Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Well, even as a single mother I managed to have fun with the kids on Halloween. On Friday we went to the campus "Fall Festival" after going to a friend's for a Halloween BBQ (Yes, in Arizona you can do that). Joel was able to come to the BBQ with us and at least see the girls in their costumes for a little bit. I was really hoping he could attend the trunk or treat part too, but they changed the time and he had to leave. We had fun anyway.
So, here's a bit of costume history for each of the kiddos.
Bria went as "Draculita" this year. It all started when she saw some vampire teeth at the store in September. She really wanted those teeth. I couldn't understand why, but she asked if we could go to the store and get them almost every day. So finally I asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween and she said she wanted to be Dracula. Sigh. I was really not ready for her to have such a definite opinion about what she wanted to be. I've been able to carefully guide her up till now in her costume choices. But, she was relentless, even after I told her that only boys can be Dracula (terrible of me). So one day I told her she could go as Dracula's daughter and we would go buy a costume and her teeth.
She wanted to know what Dracula's daughter was named, so I told her she was called "Draculita." Well, when we went shopping for the teeth and the costume, she chose out the witches dress and hat (remember, the child has definite opinions and ideas and she's five), she decided that she hated the teeth and wanted to have beautiful eyelashes instead. And so Draculita the witch was born!
Chloe was supposed to go as Snow White this year. Her cousins had given her a Snow White costume last time we were up in Utah and she has worn it a lot since and that's all she wanted to be for Halloween. Well, on the morning of Fall Festival, we had a playgroup and the kids were to wear their costumes and come to the park for a little Halloween party. Do you think she wanted to wear the Snow White costume? (Where did I get such stubborn children! They know what they want and nothing else will do!) So, Joel brought out two of Bria's old Halloween costumes that he thought might fit: Raggedy Ann and the Jack-o-Lantern. I would have hoped she'd choose Raggedy Ann, but there was no such luck for me. She wanted to be a "punkin."
We had fun at the park with the kids, and going down the "Electric Slide" as I call it. Then we went Visiting Teaching and over to ASU campus to eat lunch with Daddy. Everyone just thought she was such a cutie! One lady came up to her and said, "Are you a pumpkin?" and Chloe answered matter of factly, "I am." Such a cutie! She actually went as Snow White on Monday, but I don't have a picture. (I know...what kind of a scrapbooker am I anyway!)
On the actual day of Halloween we went Trick or Treating with some friends, and without Joel yet again. It was a fun neighborhood to Trick or Treat in....everybody was in their driveways in full costume and with fun games for the kids. So I'll leave you with one last funny anecdote, courtesy of the scary haunted house one guy had set up in his garage. Bria went in with Mason and his Dad, and came out a little traumatized. She was crying a little...and when I hugged her and asked her if she was all right, she said, "That was not a good place, Mommy...there were evil things in there!" The funny thing was that both she and Mason couldn't stop talking about it (Mason even went through a second time...but he's a typical boy!), they jabbered incessantly to anyone who would listen to their scary tale--especially the people giving out candy!
And that was our Halloween!