Making Halloween 2015

How we did Halloween this year:

Pumpkin Carving

With a small saw, of course.

Pumpkin Carving

And a small drill, of course.

Pumpkin Drilling

Pumpkin Drilling Too

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat

Designed and decorated by the kids. I like how Betsy made her doll a robot costume out of a Trader Joe’s Bag.

Trunk or Treating with Ursula

The costumes were a combination of bought, sewn, handed down to us and thrifted.

Mine was a last minute addition, because my Little Mermaid was begging for an Ursula. The day before Trunk-or-Treat I bought two dresses at  The Good Shepherd Alliance. The purple one I worse as purchased (over a purple shirt because it was cold). The black one was a crew-necked sheath with strips hanging down. I removed the under skirt and a few strips and cut down the top to make it strapless, and Matthew surprised me by painting the suction cups under the tentacles that night. (True love = surprising your wife by painting suction cups on her tentacles while she sleeps.)

Abigail’s Anna (Frozen) dress was purchased months ago at Costco, and worn around the house with great glee.

Henry’s fireman jacket was handmade by a friend for her grandson, and then passed down to us. Matthew made the air tank by spray painting and attaching straps to a soda bottle, and Henry obtained the hat on one of his many visits to the fire trucks. There’s a rescue station right next to our favorite local library/playground, and when we’re at the playground he just hangs out at the fence, watching the trucks, and once in a while if he’s lucky one of the rescuers comes out and gives him a hat.


Captain Hammer

Betsy’s mermaid costume is a mix of purchased (Target clearance swim top) and sewn. The skirt is a simple tube, with layers of turquoise, green, and purple tulle ruffles at the bottom for her tail. There’s a purple tulle twist added to the top in a nod to Ariel’s purple bikini top. She’s wearing it over a tan leotard for warmth. She decided to skip the red wig and do her own cute hair.

After watching a fire safety demo involving a kitchen fire, we tried to make Matthew a flaming oven costume so Henry could put the fire out. Look back at the picture of Abigail drilling her pumpkin and you’ll see the big silver thing in the background. Unfortunately, it fell victim to an enthusiastic helper, and we weren’t able to construct another in time. Ah well, he got to be Captain Hammer again, and that’s always fun, right?


Our teal pumpkin and non-food treats for the Teal Pumpkin Project. And some candy, too.

You may note that Abigail is no longer in her Anna costume. The rule in our house is that we make or buy one costume per person, and beyond that, the kids are welcome to raid the costume/dress-up stuff. So she’s wearing one of her old dance costumes, and some rain boots, and a coat, happily declaring herself “a princess.”


Our neighbors had a fun party in the driveway, with full DJ setup and lights. So you know that Matthew ran to the garage and threw up a few lights on our house too. We had so many trick-or-treaters this year that we ran out of candy and non-candy, and then Betsy put out her own treats and gave away everything she’d gotten.

She surprises me every day, that girl.

So, that was Halloween 2015.

Ursula Make-Up

I thinking of incorporating this into my everyday look. It’s subtle, but adds a little something, don’t you think?


About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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