Halloween, I am sorry to say, has never been a favorite holiday of mine. I always tried to make it festive when the kids were little though. I did have fun throwing together costumes. While every other child was wearing store bought, some times expensive, and flashy costumes mine were in home grown ones. Well, except for our daughters, they didn’t want to look silly. Which I guess our oldest daughter Maureen had a right to feel that way after I sent her out as a bag of dog food once LOL. She said the smell of dog food was awful! Ha Ha Ha.
Our son was another story all together. He is 5 years younger than his sisters, so the girls encouraged me to do his costumes instead of theirs. The most incredibly hilarious thing is, usually he was voted the cutest, best costume they had seen all night! What a hoot. He transformed into a Christmas tree (with lights of course, battery operated), a beautiful Christmas wrapped present, oh and the year he was a basket of dirty laundry people stopped us the whole night. Who knew! I wish I had pictures, but this was way before digital cameras.
Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought of those great times. My daughter, Maureen, will never let me forget the dog food! LOL. Maureen went on to love Halloween more than any other holiday, go figure. She goes all out, her yard becomes a grave yard with all sorts of ghouls everywhere. It takes the whole family of 4 two to three days to complete the transformation. Oh and lets not fail to inform you that she now creates her children’s costumes. Donovan became a character from Thomas the Train and Keegan was Aurora the Disney Princess. Maureen and Kevin always dress up too.
So the tradition continues, I still believe that the homemade costumes are ten-times more fun to see and the kids become so invested in them. We’ll see what they come up with this year! Give it a try yourself, your kids will never forget! Cyn