Once again, we have made it through a busy October, finishing off with a day that so many associate with candy and costumes. And we are now no exception to the rule, we just choose to participate in a quite un-traditional manner.
Queen Elsa (Disney's Frozen) and Captain Kenway (pirate/adventurer) made appearances in classroom parties, then got freshened up for our Second-Annual Halloweaster Pinata Party.
Please know that I hold none of your traditions against you if you celebrate Halloween in the traditional manner. I might feel differently about it if we lived in a neighborhood of our own, but we don't, so this is what we do.
And now the story of the costumes... It was July, the day my girl and I were wandering the back aisle at our local Goodwill store. The day I heard her gasp so hard I thought she would suck all the air out of the room. The day she squealed in a not-very-her way "ELSA'S DRESS!!!". And sure enough, there it was, tucked into a section of passed-over prom dresses. Just my size, too, and at half price, only $7. Maybe I would be Elsa this year and let her dress up as Olaf... "Mama!" Okay, no... I guess not.
The boy-child's costume was a bit more of a challenge, until I went back to the same Goodwill store and found the really ugly 1980's men's black leather coat for just $12. Out came the scissors again, cutting away sleeves and length to create his leather long-vest, and making him look much more tough than any 8 year old ought to look, who just dressed up as Sir Topham Hatt two years ago.