This year we bought our pumpkins early. Jerry and Gracie went to the store and picked out some excellent pumpkins - plenty big for carving. Gracie wanted to try one of the pattern books that you can buy at the store. We had always just carved freehand before, but you never know if you'll like something until you try it, so we got a pattern book. Of course, no matter what, the first step is to clean out the pumpkins!
As usual, Gracie reveled in the gunky-ness of the pumpkin innards, while Maggie kept up a constant stream of, "EEEWW!".
We all initially decided to try a pattern, but Maggie changed her mind once she tried to tape it on her pumpkin. She decided to free-hand it after all.
Jerry decided on a cyclops pattern,
Gracie did a pumpkin-faced witch,
And I did the cat. Maggie's didn't quite turn out the way she had intended, and she was not happy about that, but I think it gave our lineup some much needed character.
With the carving out of the way and the girls off to bed, I tackled the next aspect of Halloween - a costume. We had recently introduced the girls to the original Star Wars trilogy, and Gracie had expressed a desire to be Princess Leia for Halloween - although she did not want the braids on the side of her head. We tried to tell her that was what made a Princess Leia costume, but she was having none of it. Then this morning (the day before Halloween, she changed her mind. She wanted to be a fox. Normally I would not entertain a change of costume at this late juncture, but since I had done nothing to get a Leia costume together, (and I really thought a fox would be easier) I acquiesced. I gathered the required supplies that afternoon:
And voila! A fox is born! I asked her if she was prepared for everyone to ask her, "What does the fox say?" all night, and she assured me she was, and even did a song and dance for me, but she pretty flatly refused once we were at trunk or treat.
Maggie's original plan was to be a character from one of her many self-authored short stories, but when I asked her what that costume would look like, it was suspiciously like what she had worn to school that day, with a name tag that says, "Hello, my name is Pippa O'Ryan". I told her that was fine, but that she might get some folks who wouldn't want to give her candy if she looked like a teen-ager that hadn't bothered to get dressed up in a costume. After some thought, she went as this:
And no, she wasn't Hermione - she was a Hufflepuff disguised by Polyjuice Potion as a Griffindor!
Ah, my little ghouls are growing up!
First we went to our church's trunk-or-treat, where Maggie helped man the booth her Sunday School group had put together (Sesame Street Theme!)
Gracie ran across a friend from school dressed as Si -
And they tried their hand at the games of skill:
Whoda thunk that Uncle Si could hula-hoop?
Once we got home Gracie realized she hadn't painted her face, so we got her all dolled up:
And then we joined our neighbors for our annual romp around the neighborhood!
We only covered two streets, but the girls still had a candy haul that should keep them sugared up until Easter.
As long as mommy doesn't find the candy stash!