Because this is October. As you may be aware, October is the month of Halloween (not Christmas. I'm talking to you, retailers everywhere). And because October is the month of Halloween, I've got Halloween on the brain.
I like to dress my kids up:
|That's the Princess, age 7 months.|
|Age 19 months|
|Age 2. A pirate with attitude.|
|Age 3. Snow White.|
|Age 4. Pinkalicious!|
|The Princess, 4 years, and the Monster, 6 weeks.|
|Costume 1: Vampire|
|Costume 2: Wyatt Earp|
|Wyatt Earp, people!|
I like carving pumpkins:
|OK. Truth? I do not like carving pumpkins. I like looking at pumpkins carved by my husband and child.|
|Yes, my husband is the Official Carver of Gourds and Melons in this household for good reason.|
I LOVE trick or treating:
|Another year, another zombie. Mother-daughter zombies!|
This was for my brother's zombie-themed birthday party (his birthday is October 26).
The Princess was 3 and she was a zombie ballerina.
I even like Halloween cakes:
|It's a brain. It's a cake. It's a brain cake, and I made it for the aforementioned Zombie Birthday Party.|
OK. I don't always dress like a zombie. I've been Dorothy, Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton's the Corpse Bride, a fairy, and a host of other things. But for some reason I can only find photos of the zombie costumes right now. That's OK. Zombies are awesome. There are more zombies to come. Just wait.
So. You can imagine that one other thing I like is decorating my house for Halloween. But see, the thing is, I have kids. Young ones. And they get all...scared. So we've done some cutesy pumpkin crap for the last few years so the Princess wouldn't be terrified of her own front door or whatever. Kids, right?
But this year she's 5, practically a teenager, and we think it's time to introduce her to the truth about Halloween. It's scary. In the most awesome way. I think she's ready; she's fully aware of zombie and vampire mythology. Whereas past years have been all about the princess, the costumes she's been considering this year have been decidedly on the side of horror. (She settled on a witch, by the way, and kind of a cutesy sparkly witch, but a witch nonetheless, which I count as progress. It's not a princess.)
Also? We have a new house. And the front of our new house has a gorgeous roomy porch with bushes and trees and flower beds and lots of space for...creativity. Space for lots more fun than some stupid grinning pumpkins, right?
Today the Princess spent the day with her grandparents, and tHe O.G. and I found ourselves at the local Spirit Halloween store. Looking. And imagining all the various ways we could turn the front of our new house into something that would
We came home with some stuff. A lot of stuff, maybe. We might have come home with like 3 big bags full of creepy, demented, twisted stuff, OK?
And the crowning glory of this stuff? Brace yourselves...
...No seriously, brace yourselves. If you have a weak constitution you might want to turn back now...
|INCREDIBLY LIFELIKE ZOMBIE BABY EATING ITS OWN FOOT!!!|
That feeling you're feeling right now? It's called jealousy. Or nausea. One of those.
But probably jealousy.
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