Each year, I impose an October 1st cut-off date for finalizing decisions about Halloween costumes so that I don't find myself with last minute changes. So, why was I sewing buttons on seconds before we ran out the door? (Answer: because I found out that trying to use sticky-back velcro instantly gums up any sewing needle, either machine needle or hand sewing needle.) Why was it that the chicken I had roasting in the oven in hopes of having a wholesome meal before heading out trick-or-treating didn't finish cooking in time so we had to race out the door for Subway, the only fast-food chain in our town? (Answer: because we were too busy putting finishing touches on costumes and doing last-minute crafts with the Ed Emberley Big Orange Drawing Book, miscalculating when it needed to go in the oven. Oops.) At least we carved the jack-o-lanterns a couple days ahead of time with friends, only not having time to light them on Halloween night until we came back home.
I may have written about this before. Even if so, I'll do it again. In the weeks and hours that lead up to Halloween night, I find myself thinking of ALL the parents and children out there putting out so much effort, all for one, single fall night, really only a 2-5 hour period of time. I firmly believe that if you could harness all the energy that goes into Halloween, the making of costumes, the carving of pumpkins, the attempts to get dinner cooked and eaten before running out the door, the excitement of the children, the sugar-rush that follows... you could RULE THE WORLD!
That's a "big, scary, green 4-eyed monster" and a "baby bat", by the way. R was involved in his costume this year, picking out all the fabrics and even sewing the teeth on by himself, with some basting on my part. E's bat wings turned out really well and are loosely based on a friend's version that she made for her son a few years ago. His bat-ears were a bit floppy, though. All I really care is that they are warm! We trick-or-treated as long as we could stand it in 24 degree F weather, followed by a 4-H party inside at the fairgrounds while the temps dropped to 16 degrees F. Brrrr!
The garland is thanks to Jenny at Allsorts here. We embellished it with markers and silver glitter. The orange hot cocoa is courtesy of my mom.