Well Thanksgiving is here so I think its time to post about Halloween!
Iris was a rainbow! I saw a costume on Pottery Barn Kids and decided to whip up my own version. In ancient mythology Iris was Goddess of the Rainbow, so it just felt perfect. The gold sequin booty shorts and rainbow leg warmers were the icing on the cake.
Roman rejected all of his costumes. First, his superhero cape was “too tight” around his neck. Second was my disastrous attempt to make him the moon. He cried and cried as we struggled to put the giant moon pillow creation over his head. Lastly, I found a leather cowboy outfit at the local consignment store and decided with a few accessories he could be a wandering folk singer of sorts. I thought the stick and the musical instruments would be enough to distract him from the vest. It sort of worked. I think mostly the excitement of “trick-or-treating” saved the day. Also the fact that both his parents wore some silly cowboy clothes too.
We read him The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown dozens of times leading up to Halloween, it became a quick favorite. He still quotes, “I got… a ROCK!” on the regular. (To which we must reply, “NOT AGAIN!”) So he had an idea of what Halloween and trick-or-treating was all about, but this was his first experience with it.
We walked to Old Town to trick-or-treat with the “bootiques” on our way to Lee St. There were a few shops handing out candy, but the first house he trick-or-treated at was the Historic Carlyle Mansion, or “spooky haunted house” as we referred to it (another one of his books.) Lee St was the real highlight. The street was blocked off and gradually flooded with families. Everyone’s homes were decorated, there was great Halloween energy. It all got me very excited for years to come, when the kids have ideas about what they want to be and we all dress up as a family.
Roman timidly approached each door. Peered into each bowl of candy a tad bewildered. Picked something and began unwrapping it immediately. He ate almost every candy at once. As far as I know it was his first time eating candy so I found his instincts about it quite adorable. As it started to get crowded it became a little challenging for him to make his way to the candy bowls, and with all the candy he was eating we decided it was a good time to head back. He requested his “trick-or-treats” for days and seemed a bit confused about why we weren’t doing that every night.
The weather was perfect that night, we couldn’t have asked for a lovelier place to spend that holiday. Our first night in our new home, it was quite a treat ;)