I love Halloween. With the themed costumes + dry leaves blowing across the sidewalks + too much sugar + lipstick on little girls + dark chilly nights + painted faces + glowy jack-o-lanterns + the enthusiastic TRICK-OR-TREAT! choruses + hand-me-down costumes that are just a little too big or too squished or too worn. I love it. All of it.
This year was no different. We made paper pumpkins for the front windows + bats for the walls. We made homemade donuts + soup with yeasty rolls + took long fall walks. We carefully planned our costumes (Goldilocks and the Three Bears, after Sela's favorite bedtime story), + I spent the entire month of October sewing + collecting a red gingham apron, funny hats, snowy white eyelet, + bright red tights. Everything finally came together just in time, including the tiny white buttons quickly stitched on the night before.
And then it's an hour before go time + Graham pukes everywhere. Quickly I put all my visions of family themed cuteness far far away + try not to let my disappointment show as I help Sela into her special blue dress + button her pinafore. We wave good-bye to Graham and Brian as we head out into the freezing rainy night and make it exactly 2 houses before Sela starts clutching her stomach + crying tummy ache. Sigh. Warm jammies, comfy beds, and early bedtimes for everyone. Happy Halloween, sicky heads.
Although it wasn't exactly what I had envisioned (is it ever exactly what we envision?), it was a good time. My kids ended up with plenty of candy + we are still reeeeeeeling from the sugar high. I'm pretty sure it's making us all a little crazy, case in point:
So...how were your Halloween adventures? Pictures, links, super cute costumes I have to see? Send them my way, dearies, I would love to take a peek.
all of the sweet photos were taken by my mama. sela's dress + pinafore made by me (with lots of help from my incredibly patient sewing teacher, margaret). and that peter pan collar? probably my greatest achievement of the year. graham's hat was purchased from our local grocery store, which randomly had a bunch of really cute animal hats hanging on an end cap. baby graham's costume was going to be a little more bear-ish, but i ran out of time. the overalls are cute though, right? see you on thursday, friends! xo.