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We have always done Halloween... It might be my favorite holiday.
I have loved making my kids costumes - whatever they wanted to be I would figure it out and then try at the last minute to throw together my costume something to do with one of theirs and then also hoodwinking the husband into at least some kind of token costume which was always very hard to do...
we live in a really good treat or treating neighborhood, people do up their houses, I mean really, sound effects and all, one guy does a blacklight puppet show in his front window every year, a couple families do haunted houses the kids can come in and of course lots of elaborately carved pumpkins everywhere. The evening culminates in a huge neighborhood parade down Seventh Avenue. We would always go down to watch for awhile, sidewalks packed, incredibly imaginative costumes, spotting people we know... and then we'd join the parade too. When the kids were young still, the night ended with pouring their loot in piles on the floor and trading favorites...

She Devil, The Devil's Mom, Britney Spears

Princess Leia, Megara, Pegasus 

Bat, Bear, Simba, Teen Witch

Simba's tail

Belle (beauty and the beast)

Percy the pug, Littlest Witch


Circus Act

Harry Potter and Hedwig and below with Mrs. Norris the cat (and two other good buddies as HP characters)

as my kids got older, I still made costumes and they'd still get all dressed, but go to meet their friends somewhere else in the city and there would be parties and I wouldn't see them until the end of the night and at some point the husband would get home from working late and I'd have handed out like $200 worth of candy and enjoyed everyone else kids... last year, I didn't even carve a pumpkin, I lamely posted the year before's pumpkin here----my kids were both really gone, one out of the nest (she'd asked me to help her with a vampire bite a few days earlier) and the other away at college and I just got so friggen sad. I don't know why. I do, but I don't. So anyway, this year I think I won't even be home... if there is agility class I'll do that.


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Oct. 19th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
Oh man, I hear you loud and clear! I was getting sad and nostalgic just looking at your photos and it's not even my family.

You did make some really *awesome* costumes.

Oct. 19th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
Before kids... the husband and I would go to watch the very adult and hilarious village parade in Manhattan, but I'm feeling been-there-done-that about that.
oh well. I'm sure there will come a day when the fun of Halloween returns to me.
Oct. 19th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
For the last 35 years I have celebrated Halloween at school. Along with all the kids I would come in costume. The last five years Matilda came with me in costume, too. This year I guess I will just pass out candy to the 20 or so kids who come trick-or-treating
Oct. 20th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
they'd probably be happy to see you if you went to school, do they do a parade or something? I think the town does doesn't it?
Oct. 19th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way. I really do miss the period where they were kids and the holidays were about the extra time together doing a project or decorating. I used to decorate for EVERY holiday. The kids would get so excited about the decorations and fun of putting them out.
Oct. 19th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, and for BOTH of you... there's always the grandchildren! Sure, there will be a lag... but they'll show up before you know it and you'll be all decorating, and baking and etc. again. My mom LOVED IT! and continues to love it (my younger nephews are only 7-9).

I'm thinking that won't happen to me. Allison is certainly NOT the mom type, tho she says she'll have three corgis... hahahah
Oct. 20th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
who knows... I have saved tons of costume supplies, a whole wall of shelves, joke would be on me---no grandkids
Oct. 20th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
right, the decorating, very big for so many years... B loved doing the spider webs, so it was incredibly hazardous walking around our home. family. its a real good thing.
Oct. 19th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Allison started crazy costume requests really early (like age 2!) and kept it up through at 5th grade. We had butterflies, black widow spiders, a shark (that wasn't easy), fire faerie (from a video game, also not easy), and Dementor. Then, abruptly, she just stopped. All of a sudden, like 5th grade, nada. It was weird. But in a way, a nice break.

Normally I try not to be home. The constant knocking on the door drives the dogs nuts. So I either turn out all the lights and hide w/ a TV show (sometimes baseball!) or leave to some place quiet and take the dogs, so they're not bothered.

Hope you find something for you that feels good.
Oct. 20th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
good so i'm not the only kilyjoyhallowgrinch... yeah, I'll find something--thanks
Oct. 19th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Love these photos!

You know, enthusiasm waxes and wanes. Halloween happens every year. I and when you regain yr passion for the holiday, it won't even notice that you were gone! :-)
Oct. 20th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
good way to look at it
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