Well, Halloween came and went this
week. As I write this, the kids are in bed. (Hang on, let me finish
eating this Reese's Peanut Butter Cup...)
In the days leading up to the big Trick
or Treat excursion I did my part to hype the holiday. We decorated
the house. We carved pumpkins. We roasted pumpkin seeds. I made
orange cupcakes to send to my kids' Mothers' Day Out program.
I have to admit, I was a little
disappointed in my children's lack of interest and/or enthusiasm in
costumes. That is my favorite part! Well besides the candy. (Hold on,
let me get another Hershey's candy bar out of Taylor's pink
I always thought the fun part wasn't
so much in what I was going to wear. It was in how I was going to
create it. We didn't buy a lot of "ready-made" costumes. My mom
could sew and she helped us make lots of costumes.
I once went as E.T., The Extra
Terrestrial - entirely homemade. I won "Best Costume" at school
for that one. Another time I remember wearing a sheet with chains
wrapped around me. I made a great ghost that year! While I'm not
opposed to buying a costume (I sure don't sew) I still think it's
more fun to use what you have to create something out of nothing.
My kids take that a little too far.
(Why do so many people give out Tootsie
Rolls? Yuck! Maybe Zeb's pumpkin has more chocolate in it... Ahhh! Snickers!)
I bought a horse costume for Zeb at a
consignment sale last year and he loved it so much that he has
carried it around with him since then. Any time I asked him what he
wanted to be, he would say he was going to be that horse again. Fine.
I didn't argue. It was about two inches too short and a little
tight but whatever. Choose your battles, right moms?
About a month out, two-year-old Taylor
said she was going to be a cowgirl. Then about a week out, she
started saying she was going to be a ghost. What?!? I already had the
cowgirl outfit all together!
OK, OK. I can make a ghost. How hard is
I knew I couldn't just throw the
traditional sheet-with-eyes-cut-in-it over her because she wouldn't
leave it on and/or she would end up stepping on it and falling down...
tragedy! I finally found a big pillowcase that, when I put it over
her head (she may need therapy for this later), it came down to her
ankles. I cut two armholes, two eyeholes and a hole to stick her
pacifier through. She was soooo cute! It was so much better than a
Sometime between Cowgirl Taylor and
Ghost Taylor, Zeb watched a movie called "The Last Unicorn." He
has become very interested in unicorns. In fact, after watching the
movie, he wanted to be a unicorn for Halloween. The one in the movie
was white. His horse costume is brown.
"Some unicorns are brown," I said, "and the only unicorn horn I have is brown. It would match your
brown horse costume perfect. I know! We could make your brown horse a
brown unicorn!" Perfect.
I rolled up a piece of brown
construction paper into a really tight spiral, cut it to size and
taped it with clear shipping tape right in the middle of his brown
horse's forehead. There you go - brown unicorn.
Halloween night came and we went to
church. Someone asked Taylor what she was going to be.
"A cowgirl," she answered
There went a perfectly good pillowcase.
If you ever stay in our guest bedroom,
you might think your pillow has eyes. It doesn't. It might have
Melissa Kinton is a stay-at-home mom.
She is currently rearing one son, one daughter, two cats, two horses,
three dogs, and one husband. She may be reached at