I’m getting less and less enamored of Halloween every year, but it’s still really fun to see what the boys dream up as far as costumes go. It’s all about the costumes for us. We keep it fun and uplifting though; so many of the costumes out there seem to be getting more and more inappropriate, but that’s a post for another day. We did go trick-or-treating at DH’s work on Friday afternoon and were invited to a costume birthday party on Saturday afternoon, as well as to a family party Saturday night. By Monday, we were kind of tired of Halloween so we just went to visit my grandparents and dropped by a few other friends for a bit. It was really nice just to visit and not be overloaded with candy and the boys didn’t really miss not trick-or-treating, although DH had to go and buy some candy that was half-price yesterday along with some bat-shaped pretzels we can use for snacks.
We decided to let E be Thor with his hammer. He wore the Viking tunic A wore when he was about the same age, but I couldn’t find a helmet and it would only have lasted about 2 seconds anyway. He really wasn’t thrilled about trying on the costume at first, but it was minimalist enough that after wearing it four times, he knew just what to do. He really enjoyed hauling his hammer around though.
I never did get a good picture of D, who just wanted to be Army Guy with his (already owned) camouflage shirt and pants and a $3 helmet (alternately paired with sandals, tennis shoes, and yellow rain boots.) He’s easy.
Then there was Pharaoh. C saw the hat at the party store and had to have it, which was good because I never could find any suitable striped cloth for a headdress. He’s wanted to be Pharaoh for months now. We pulled out the Greek chiton which went down to his ankles when we last studied ancient history and it was perfect for Pharaoh. DH said Pharaoh wouldn’t have worn that much clothing in the heat of Egypt. I had to remind him that this was not Egypt, but Utah in October, plus C himself said he couldn’t just wear clothes from the waist down because that wouldn’t have been modest! I made the belt and collar for him and finally on Monday we remembered the fake beard. At one point there was black eyeliner involved too, but I’m terrible at putting it on and C was incredibly squirmy about it which made it look even more interesting!
I think he had the most fun this Halloween though. Almost every year we’ve had a costume or two from our history studies and it’s been more meaningful when they actually know something about their character. Maybe I should make that a requirement! Or not–I like to see what they come up with on their own.
Here’s the best shot I got of the four of them. Now you can see Army Guy doing his thing (with a water gun in one hand and the diaper bag over his shoulder.)