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??