October 31, 2006


We do Halloween here. Not big like some people I know (I was trying to link another blog as well... but their server must be down), but we do it fairly well. I have a ring of ghosts that I put out on my front lawn, the door is decorated and we put orange lights on the shrubs. We have little blinking lights and signs up the walkway and plastic pumpkins in the windows.

The boys each have their own pumpkin and they carved them last night with their father. I do not participate in pumpkin carving. That’s a father/son thing in my house. We couldn’t get the flash to turn off on my digital so this is the best we could do:

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The boys and their costumes? Why change something that works? My 2nd son once again went as a Knight from King Arthur’s Round Table, his alter ego. Those who know his name understand why he continues to go as this obscure knight. And I bit of a seque here, his costume? This was the frickin’ shepherd costume I made for Ringo when he was in Kindergarten 7 years ago for the Christmas play. It was worn by each son and has now been worn twice for Halloween. Never in a million years, as I was sewing this little tunic for a Christmas pageant, would I have believed you if you had told me it would have gotten so much use!

Last year he declared he hated the shoes he wore and was going to make wooden shoes for the next year. Instead, when shopping for sandals at the beginning of the summer he bought a pair with Halloween in mind. I’m not kidding. He bought a pair he thought would look more realistic with his Knight costume. I refuse to tell the kid that Knights did not fight for the Crown while wearing sandals.

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Meanwhile, we are still stuck on scary with the other two boys with Bones going yet again as ‘Scream’ and Ringo asking for a new mask. It was the cheapest Halloween ever. I ended up buying one mask and one black robe. Loooooove that!

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Throughout the night the kids in the neighborhood said they liked our decorations best, to which Bones replied, “Why? We do the same old stuff EVERY YEAR!” He is on a jag that we need MORE Halloween decorations. The fact is, hardly anyone decorates and the fact we do, excites the kids who come by, especially the really little people.

Bones came in the house excited that he’d gotten me some of my favorite candy, Milk Duds. Heh. Red licorice is right up there too, along with tootsie roll pops preferably cherry or chocolate. I thought it was sweet that he was so excited he had special candy for me.

And I got a call from Man Boy, who some of my newer readers probably do not know about. He’s a kid I watched grow up, I’ve known him since his Junior year in High School. He graduated to play college ball, and in the summers would sometimes babysit my boys… his sister was always my primary babysitter. He’s 25 now and a beautiful young man… HUGE. But he is a Boy to me, although Morrigan had to point out to me once that he is NOT. Anyway, ManBoy was at his folk’s house tonight when the boys came by for Trick Or Treating. He called me immediately when they left, to tell me didn’t even recognize Bones. Bones has gotten so long and lean. His face has narrowed and he looks like a big boy now. It made me laugh.

So a good time was had by all, even though it rained.

And I have to ask… how do y’all in the great white north handle cold Halloweens? Do your kids have to wear coats over their costumes?

Posted by Boudicca at October 31, 2006 09:44 PM | TrackBack

Hey, it was a balmy 44 Degrees out tonight, and Clone went out as a Police Man. He did NOT wear a coat over his costume... he wore it under.

Posted by: Contagion at October 31, 2006 09:57 PM

How in the heck do you wear your coat UNDER it? Do you get your costumes extra large?

Posted by: Bou at October 31, 2006 10:11 PM

Brenna had on thermal PJs and a velour sweat suit with her faery costume. I saw mittens, hats and winter coats last night. It's all about the layering.

Posted by: Jody at October 31, 2006 11:01 PM

It was 46' here tonight....we have a freeze warning in effect.

But my kids wear a coat? Hah! Not on your life. They went out in their costumes- assuming that 14 and 15 yr olds can still trick or treat- so they did.
Of course, they believe that all that walking and running up to a house will keep them warm.

Oh- and Girlie brought me all her Almond Joy- my favorite.

They did go out in a group- a 17 yr old (Barbie, Hippie's dau), 16 yr old Ditzy Blonde (5th son's g/f), 15 yr old Little Man, 14 yr old Girlie, 14 yr old P.I. (Hippie's dau), and numerous LITTLE kids....like five of them...10 and under.

Yup- houses bolted up their doors and flipped off the lights when they say THAT crew walking up!

Posted by: Rave at October 31, 2006 11:31 PM

Up here in MN it was a warm 25 degrees outside. Haha it was so cold. Everyone was bundled up and or shaking. Kinda funny I think. The older kids seemed to tough it out while the little ones were nice and cozy in their mittens and stuff. But they wore masks so they could have a little bit of a costume on.

Posted by: AJ at November 1, 2006 12:00 AM

Sigh. I assume you wanted to link to me. We're having major server issues. We thought, at 10p, that we were back up and running because the sites came up on all computers at home, but now I see that we're still down.

And, no email during all this time either.

I'm going through such withdrawal!

Your kids looked great! And excellent pumpkins!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at November 1, 2006 08:26 AM

Son is right about the shoes. The Romans occupied England during the time of the Arthurian legends and the knightly wear was based on Roman styles.

Posted by: Tink at November 1, 2006 11:10 AM

It was cold and rainy and we simply layered up!

Posted by: oddybobo at November 1, 2006 12:03 PM

you should enter your pumpkins in the blog-o-lantern contest:

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at November 1, 2006 12:19 PM

My ass has still not thawed out from sitting in the "pirate ship" (my front porch) last night. Kids were layered up pretty good- coats over, under, whatever worked. At least it didn't snow.

Posted by: Raging Mom at November 1, 2006 01:06 PM

I thought of you and the boys Bou, I went to look for some Halloween decorations and saw a costume for the "Black Knight" from Monty Python, with severed arm and all...

Posted by: P'cola Titan at November 4, 2006 02:04 PM