costumes, class pictures and rainbows

October 27, 2010 |  Category:   holidays life

It’s been really warm, like freakishly warm, every Halloween for the past few years. We’re experiencing that warm weather right now – 70s for the past week (and humid, wth?!), but this year it’ll turn seasonably cool by Halloween weekend which means that we’ve had to rethink Halloween costumes for trick or treating. The previous mild weather was great for costumes since there was no need for a coat or a hat to cover all that creativity and Halloween goodness up, but by the time the sun goes down this year, it will be downright chilly.

Somehow we managed to convince Claudine that she should be Little Red Riding Hood. She’s already got the perfect little red riding hood wool coat. She’s got a red dress. She’s got the black Mary Jane’s. I borrowed a wicker basket from a friend and I’ll make a quick makeshift apron. Perfect, right? Well, after searching for all kinds of images of Little Red Riding Hood on the interwebs, I think Claudine’s on board. Besides, that red coat won’t fit her next year. This is the year to be Little Red Riding Hood if we’re going to do it.

Mia waffled over a couple of options but settled on being a waitress, except we figured it’d be really hard to tell what she was going for after you threw a winter coat on over her. She briefly considered being a vampire, but I suspect that had more to do with feeling the peer pressure of wanting to fit in than really wanting to be a vampire (though I was surprised that she even knew what a vampire was). All of her neighbor friends are going as vampires this year.

But after a few wails of “I don’t know what I want to be!”, she suddenly brightened up, sat up straight and declared that she was going as a black cat this year.

Damn, I love that girl. She is never one to follow the crowd. She always does her own thing even if it doesn’t make her as “cool” as all the other vampire kids.

ps. which reminds me, after getting back school pictures of Mia last year, we decided that this year we are totally going for the cheese. You know they’re going to be bad anyway…so cartoon rainbow background for the win!! She was so excited to have the rainbow background as it was her first choice. We kept it simple in the clothing department with a dark blue shirt, but if she had a t-shirt with a unicorn on it, or a rainbow, or even like, the Led Zeppelin blimp (I want that shirt, btw), I totally would have put it on her, are you kidding me?

When she got home, she told me that she was the only one in her class who chose the rainbow background, but she was also the only one in her class who got the background she wanted. I mean, c’mon, she might cringe when she finds the photo 15 years later, but what kid wouldn’t want a rainbow background as their class photo??

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  • Ashley October 27, 2010 at 10:43 am

    She strikes me as the coolest kid ever. What a treat to have those two! (And pretty please can we see the winning rainbow pic?)

  • Caddy October 27, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Mia’s individuality and sense of self makes me smile! It’s so good to know she’s not bowing to peer pressure and is choosing to be her own person.

  • Taysa October 27, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I think it’s fantastic that you let her choose her own. My mom always let me choose the background I wanted, and while it may not be the biggest deal twenty years later, the fact that I even remember she did means something.

  • Justine Hand October 27, 2010 at 11:33 am

    With all the moving mayhem, I missed your post about Mia’s class picture last year, so saw it for the first time just now. Totally made me laugh! Thanks for cheering up a grey day.

  • joslyn October 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    major props on the rainbow background. sometimes you just have to give into the cheese…

  • Gramma October 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Oh my gosh, you’re so funny and Mia’s so amazing. She is the ONLY one who got what she chose??? Yay! I happen to love that school picture from last year, btw. Why? Because she looks happy! Can’t wait to see this year’s pictures and the Halloween pictures. You just made my day, thanks!

  • Kitty October 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Black cat costume is a great choice.

    Not too keen on the swans (?) in the photos though. I guess they do look like they are smiling but hmm I find them bit scary.

  • carolyn October 28, 2010 at 4:16 am

    I am missing Brooklyn at a time like this– Australian Halloween is just not the same. All kids are either ghosts, witches or devils…yawn. I think I’m just skipping it this year, which is easy since it’s not a big deal here anyway.

    I don’t remember ever getting the choice of my photo background. I think Pema definitely would have gone for the rainbow as well!

  • elena October 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    we’ll have a little red riding hood over here too… she wanted to be the tooth fairy at first but…. you know… and little brother would be the wolf of course. have fun!

  • ninja October 29, 2010 at 1:40 am

    We were totally up for the rainbow background as well, but it was only featured on the outside of the envelope … not as one of the (only 3) options on the form. So no cheeseball pictures for us this year :-/