never know.
He mentioned wanting to be a skeleton. Or a ghost. Or a robber. Or he could just be Darth Vader…..
Darth Vader! Yes, Darth Vader I can do.
You guys – this one was so simple.
- Black pants (already owned)
Darth Vader shirt (already owned)
Vampire Cape ($5)
Darth Vader Stride Rite shoes (new! $59),
Red light saber (already owned – and also currently MIA),
Darth Vader Mask (borrowed)
The best part of the costume (other than it being frackin’ hilarious) are the light and sound Star Wars shoes – which haven’t come off Gage’s feet since we got them a couple weeks ago.
Gage loves them because they light up (red!) when he runs, and makes a “scary sound of Darth Vader breathing” when we put them on. I love them because he can get them on himself and those little lights are super fun and will keep him safe Halloween night while running through the neighborhood.
We’re pretty pumped about Halloween. Thursday night will be full of tradition – from eating take-out pizzas, to trick-or-treating around just a few blocks in our ‘hood. From like 7 – 8:30, the kids will help me hand out candy (because they love that almost more than collecting candy themselves) and of course eating a few pieces themselves. Our rule is that each kid gets to keep 10 pieces for themselves – and the rest goes into a family stash to be doled out for good behavior over the next month or two.
So yeah. Less than 48 hours till spooky time. Now if we could only find that missing red light saber…
And I’m curious – how do you handle all the candy on November 1st? Am I being super mean and stingy mom to only let my kids keep 10 pieces?