Saturday, October 31, 2009
A Scary Rock and a Christmas Tree
Oh, we're nothing if not creative around here. As I had to explain to Dawn after she replied to my comment on her Halloween costume post over at DC Metro Moms, we are not crafty. Craftiness requires effort and precision. We're much heavier on the ideas and inspiration.
Last month Kyle decided that he was going to be a "scary spider with red eyes." We were in the drug store and I saw a great looking web (window ornament) with a "scary" spider with red eyes on it. I told him that we could put that on a sweatshirt, and he agreed. Then I saw a really scary looking spider that I said we could fasten to a stocking cap, and he said it was too scary.
I told him that I bought him gray sweats, and he decided that he was going to be a "scary rock" (with the spiders on it). So we went with that.
Amanda came home one day and said, "I know what I'm going to be for Halloween. A Christmas tree. I want to light up." So I ordered a big green men's hoodie; she already had brown leggings and Christmas socks. Finding battery powered lights (that didn't cost an arm and a leg to ship) this time of year was tough. I ended up using industrial strength (really) velcro tape to adhere battery-operated tea lights to her, in addition to glow stick bracelets.
I loved this idea and the end result, and she got lots of oohs and aahs when we were out.
This year we returned to Main Street to Trick-or-Treat (see more awesome pictures from 2006). Because we live in a semi-rural area, it's hard to go door-to-door on our streets (no sidewalks, no streetlights, and long driveways), so hundreds of people flood Main Street, and the people there go all out. It's festive, convenient, and the kids always see some of their friends.
When they got home, they got involved with what I recall was my favorite part of the night -- sorting and swapping:
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