As Halloween creeps ever closer, I decided to look back at our hooligans through the years…since the eldest one is only 8, it was a pretty short look back. Here’s a peek at their costumes…
It’s kind of cool that they all three wore the pumpkin costume for their first Halloween. On Halloween, 2004, we passed out treats with my friend Kimberly, anticipating my GI Joe’s return from a year-long deployment. He arrived on the last flight of the brigade, of course, around midnight on November 9. Our hooligan took his first real steps on November 10, after his daddy had missed all the other milestones of his first year. And that was pretty much the last accommodating thing the hooligan did.
2005 found us in a new home in Kansas, and he was Elmo, mostly because it was a warm costume and he didn’t really care what he was. In 2006, our middle son was a newborn, and he didn’t get to trick-or-treat, but his big brother cleaned up in his Lightning McQueen racecare driver costume.
In 2007, the middle one had found his running legs, and wore the pumpkin costume with some urban camo pants to make a commando pumpkin, while his big bro saved the world as Captain America.
We moved again in 2008, back to Washington state, and adopted Princess Thundercloud. I sewed a purple glitter ruffle around the pumpkin costume and she debuted as a Ballerina Pumpkin, as the eldest was a fireman and the middle one wore the blue racecar driver suit.
My husband had just been home on R&R from another yearlong deployment, and missed Halloween 2009. We had fun dressed as a dogcatcher, a red racecar driver (because he outgrew the blue one!), and an adorable flower (again, it was the warmest one I could find!).
For trick-or-treating 2010, we were again in a new home, albeit not in a new state. The hooligans (unbelievably) were happy to wear the same costumes as the year before, but the boys needed to dress as their favorite saint for religious ed class. They both chose St. George, the Dragonslayer. Those were the most fun costumes I’ve made (and they won the Best Costume prize, which is really what church is all about).
Last year, we trick-or-treated at the Milwaukee Zoo (yep, we moved again), and finished just as the rain started. The oldest was a construction worker, the middle one recycled the Captain America costume, and we had the cutest cupcake ever (and the warmest!).
We’re ready and waiting for this year…we’ll have Luigi (from Mario Bros), a new and improved Captain America, and either a snow princess or the cupcake once again. What’re your little ones dressing as this year (or you, yourself, for that matter)?