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Halloween – The Recap

Halloween this year was a lot of fun.  Not only was I home and able to help take the girls trick-or-treating, but the girls are finally getting old enough to really enjoy the holiday as it was intended (and by that, I mean getting super-psyched about pumpkin carving, dressing up, and collecting your body’s weight in cavity-inducing candy).

The Color Princess designed our pumpkin this year, sketching it out on paper, and I transferred it to the oversized orange gourd and carved while the girls looked on in anticipation.  They refused to help clean out the inside, though, which shows they’ve got their priorities straight.

Halloween pumpkin

Sunday afternoon, we all got decked out in our trick-or-treating costumes and headed over to Brian and Kim’s place, where we marshaled the troops for photo ops and pre-candy instructions.

The CP wanted to be a fairy, and the Bean dressed up in the hand-me-down cow costume.  They both were ADORABLE!

The girls in costume

Dee “dressed up” too, but she decided to keep it low key.  She looked cute in recycled ears from the CP’s last costume, though!

My favorite girls

Of course, as promised, I went as Cap’n Tightpants, the gay pirate.  (You know you were waiting for this picture!)

Capn' Tightpants

The mustache makes the costume, right?

We also had a few resident superheroes join us for the festivities:

Superman and Batman

Bruce, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

And that fateful first meeting of the individuals that would one day form the Justice League occurred:

Future Justice League Members

DC comics later replaced Commander Cow with The Flash.

All in all, we had quite a few people ready to go trick-or-treating in our crew:

The trick-or-treating crew

The actual trick-or-treating was fun, but exhausting for all involved parties.  I helped walk the Bean to most of the doors, and she very quickly grew tired of holding her bucket in between houses (I don’t blame her, she had about 20 pounds of candy in it!)  We walked until it was apparent everyone was ready to head home, so we finished the loop around the neighborhood with a few final houses, and headed back to stretch out on a blanket on the grass and inspect the candy haul.

Post-acquisition candy sampling

All-in-all, the girls (and their parents) had a lot of fun this year.  I won’t go as far as to say “I can’t wait until next year”, but I’m sure by the time next October rolls around, I’ll be looking forward to a repeat performance.  (But maybe I’ll leave the striped tight-pants at home, next time.)

QotW: Halloween Costumes

The Vox Diaspora Question of the Week is:

When you were young, what was your favorite Halloween costume? Even better if you have pictures to share!

My absolute favorite costume from when I was a kid is one I can’t remember wearing – for good reason.  I was just over 1 year old at the time.  It was a tiger costume that a friend of the family made and gave to my parents after I was born.

Ross as a Halloween Tiger (1980) Ross at Halloween (1980)

Of course, the costume was so well-made that it got passed on to my brothers, who each wore it in turn.  Then my parents boxed it up and put it away, only to pull it out in time to give to Dee and I for our kids to wear!

Bumblebee and Tiger going for a rideTiger ROARS!

I’m not sure what we’re going to do with the costume now – probably box it up and pass it on to someone else in the family when they have a little one the same age…

As for costumes as I grew older – I can’t remember many of them, but think that a vampire was one of my standard go-to costumes.  Mostly because it just required a vinyl cape & plastic fangs.  The mask was optional, but made me feel cooler:

Ross, Ben and David at Halloween 1986 (Note Ben the Happy Transformer and David the Tiger as we prepare to go trick-or-treating together)

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