With Halloween fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to go back and look at the various costumes my children have worn through the years! I even stumbled across a couple gems of JB and I dressed up for a couple of Halloween parties.
2001: 101 Dalmatians
This was Monkey’s first Halloween! Naturally, he didn’t really understand what it was about, but he grabbed onto this 101 Dalmatians costume in the store…so that’s what we got! I spent the entire night telling everyone he wasn’t a cow, he was a freaking dalmatian. Dalmatians don’t MOO. (pardon the rough scan…this was before I had a digital camera.)
2002: Cute Clown
I so loved this cute clown costume! By the time I managed this picture, he had lost the hat, and wiped most of the makeup off. I’ve looked several times, and I can’t find a better picture of him from this particular year. Sad face.
I saved this one for a long time, hoping Diva would wear it. But after the JoJo nightmare (see 2006) we weren’t about to attempt to get her in another clown costume of any sort.
2003: Mike from Monsters, Inc.
This was the first year that Monkey informed us what he wanted to dress up as…and at that time, the original Monsters, Inc. movie was huge…so Mike it was! He kept this one for a long time, and it was a pretty typical sight to come to my house and see my kid walking around dressed like a chubby green monster.
2004: Harry Potter and Baby Snow White
Diva’s first Halloween, and she was pretty much a 3 month old lump in a Snow White costume…this isn’t the best picture of her obviously, but she looked so sweet! I went crazy with Monkey’s Harry Potter costume. It is still one of my favorites! You can’t see it under all his blonde hair, but he has a lightning scar on his forehead, too.
2005: Cyborg and Leopard Kitty
Monkey just had to be Cyborg from Teen Titans that year. Even though up to this point, he hated any costume that required the wearing of a mask, and we desperately tried to talk him out of this one. Of course, he ripped it off pretty quick and said it made his face hot. Diva was a super cute Leopard Kitty. She would walk around half the night, saying, “Meow, Mama!”
2006: Mr. Incredible and JoJo’s Circus
This was a fun year. Nah, not really. I adored both of their costumes, but that picture of Diva? The one where she’s bawling? That’s pretty much what she did THE.ENTIRE.NIGHT.
Also pictured? My sweet Gizmo kitty. I miss that little bugger.
2007: Ninja and Little Vampire
This was year one for the Ninja. He really got into character for this one, can you tell? For Diva’s vampire costume, I attempted to put dark makeup on her to make her look more the part. Unfortunately, I’m practically lily white, and she’s dark…so yeah, my darkest stuff barely showed up on her at all.
2008: Scary Vampire and Tinkerbell
Diva was really into Tinkerbell that year, and there was simply no question of what she would dress up as. Monkey chose to be a vampire, and JB really went all out on his makeup. At one of the Halloween parties we attended, my son the vampire was ecstatic that he scared my friend’s daughter. She refused to come anywhere near him after that.
This was also the year we attended two Halloween parties, and we dressed up for them. First, we were Gomez and Morticia Addams. I rock a black wig, no? I still have it, but that’s the only time I’ve worn that costume…because it was some kind of hot. Not smoking hot, but holy cow I’m roasting alive hot.
The second party was adults only…so my costume was slightly more, um…adult. I felt like I was about to pop out of my costume pretty much the whole night. JB had fun putting on his ghostly groom makeup…he freaked out our children, and he was happy about that.
2009: Snow White and Red Ninja
This was the second year Monkey was a ninja. This particular year, he and two other boys we went trick or treating with were dressed exactly alike…I had a hard time finding my kid half the time. My pretty little Snow White…the majority of the night, she ran around brandishing a samurai sword. Sigh.
2010: Werewolf and a Bumblebee
This was the first Halloween we stayed in our new town for the holiday. Monkey was a werewolf…that’s a “heart” he’s holding…he could pump it and it would make that “wound” on his chest would pulse. It was disgusting! Diva was an adorable little bumblebee…I loved her costume!
2011: Dorothy and…I don’t know what
This was the year that my daughter dressed as an adorable little Dorothy, complete with Toto in a basket. I honestly have no idea what my son was supposed to be…but I do know he hated that costume as much as I did, because he took it off halfway through the night.
2012: Gangster and Not a Geisha
This year was a fun year! Monkey decided after the previous year’s mask debacle, he’d go simple…and just paint on a beard. Diva told me she wanted to be a geisha girl after seeing the costume in a magazine. I was all for it, and then JB told me what exactly a geisha was…so um, here’s my daughter as Not a Geisha.
2013: Vampire and The Headless Horseman
This year was not particularly a fabulous one. All my son wanted to do was dress up as Slender Man. I had no idea who or what that even was at the time, so it was actually lucky that I couldn’t find a costume in his size! His second option was was this Headless Horseman costume, which he ditched less than an hour in. Diva fell in love with this vampire costume, and I have to admit, it looked pretty cute on her.
I love Halloween, and I have fun with the costumes. I love that my kids have always gotten so excited about picking their costumes out every year. This year feels like the end of an era…Monkey has decided not to dress up for Halloween this year, and that’s a decision that has been coming for a while. Diva is still debating if she wants a costume, so I’m hoping she doesn’t wait until the last minute to tell me what she wants to do!
[This post was originally posted October 2013, and updated in October 2014.]