Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Halloween fun

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!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. That sounds like an awesome Halloween. She'll remember and share her spooky tale for years to come, I'm sure. I love the excitement and drama of halloween! Your children look adorable!!!

  2. Lara... sounds like you all had fun!


  3. Your babes are adorable! Sounds like the perfect night, although I'm laughing at the BBQ!!


  4. Lara
    WOW, That does NOT even look like Bria!! She looks so dang cute!! I think that may just be one of my favorite costumes she has worn.
    Brayden and Daxton were cowboys and they were adorable.
    Chloe was a cutie as a pumpkin. I am glad you guys had such a wonderful Halloween. This year was definatly different and not as much fun as usual. Oh well!
    Love ya

  5. I like Draculita... LOVE the eye-lashes. Very fun. And than punkin of a pumpkin is a cutie patootie.
    Sorry about your single-ness. I am fairly sure there will be justice in another life. :)

  6. Lara, I had to go sans husband as well. The girls crapped out early. They were cold and wanted to go home and watch Lemony Snicket. I was dressed as a gypsy (yep, I trick- or-treated dressed as a sluty gypsy pushing a double stroller and yelling down the street to Hana and Emma-oh the comedy). But first we went to the ward chili cook-off (dressed as the gypsy/whore). I made inappropriate jokes (surprise), and we ate the hottest chili I never care to eat again. On the way home, Hana said, "Mom, me and Emma made a new friend at the church. His name is Matthew and he's our friend!" I said, "Oh! Did you tell him that's your daddy's name?" Hana with a confused look on her face, "Oh....I forgot. I thought that sounded familiar..." Right after that Emma said about her new best friend, "Mom! I bet Keila is either still trick-or-treating or in bed...but I think bed would really be an option for her." Option? Six years old? Really?

  7. Thanks Lara for the compliments on my blog. I love your kids costumes. They're so cute. Thanks for the encouragement with my weight loss.