This year for Halloween, Elliot had another great idea (really, I’m not being sarcastic!). We’re aware that family-themed costumes are completely over-the-top. We’re also aware that we only have a few years to pull it off, before it’s not only over-the-top, but also completely lame. So, whatever, we wanted to try for it again this year. Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Of course, right?! Isla is still somewhat golden-haired. Asher is still somewhat a baby, with the perfect-for-Halloween skills of walking and talking. The theme lends itself well to a home-made flair, an important component to Halloween for us. So there you have it.
Unfortunately, we made a few critical errors.
1- We decided to make bear heads, which took waaaaayyyy longer than we anticipated.
2- We decided to make bear heads, and didn’t fully think through the whole vision aspect (“brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?” Very, very little!).
3- We decided to make bear heads, and just figured our laid back Asher would go along with it.
4- We believed we could jedi-mind-trick Isla into wanting to dress up as Goldilocks. Actually, we thought she’d go for this easily. Beautiful dress (which is all she wants to wear these days… except on Halloween…), ringlets, bows, mary janes, how could she not go for this?? Well, she didn’t. She’s been saying for over 2 months that she would be going as Spider Girl. We’re not even sure how she knows anything about SpiderMan. Anyway, any guesses what she went as? As it turns out, I think this still makes sense! The 3 bears (or… the 3 humans, whose handmade bear heads that took a century to make didn’t even make it to the first house) took Goldilocks trick-or-treating. And Goldilocks dressed up as Spider Girl. Yeah, this family costume theme totally worked. Knocked it out of the park. Ok, joking aside, I sorta fell in love with Isla’s gender-bending rendition of the classic super hero. The pigtails, her idea. The pink shoes, her idea. The muscled body suit, her idea. The face paint, her idea. SpiderMan was a popular character out there trick-or-treating tonight. But Isla was the only girl, and the only one with face paint instead of a mask.
So, you live and learn! At least we managed to snap a few cute pictures, which is all that matters in the long run. (During one of our many late night crafting sessions, I overheard Elliot, who is taking his board exam in 2 weeks, mutter, “As long as the pictures turn out okay. Nobody whose anybody cares about the boards anyway.”) And successful costumes or not, we had a fun night! Isla and Asher loved going door-to-door. And with the gates to the base opened after 6pm, we loved seeing our neighborhood flooded with Okinawan children right alongside the military children. We had 5 bags of candy. We ran out within 20 minutes! Now that’s Halloween!
Omg hilarious! Love all of this!!!
Love, love love the costumes!
You know those SpiderMan cheezits you bought for Isla this summer?? Well one afternoon, Isla and I devoured about 1/2 the box (ok I alone devoured 1/2 the box), and them we played “SpiderMan” or more appropriately, “SpiderGirl” (aka Isla jumping on Tim, and Tim helping Isla walk up the archway in the family room). So I may be partly to blame for Isla’s choice in costume… which I am happy to accept responsibility for 🙂
Rock on with your bad SpiderGirl self Isla Jane…
Ohhhh, that actually explains a lot!!! Seriously, she’s been running with this Spider Girl thing for awhile now, and it started before her new preschool here, so she didn’t get it from kids at school. Tim and the Cheezits!! (That sounds like a band name or something) She even picked out a Spider-Man action figure to give to Elliot for his birthday. How was your Halloween?
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Bear heads are fantastic! Another easy project for adults. By the way, wine helps the craft go more quickly. The bears and the reluctant goldilocks,aka spiderlady, look great! Enjoy the fun while they still believe you have clever ideas!
Tim, that is a story for the ages. Elizabeth, hope you get that down in some baby book – do they still have those things? Funny how we get surprised to find out that something we shared/did with a child can leave such a great impression. Rock on, Tim!