Sunday, October 30, 2011
thoughts on halloween
We are keeping Halloween really simple this year, which is how I like it.
When Jacob and Faith were little, I had a good run of years where I made complete home-sewn costumes from a pattern. I especially remember making a batman suit for Jacob one year (with a stretchy, full-body suit!) and an Obi-Wan Kenobi outfit. For Faith I remember an Esmerelda costume and a flannel bunny suit. All of this stuff got a tremendous amount of play from in the dress-up basket afterwards. I enjoyed doing this, but making costumes from scratch from a sewing pattern is very time consuming. Lately, I just haven't been able to find the time! I wish we had saved all those costumes, but alas, I got rid of them before the boys were in the picture.
Now I'm more in a "keep things simple and use what you have" mode. I encouraged the boys to choose costumes that easily could be put together with things we have around the house. Rainer is being a super-hero ("Super-R") and Dieter is being Obi-Wan Kenobi and carrying a lightsaber. For both of these I supplemented what we had with some thrifted shirts and some new pants. I sewed an R onto a shirt for Rainer. That's it! It took hardly any time to gather this together and everyone is happy.
We kept the decorating really simple too. The boys just opened the Halloween "box" and had a blast setting out all the little toys and decorations they found in there. I'm not stressing at all about having the house decorated to adult or mommy-blogger standards. The boys have really had fun pulling this stuff out and the day after Halloween it will all be whisked away and stored until next year. For Thanksgiving I think I'll be a little more motivated to have a hand in the decorating.
As far as candy goes, we have a plan for that too. The boys will eat a few pieces of their Halloween candy that night (3 or 4 pieces?) and save out a handful for subsequent nights (maybe 5 or so more pieces) and the rest will be left out for the Green Pumpkin who will exchange the remaining candy for books. That way, the boys won't feel deprived of candy, but most of it will not be hanging around.
I like keeping it all low-key. How are you handling Halloween this year?