My sons’ childhood seems to barely resemble the childhood I remember. And nowhere is the discrepancy more glaring than at Halloween.For American kids, Halloween has always been the BIGGEST deal of the year, barring the “Holiday Season” [which is now 2 months long.] Growing up, summer recess had scarcely commenced when my friends and I began our countdown to the spectacular, candy-coated event. We couldn’t imagine how its scale could possibly be any grander.How beguilingly naive.What’s Changed The Most:...more
Yes, it’s THAT time of year again: The Season of the Witch, All Hallow’s Eve, Trick or Treat, the Night of Mischief and, most definitely (my eyes are bleeding), really age-inappropriate costumes. ...more
I have found, in the past few years, that I have a ridiculous amount of fun crafting with duct tape. I couldn't give you any logical reason but, judging by the fact that there is an entire aisle of the stuff in my local supermarket, I'm guessing I'm not the only one who feels that way....more
Our costumes have always been homemade. The problem with homemade costumes when you're me is this: I have absolutely no sewing skills. Sure, I can re-affix a button to a shirt, but there have been several times my sweet, talented sister Jenny has attempted to teach me how to use a sewing machine and I've almost killed both of us. Multiple times.
I have totally missed the Halloween boat, and my kids are going to be pissed. They know I missed the boat, because yesterday when they brought the mail up to the house, their little faces were scrunched up as they held back the tears. “What's wrong?" I asked, "Was there a dead animal in the mail box?”
“No, mommy. You are late for Halloween! The Chasing Fireflies CHRISTMAS catalog is here and we still. don’t. have. costumes!”
I'm a crafty girl, so of course, I always make my kids' Halloween costumes. But even if you don't have a crafty bone in your body, I know you can make a costume this year (or at least vow not to spend an ungodly amount of money on a crummy costume at the store, okay?). I'll show you how—keep reading!