I didn’t do much for “Mommy’s” first Halloween. She was ten months old and really not aware of the whole thing. I am amazed at how my daughters dress up the babies! It makes more sense now that the oldest granddaughters have figured it out. Now they coordinate the babies to go with their older siblings which is actually adorable. We had Merida from the movie “Brave” with one of the baby bears. We also had Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.
I have a special affection for Bugs. I sewed two Bugs Bunny costumes (complete with heads) when “Mommy” and “Calvin” were two and four. I spent weeks working on those costumes. Better than that, I had several weeks of peace and quiet after lunch. I convinced those two that I would only work on the costumes if they napped. Yep, bribery works and I am not ashamed to use it! They were blissful hours of silence!
I was nine months pregnant with “Mini Me” at the time. She was actually due on “Doc’s” birthday, but arrived three days later. I spent Halloween in the hospital with her and never got to see the kids wear the costumes that I had made for them. “Doc” took pictures for me, but it just wasn’t the same. Of course I did miss out on “Calvin” screaming hysterically when he had to put the mask on.
I am happy that my grandchildren live in areas where “Trick or Treating” is still done and it is safe. Watching moms and dads take their kids door to door brings back warm memories of when I was a kid. My parents did not usually “Trick or Treat” with us. We were given neighborhood parameters and knew that we needed to stay where we were told. Back then you got hundreds of kids coming to your door and you gave out full sized candy bars. It was fun to see so many kids enjoying the fun of dressing up in a costume.
I have gotten pictures from all of the gang of the pumpkins that they carved this year. My “adult” children have not grown up yet and I hope they never do. The pumpkins reflected their personalities and where they are at their various stages of life. The married children had family-style pumpkins, “Calvin” carved an elaborate dragon head, and the college boys……..well, use your imagination.
Happy Halloween to all! It won’t be long until Thanksgiving!!!!
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