Garden graveyards, jack-o-lanterns peeking out of windows, kids excitedly planning their costumes (mine lock theirs down over the summer), and bags upon bags of candy piled up like sandbags in the pantry can only mean one thing: the most wonderful time of the year is here!
Halloween is one of our absolute favorite holidays, and not just because of all the happy haunts mentioned above.
Nope, what really makes Halloween win at all the things is the happy haunts wrapped in candy-covered awesome it lets us experience as a family.
From an annual kid-friendly creepy movie countdown — Hocus Pocus, Monsters University, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Haunted Mansion, The Adventures of Icabod and Mr. Toad, Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie all vie for the top spots on our list — to baking monster cookies inspired by Mike Wazowski, our October is jam-packed with pumpkin picking, craft making, house decorating, costume wearing, treat-making activities we do together.
And then there’s the costumes.
Oh, how we love to dress up. Yes, we. As in grown ups, too. I’m pretty sure my husband and I will never get tired of dressing up. Ever.
Our costumes are way more fun than they are elaborate (we’re not professional cosplayers), and it’s that freeing sense of pure childhood magic that keeps us creative. The kids vote on what we parents should be, and we weigh in on the kids’ costume ideas. For several years, I was the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp, not animated), and the kids and Jeff went with a number of different disguises from Luke and Anakin Skywalker to Cinderella and Ariel. One year was all about mashups that resulted in Buzz McQueen, The Mad Hatteress, Princess Captain Hook and Woody Mater. Let’s just say a lot of photo requests were granted at our neighborhood’s downtown trick-or-treat event.
Last year, I strayed from my usual Deppage and went with Doctor Who (the 11th of course), but am putting my sonic screwdriver aside this year in favor of Captain Jack Sparrow, complete with beard, braids and guyliner. Jeff is planning on being Han Solo bird from Angry Birds (hee), while the kids are going with Monsters University (Winnie will be Carrie Williams!) and LEGO (William is going to be Laval from Legends of CHIMA, plus light saber of course).
We’ve been working on our costumes for months now, and we can’t wait for everything to come together on Halloween night!
It’s going to be spooktacular.
A retrospective of our haunted happenings thus far:
Photo credits: Pilar Clark
Travelhound Pilar wouldn’t mind being at Walt Disney World eating the ears off a Mickey ice cream bar right about now. But, since she can’t be at her “second home” year round, she curates happy thoughts on Disney Social Media Magic, a virtual springboard where breaking news and other Disneyfied thingamabobs are shared. For more mouse-minded geekery, join Pilar on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and personal site, One Mom Media.