Halloween is one of my family's very favorite holidays. We usually create a big spook alley at my parents house and then dress up and terrify the neighborhood scaredy-cats (its not a very spooky spook alley unless you are 6 years old or younger). So being in New York and far from "home" was a little bit hard this year. However, my little cuties did make up for most of it.
I decided on Charlie Brown and Snoopy a little while ago but didn't get on the costumes ahead of time which led to a giant scramble the few days before Halloween. Charlie Brown was easy obviously, I found a cute onsie (a few sizes too big, oh well!) on the cheap and just paired it with his black pants, a toy football and a drawn on curly cue and eyebrows. (sidenote: the eyeliner goes on and comes off very easily. So I spent some of my alone time drawing on different mustaches on the babies. Soooo funny. If you have a baby I highly suggest this activity the next time you are bored.)
Snoopy was pbviously the bigger challenge. I tried to find a ready made costume online but none were to be found. Seriously! Not even a crappy one. I came up with a brilliant plan to just buy a giant plush Snoopy and cut it open and stick Sophie inside...which maybe would have worked but stuffed animals are not really built to be a costume. So instead I found a cute winter suit and made some modifications. Sophie's white suit actually has little bear ears and bears on the feet but since I bought it a size too big so she can wear it all winter (two birds with one stone!) I just tucked the feet in and put a few stitches in so they would look like paws and then tacked her Snoopy ears over the bear ears. Add a patch on the back, a little tail to the bum, a red felt collar, and a Woodstock Beany Baby and walla! Snoopy! And again I got to use my eyeliner to fill in her little nose.
As for our actual Halloween celebrations, we were pretty relaxed this year. We went to our church's Halloween party which was really fun. There were tons of people there. It is a pretty big community event and everyone brings friends. I was shocked when I saw the crowd. They did a bunch of fun games in the gym for the kiddos and I had some of the best chili of my life. Once it got dark they did a Trunk-or-Treat and I was super impressed by the showing. I wish I could have taken good pictures but it was too dark. Seriously, those cars were decked out. I love our little family ward.
On Halloween we went in to Albany to trick-or-treat at Danny's school. The administration decorates their offices, this year was Wizard of Oz themed, and the students go get treats. They invites the students to bring their kids, which means the twins and one other kid (that belongs to a second year)...in the entire school. We are kind of an anomaly here in New York and definitely at Albany Med. But it was so fun! I got to see more of D's school and meet a bunch of his friends and teachers. They had a giant yellow brick road and the staff was dressed up as different characters. Such a fun way to show off the babies and celebrate Halloween.
We were going to go to a friends house that was having a party and group trick-or-treat but D had a test the next morning so we just stayed in. We ordered our favorite pizza (pep, onion, green pepper, tomato) from our favorite place over here. Oh, Papa Divinci! I love you! Then we just put the babies to bed, watched a few shows and handed out candy to the neighborhood kiddos. I love all the New York accents. Danny does not love that the kids weren't actually saying "trick-or-treat" so he started just opening the main door but staying behind the glass door until they said it. He is teaching the younger generation the meaning of hard work...or something.
Hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween as much as we did. I'm already running through ideas for next year. Add Halloween costumes to the "pro's list" for having twins! If I would have gone for triplets I could have had a real Woodstock...probably not worth it.