Halloween 2017 was one of our best Halloweens yet! Evan has been working VERY long hours on Dancing With The Stars this season (7 days/week – 18+ hour days). Well, his ONE day off happened to fall on Tuesday – Halloween Day! How great is that?! We were really happy we got to spend the whole day with him.
Ellie (2) insisted that she wanted to wear her skeleton pajamas as her Halloween costume. No matter how many costumes we showed her, she was set on wearing these pink skeleton jammies. I was like: Great! Costume solved.
Violet and Ellie:
As you can see, when it was time to put on costumes, Ellie changed her mind about the pajamas! She insisted that she HAD to wear this old fairy costume from the costume box. She is NOT happy in this picture, but I’ll get to why in a minute. It has nothing to do with her costume!
The reason she looks so scared in that picture is because earlier in the day, Evan put on this Gorilla costume. WHY?!!!!!!! It completely terrifies the kids. Evan thinks it’s funny, but the kids were really REALLY scared. It nearly ruined Halloween because Ellie (2) was totally traumatized by it – and kept screaming “NO MONKEY! SCARY MONKEY!!!”
He only wore it for about 90 seconds (literally) – but it had an impact, for sure!
I know it (kind of) sounds funny – but let’s just say that Ellie could hardly sleep last night because she was so scared of that “monkey.” I am donating the costume TODAY. Violet (5) wants Evan to go as a prince next Halloween – which sounds so much better! When he goes looking for his gorilla costume, he will find it magically replaced with Prince Charming. Haha.
We waited until the day before to decorate for Halloween. Violet and I put this together just the two of us – and we also put up lots of spooky lights inside the house. It was fun and simple.
I tried to do a Halloween Gingerbread House with the girls – but I don’t have a degree in structural engineering. I almost duct taped this together because it was so hard to get it to stay upright. By the time I got the structure made, I was too worn out to do the candy. Plus, we were out of frosting. Ginger (8) might make us some frosting to decorate it – if so, it should be done by Thanksgiving. Ha!
Ginger made Halloween brownies – which are just brownies made on Halloween! They were super tasty, of course. I love having a semi-pro baker in the family. 🙂
This was after she cut it up and Violet had the first slice. I tried to take a picture faster, but Violet was quicker than me. 🙂
Paprika always has such creative, fun Halloween costumes. This year, she went as the character Eleven from Stranger Things. She put her outfit together with clothes from Goodwill (I took her shopping there). The wig is new because that was a Goodwill line I just didn’t want to cross.
She made her treat bag from two boxes of Eggo Waffles she put together. The girls had never eaten Eggo Waffles before – and they were like: Is this really food or is this fake?! Haha. Let’s just say they are a little spoiled by homemade waffles. By the time I was Paprika’s age, I’d eaten about seven thousand of these things.
Paprika (11) in her Eleven Costume:
Violet (5) in her Musketeer Costume:
Ginger was adamant that she was not going as anything for Halloween. She has been this way since she was 2 years old, so I was not at all surprised. Usually, she will refuse to go as anything for Halloween (it’s too juvenile) – until the last minute, when one of her sisters talks her into it. Then, she throws something together and has a great time. This year was no different!
Ginger (8) in her witch hat/black dress (minimalist costume if there ever was one – ha!). Ellie (2) as a pouty fairy. 🙂
The girls together: Ages 11, 8, 5, 2.
Ginger agreed to go Trick or Treating because Violet (5) begged her to go. Ginger could not refuse Violet! So, we ended up going Trick or Treating as a family down at the busy streets a few blocks south of our house.
After about half an hour, it got really overwhelming for Ginger – so I offered to take whoever wanted to go up to the “quiet” streets, and the rest could stay with Evan down at the busy streets. Evan loves the busy streets and all the excitement there, so I figured divide and conquer was a good strategy.
By then, Ellie, Violet, and Paprika were all having a great time down at the busy streets. So, I took Ginger Trick or Treating by herself in the quiet of our neighborhood. She had the BEST time. Most of the houses up near us get only one or two trick or treaters, so everyone was super friendly to her and she felt so special. It was a win-win for all. 🙂
Oh, and she changed into Little Red Riding Hood about thirty seconds before we walked out the door. She was so happy with her very simple costume.
Even I got into costume for a second, until Ellie (2) had a freak out about my “scary witch” hat. It bugged her almost as much as the gorilla. Haha. 🙂 So, needless to say, I took it off and went as a “MOM” for Halloween.
All in all, a great Halloween was had by all! It was so nice to stay home and relax, and just be together. I love our days together so much, and I never take them for granted.
We had a really simple Halloween, and it was perfect for us. I am so grateful… <3