Ever since I can remember, Halloween has been my favorite holiday. I’m not sure if it was the overabundance of candy or the costumes that sealed the deal for me, but either way, I am obsessed with everything Halloween! I can still remember the feeling I got when I returned home from Trick or Treating and dumped the entire contents of that magical, orange, pumpkin bucket onto the living room floor. It was like I was the richest kid in the world! And most of my costumes were hand-made as a kid so watching my mom bring my idea for a costume to life was amazing! And I wasn’t a typical ‘I want to be a witch’ kind of kid. Oh no! My ideas were very specific, and they still are. In Kindergarten, I wanted to be Cinderella but my dress had to be as ruffle-y as they come! And when I was about 10 years old, I had to be Lydia from Beetlejuice fully equipped with her spider web cape. (That same year, my little sister was Wedding Day Midge. That’s right. Not just simple ol’ Barbie, but her red-headed side kick, Midge. ON HER WEDDING DAY!) I’m pretty sure every single house we went to looked at us, cocked their heads and questioned who we were supposed to be. And my love for Halloween has been strong ever since. I even had my first kiss with my now husband on Halloween…. dressed as a Honey Badger!
I love to get very creative with my costumes and most of the time it’s straight up OVER ambitious. I find these things on Pinterest that look so easy and amazing, buy all the items I need, and then find myself up to my neck in tulle, sequins, fabric glue, glitter, a needle and thread, a towel for the sweat pouring down my face and a cocktail or two the night before Halloween, racing to get it done in time! I usually pull it off but sometimes I wish I could just buy a costume in a bag and be over it. But there’s no fun in that! I like to creative my costume and really become the character I am supposed to be. One year I was a peacock (with a tail that I ended up losing in a cab), a few years ago I was Miss Argentina from Beetlejuice (I got an eye infection from the teal makeup that I had smeared over my entire body) and when I was pregnant I had to incorporate my belly and dressed up as Juno.
I hope to pass on my love of Halloween to my daughter and so far, she seems to enjoy it as much as me! Before I had Meyer, Halloween used to be a night to dress up in skimpy clothes and go out with my friends and party. Now, it’s a family filled holiday that is full of carving pumpkins, decorating the house, baking pumpkin everything, trick-or-treating and family themed costumes! Since Meyer was born, I have had two Halloween costumes per year, because I know the time is limited before she gets to choose what she wants to be. Right now, she is only 19 months old so I get to pick what she dresses up as but there will come a day (next year maybe?) when she will be telling me what she wants to be. Will I be able to suggest other costumes or just dress up as her sidekick? (Cut to next Halloween when I am dressed up as Mickey Mouse standing next to a beaming Minnie Mouse).
Last year, she was a fluffy white chicken and I was her farmer and this year she is going to be E.T., my husband is going at Elliott (all he has to do is wear a red hooded sweatshirt) and I will be Gertie. Sounds simple, right? Our second family themed costume is where I am putting all my energy…. we are going to New Orleans for the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience and we are all going as Will Ferrell characters. Pictures will follow, I promise! Meyer’s costume is simple yet hilarious (she is dressing up with her cousin, Bailey) and mine involves a lot of gold. I am still trying to vacuum the glitter out of my rug and am finding it everywhere all over the house. Happy Halloween everyone!