My favorite time of year is upon us once again. I so enjoy Halloween that I often think of costume possibilities throughout the year. Usually those ideas are so fantastic that I make a mental note that I must start organizing and preparing for the costume no later than the last day of July. Soon, I’m staring down October 30th on the calendar and my kids end up with crappy store-bought costumes.
At least that is what happened this year. Last year, we successfully pulled off the Scooby-Doo gang (sans Scooby).And this year I have a mermaid who has already lost 40% of the sequins on her skirt and a pirate who is actually wearing a buccaneer costume that is being held together with safety pins. I am a boring old witch whose hat won’t stay on her head and tights that claim to be one-size-fits-all, but the crotch is only slightly higher than my knees. I’m pretty sure Ryan won’t be making any attempt at a costume at all.
I’m declaring right now that I will never buy a store bought costume again. It’s not so much the cost because I guarantee I spend way more on my homemade costumes than I do on the store bought ones, but I just like the fact that they can be relied upon to hold up through multiple wears. I also like to get pieces that can be worn on non-Halloween days. Kamryn wore the little purple dress all the time and I intended to wear the orange sweater, but the neck is just a bit too tight around the neck.
Now that I have established that our costumes don’t even meet mediocre standards, I had a couple of other disappointments today. The first came when I took Rory to school this morning. I checked him in only to see a sign that said a water pipe had burst and because of no running water, school was cancelled. They had a parade planned for the kids, which all the kids participated in, but then they were sent home. Ugh.Normally, Rory not having school would be a bit of a disappointment because it means I don’t get my 3 hours of “me” time. But today, my “me” time was lost anyway due to Kamryn’s Halloween party, which Rory would now be accompanying me.
I am the room mom for Kamryn’s class this year which means I am in charge of organizing the class parties. With the help of Pinterest and numerous websites, there is no shortage of ideas for crafts, games and snacks for kids. It’s the execution that counts. Overall, the party went fairly well. We played games, made spider cookies, made some bat crafts and listened to some music. The letdown came when I told Rory we had to leave.
He threw a fit of all fits. Screaming, crying, hitting, etc. It took absolutely every ounce of self control I had not to throw him over my shoulder, haul him out of school and pass him off to the next parent that drove up. We got in the car and I expressed my extreme disappointment in his behavior to which he yelled, “I WANT MY BINKY!”
The minute we got in the house, I told him to take off his costume and go to bed. He did. Two hours later, I had to wake him to pick Kamryn up from school. I guess someone was a little tired. It was then that I noticed a very creepy and ghostly image around the pumpkins that we carved on Sunday.Out went the pumpkins.
The only thing I wanted to do was sit down and watch a good 60’s or 70’s horror movie like Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, Amityville Horror or The Exorcist. There is something about the movies set in those decades that are always just a little bit creepier to me. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find any of those movies – not even on AMC and I was left watching My Idiot Brother.
Once we got home from picking Kamryn up from school, Kamryn declared today the best Halloween ever and we haven’t even gone trick or treating yet. Rory is singing “Trick or treat! Smell my feet! Please I can have something yummy?” And I am watching A Haunting, one of my favorite shows with terrible acting and horrible special effects, but a great narrator’s voice.