The kids have been talking about what they wanted to be for Halloween since last Halloween. They’ve also changed their minds around 3,000 times so whenever they came to me and told me that they absolutely wanted to be a ninja cat for Halloween, I’d say, “That’s nice. How about we talk about it in October.” Once October rolled around, we started talking Halloween costumes in earnest. Since Cooper is the more consistent one, we based our costumes around him. This year he wanted to be Woody from Toy Story. (Last year, he was Buzz. I’m pretty sure he’s just trying to accumulate costumes of all the characters.) Ellen agreed to be Bo Peep and Noel and I decided to be Jessie and Buzz.
I took care of most of the sewing/gluing/collecting of costumes, but Noel did contribute his services in making Ellen a shepherd’s hook with a pvc pipe, sand, and a blowtorch.
In a funny twist of fate, we showed up at our church Halloween party and discovered that our across the street neighbors were also dressed up as Toy Story characters. The kids made a pretty cute trio.
Noel and I were able to both make it to the kids’ school Halloween parade as well as volunteer at their class parties.
This year was also the second year that we did a Dia de Los Muertes (Day of the Dead) altar. It was tender to talk to the kids about some of our loved ones as we showed them photos and talked about their favorite things. This is becoming one of my favorite traditions. Ellen had a bunch of friends over to frost cookies. When she gave them a tour of the house, she waved towards the entry table and nonchalantly said, “These people are all dead.” None of the kids even batted an eye.