Truly, I don’t remember a Halloween with such glorious fall weather. Usually we are forced to cover our costumes with sweats and coats and even snowboots. But yesterday the temps stayed in the 60s, leaves drifted slowly through the air in a gentle breeze and everyone was giddy with candy overload and the thrill of being somebody else for the day.
Our costumes this year were of the raid the basement and your neighbor’s basement variety, except Mary of course, who simply has a stash of princess dresses hung in her closet.
the ubiquitous headed-off-to-school photos
How sad is it that Hansie’s old lady costume is a blouse I wore in 8th grade (Jessica McClintock, of course) and the skirt and apron are from a bridesmaid dress I wore in ’88– it was ugly then too.
Mary isn’t a princess, she’s Taylor Swift. Didn’t you know that?
Our adorable neighbors: I asked Sarah why SHE wasn’t a princess, “Oh, I’m a princess every day. I wanted to dress up for Halloween.”
Just a few photos before trick-or-treating….
After balancing the wig and tripping over his dress all day Hans abandoned the old lady costume and went for the much simpler (but still trippy) BYU graduate.
Do you change disguises mid-day? We do it all the time. When Hans really does graduate we’re coming back to take photos in this exact same spot.
Gabe is AWESOME. Honestly, is there any other word for this look?
Admittedly, I was a glutton on the Mary photos, but she was completely and utterly charming. She beguiled Xander and they spontaneously began waltzing down the lane.
Then off to my neighbor, Sarah Palin’s house. She opens her garage doors, sets up tables and hosts the entire neighborhood for a pre trick-or-treat buffet. I’m sorry if you don’t have neighbors this fabulous. Really, I do think she’d make a pretty good VP.
yup, my neighbors are pretty fun.
Mary and Trevor– ready to ring those doorbells.
Ben, wearing the Peter Pan costume I made for him exactly 10 years ago. How cute is he? I adore this kid.
Yes, poor Hans was Tinkerbell. He wasn’t even 2 yet, OK! Obviously, I really needed a girl.
Managed to snag one picture of Stefan before it was completely dark– he’s an elusive kid, but fabulous in every way.
My children split into five directions for trick or treating and I was left with just Mary. She paired up with her buddy Trevor and they tripped from house to house chatting and timidly begging candy from admiring neighbors. Princesslike, Mary lifted her dress as she walked across lawns and up stairs. She and Trevor laughed at each other’s jokes and spent much more time admiring the neighbor’s spooky decorations than ringing doorbells. It was so deliciously beautiful that I couldn’t help but sing out loud, “Ah, la, la, la, la, life is wonderful….”
Xander’s stash– don’t touch!