As a child, I loved Halloween. My younger sister and brother and I would start making a list of possible costumes in September, and slowly eliminate until we had the perfect one.
We made our costumes from scratch. When we were little, my mom would help, but then as we got a bit older, we’d give her a list of supplies and we’d help each other make our costumes. My sister and I always helped my brother with his until he was old enough to think it was un-cool for his sister’s to help him.
I created outfits for myself like wizard and witch,vampire, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Medusa (complete with snakes in my hair) and so on. Loved it.
Now, as a mother, I get to see Halloween in a whole new light. Pumpkin carving is much for fun doing with my son than by myself. I get to decorate and do Halloween crafts. I am slipping though, I haven’t made a costume yet for the kids. The ones I can purchase are pretty darn cute though (and the kids are still at the age where I can get them to wear ‘cute’ vs scary or movie related.)
This year I will be Trick-or-Treating with a Dragon and a Ladybug. We’ve done our pumpkins, have made ghost crafts and the Boy tries on his costume often.
Halloween is more than candy (though, that is a perk!). It is about imagination and creativity – ideals that we sometimes lose as adults. But now, with the kids, I get to be young again. YAY!
Do you have your kid’s costumes? Are you in the love or hate Halloween camp?