Today is the first day that it has really felt cool out. I mean, the kids can and still are running around without jackets or shoes so it's not that cold yet. But, it's the first day that I haven't turned on the A/C in the house.
Tomorrow is the first Halloween carnival we will attend. Actually, there are three, but we will only attend one. Just two days ago, my 11 year old son finally told me what he wants to be for Halloween. So, what do my kids want to dress as for Halloween?
Oldest son wanted to dress as Dr. Who. He's rather obsessed with that show right now. Sadly, in this warm climate we live in, dark brown overcoats and matching suits with bow ties aren't to be found (for a cheap price, anyway.) We found a costume online for Dr. Who, but who wants to spend $300 on a costume for a kid that will grow out of it in five months? He was disappointed, but decided to be Charlie Brown in his Halloween costume. So, that is a sheet with a bunch of holes cut out of it. A $4 sheet from the local used clothing store is definitely doable.
Next son took until 2 days ago to tell me he wants to be a pirate. Well, he can wear his dark pants and white shirt. A trip to the used clothing store found a brown scrub-like shirt. With a little help from the old sewing machine, we turned that brown shirt into a vest. I've got some strips of cloth we can use as a belt. OK, we're good.
Seven year old daughter. If you've never seen the movie called "The Worst Witch," I highly recommend it. It was filmed in the 80's and is about a young girl at a witches academy. It's got a lot of Harry Potter elements in it, but this was more than a decade before Harry Potter even showed up on bookshelves. The main witch student is Mildred Hubble. This is who my daughter wanted to be for Halloween. We found a women's sleeveless cocktail dress at the used clothing shop and an orange shirt. They look like the uniforms the girls in the movie wear. A green ribbon belt and striped stockings finish the costume off. It's cute!
The five year old son has also waited until the last minute to tell me his costume choice - a ninja. Not too tough. Black pants, black shirt, black socks. We've got that. I will sew one more element to his costume this afternoon.
Then there is Peanut. She wanted to be a ballerina. We have a leotard already from when her big sister was this age. Some tulle and an elastic made a tutu. She spent two days already wearing her costume. Her tutu is looking pretty sad now. It's OK. It makes her happy.
I'll wear my purple medieval dress with the huge sleeves. I'll be Vaire the Weaver from Tolkien's The Silmarillian.
I'm so glad Halloween comes once a year.