Are you one of those people that just love Halloween and can’t wait to plan that perfect costume? Well good for you. I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, I DO like the holiday. I like decorating the house and I like handing out candy and I like to see all the little kids dressed in their cute costumes; I just don’t like trying to come up with cute costume ideas. I think all this stems from when the kids were little and I made all of their costumes. The only time my kids wore store bought was when Jerika was in love with Pocahontas and a friend of mine just so happened to have a store bought Pocahontas costume she wanted to pass along. I think a big part of my anxiety comes from all the those times that I stayed up late at night trying to complete the kids’ costumes before their school parties.
Jerika was always an easy one to make a costume for. From the age of 3 to 7 she was a witch. With just a few adjustments she was able to wear the same skirt each year. I would just rat out her hair, paint her face green, and slap a witch’s hat on her head.
The first costumes I recall making for the boys were clown outfits. I made those costumes from some old sheets I had and I sewed them by hand.
Probably some of the best costumes I made were for Bruce. One year he went as Frankenstein’s monster, complete with a zipper across his neck and bolts under his ears. Another year I made him an awesome batman cape (I think it was that year that I started dreading Halloween).
The easiest costume I ever had anything to do with was the year that Matt dressed up in Jerika’s Brownie uniform. He looked awesome and he even won the Cub Scout costume contest that year.
Looking back I now know THAT Halloween was a precursor for what Matt would choose to dress himself as in years to come.
Now that the kids are adults I no longer need to worry about putting their costumes together; they do quite well on their own and I just help out a little bit with the little humans, aka grandkids.
Here’s a picture of Matt and Jerika………..the only thing I had to help with was Matt’s makeup. Doesn’t Jerika make an awesome cow and Matt is her sexy milkmaid! I think this picture belongs on a Hallmark card.
Matt was a hit with my friends on Facebook, as the next photo will attest to.
Matt rocked that costume so well he decided to do it again the following year.
A memory about that Halloween came up on Facebook….here’s a conversation I had with Matt regarding that memory.
I know where it’s at. It’s hanging in my closet……..I’m gonna wear it some day…..
While waiting to fit into that dress I thought to wear this little outfit. Matt says “no”.
Bruce and Kendall really get into Halloween and they like to create costumes that the whole family can be a part of. Here they are with the “Goodnight Gorilla” theme. Remember earlier I spoke about helping with costumes for the little humans in my life? The gorilla hat that Amos is wearing took me hours and hours (and an adult beverage or two) to make. Good thing I love that little boy so much!
The following year Bruce, Kendall, and Amos went as Groucho Marx. Bruce is the glasses and eyebrows, Amos is the mustache and Kendall is the, um, nose. My guess is that it is best that they stick close together for this costume as Kendall probably shouldn’t be by herself……….would be an entirely different costume…..
I’ve already been asked to help with Flora’s costume for this year. I’m pleased to say that I have already completed my part and can’t wait to see how it looks when Halloween gets here.
May your Halloween be stress free. I know mine will be!
Until next time,
Sandi, aka The Queen
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