(Left to right) Me with my sister Tessa; brothers Jason and Noah
63 days until Halloween arrives again! I know it isn't quite September but it has not stopped my dreaming of the brisk autumn days and nights of October!
When my 6 brothers and sisters and I were growing up, we never trick-or-treated. We still plotted to create the perfect costume and we would trek through the barely lit streets to my Grandmothers' homes, spotting children creeping about with their bags stuffed full of candy!
At each stop, we would get a treat! I still remember my Grandma's popcorn balls (which I'm not sure we actually ate) and one or two candies from the basket at my Mommom's before heading back home for pumpkin pie!
After the arrival of my own little ones, I decided to hold Halloween parties at our home to create new traditions! Another tradition I am hoping to return to this year are handmade costumes.
In the top picture, I was a Monarch butterfly, a wonderful childhood memory for me. I remember my Dad cutting out the wings and the smell of the Tempera poster paint as I helped paint it!
I remember dressing for the parade at school and the teachers complimenting my handiwork! My heart was fluttering as fast as a butterfly's wings that day! I loved that costume!
I have strayed from my handmade costumes for the girls in recent years. Disney Princesses and High School Musical characters secretly snuck into the mix but this year we are getting back to old school costumes!
Madelyn wants to be a devil, Lana a vampire, and Sophia, as of today, wants to be a pirate! (Arrrgh!) I have matching glow-in-the-dark skeleton pajamas for the twins so they will be ready for Halloween AND for bed!
Here are some of my past Halloween costume creations:
Lana and Madelyn as Woodland Fairies.
Madelyn and Lana as Super Heroes! Made the capes and skirts. Customized plain white shirts with their initials, ironed on felt stars and glued on rhinestones!