If you’ve been around for a few years you know we LOVE Halloween. Rob and I dressed up pre-kids and have had so much fun creating costumes for Simon. His first costume was the Marshmallow Man, which was partially re-purposed this year for Caleb. The next year we went with a Doctor Who theme. Last year I was pregnant, so I had Rob make me a pumpkin belly and Simon was an “Engine” Turtle as he says. This year we went back to our first kid costume idea – I loved that Caleb could share a costume and also Simon loves to watch the Ghostbusters movie.
Rob made the flashing lights proton pack and I made the outfits. I couldn’t find beige sweats so I bought two yards of craft cotton for $8 and a vintage jumper pattern. I’ve never made clothes but I’m quite pleased with myself. I mean there is a collar and a zipper! I eyeballed downsizing the same pattern and used a yard of white fleece for Caleb. I was off a bit and made it a bit too tight, but he only had to wear it twice. The collar and hat were the same that Simon wore. Those are now in the keepsake box.
The Saturday before Halloween our park has a Halloween parade. I”m glad we did it, we’ll probably do it again, but I won’t kill myself to make it. Mostly is was chaos. Simon was cracking us up hunting for ghosts on the walk to the park. He found quite a few because our neighborhood is a little insane in the decorating. There was some general viewing of the costumes, we walked around the track and got a bag of candy, and Simon played in the sand and the cars.
Halloween was on Friday. We picked up the kids early and went out from 5-6. The whole neighborhood is like one big block party, which is both awesome and a mob scene. We walked around with Simon’s two school friends. Then after two streets came back to our place for a viewing of Ghostbusters and some pizza.
We had a great night. I’m already planning for next year – if I stick with it – but it will be awesome. And next Halloween is on a Saturday!