October 31, 2008
For the Halloween parade we all trekked a block to a neighboring office building and formed a really long line to trick-or-treat at the offices. My child seemed to be the only one rebelling against the idea of a single-file line. She wanted to check out open offices and see what else was going on. I didn’t see any other wanderers, but I was busy chasing Leia-Sofia all over the place. Dave got a lot of great vide and pasted it all together to short Star Wars clip starring Princess Leia-Sofia. Check it out at you-tube: http://uk.youtube.com/user/dfern1.
We didn’t go out and do any additional trick-or treating, opting to save Sofia’s costume for our neighbors’ Halloween party the following night. Instead we stayed home and passed out candy to trick-or-treaters. We had a surprisingly good turn-out. This is our 3rd Halloween in our house. The first year I had a huge bowl of candy and was so excited to get trick-or-treaters and we got a total of (2) who were way too old to be asking for candy – I think one even stubbed a cigarette out on my walkway before positioning his mask. Dave gave them lots of candy just to get rid of some of it. Last year we had a handful of kids and this year was better than that. Our neighborhood is one in transition so I think it will keep getting better each year.
November 1, 2008
I spent pretty much all day Saturday constructing my costume for the Halloween party later that evening – I was going as “SuperMom”. Sofia and I were up and out of the house early to run errands and get the oil changed in my car (fun stuff). After that we went to the fabric store and got the stuff I needed for my SuperMom costume. Since I only decided what I was going to be for the Halloween party the previous day it was a bit of a scramble to pull it all together. But, never fail, I channeled a little SuperMom and pulled it off. I made my utility belt out of a think vinyl material (like picnic tablecloth material) and made my big “M” logo out of craft foam (If I did it again I would paint it on the vinyl – but live and learn). The crown was a good finish and I labeled it “SuperMom” so that there would be no confusion. I also constructed a mask since I couldn’t find one in the store. However, as I was putting on eye make-up – which I wear so infrequently – I decided that I didn’t need a mask. After all, Wonder Woman doesn’t wear a mask.
Dave, wasn’t feeling great so he didn’t join us for the Halloween party. Had he gone, he would have dressed up as Carl the Groundskeeper from the movie Caddyshack. It would have been a great costume because he can channel Carl and do the voice and some of the dialogue. But, it wasn’t to be. So, Princess Leia-Sofia and I went next door without him and had a great time. She did really well with all the other people’s costumes. There were a couple I thought would really freak her out. Surprisingly, the only one that really seemed to bother her was a gentleman dressed as a Mongol. Maybe it was the double bladed axe he had – it did look very realistic. At any rate…she steered clear of him all evening.
We were only at the party for about an hour and a half – it was past Princess Leia-Sofia’s bedtime and she still needed to take a bath. But, the party was lots of fun. Sofia ran all over the place and had a great time. We will be looking forward to trick-or-treating next year and of course for next year’s Halloween Bash next door. I will only change one thing: I will start making the costumes earlier!