it’s that time of the year again. pumpkins have been bought and carved, costume planned and well, okay… we still have to go buy the candy. we now wait until a day or two before – especially if the weather calls for rain.
how wet this halloween will be will determine how many visitors we get. now that i have to watch my sugar intake, i truly do not wish to have too many leftover halloween treats lying around!
this saturday, chaeli and i brought home two large pumpkins (2 for $5!) and one small one (chaeli thought it was cute – and it was only $0.99).
her and doug did some research online for some ideas and i must say they did a pretty good job! i have yet to decide what i want to do with the small one. rarely do i make faces on my pumpkins – i opt out for a design instead. i think one year i just did a crescent moon and some stars.
i’m a minimalist. i think my MIL hates that about me. she is the extreme opposite – more is better. but i’m always less is more. designers tend to understand this – negative space is a huge impact in design. i can’t help it if my work creativity flows over to my pumpkin carving.
same goes for my easter egg decorating.
i will be honest. i’m not a huge fan of halloween. during chaeli’s early years, it was a novelty for me. to see my kid look cute and immobile in the big fat pumpkin costume was a hoot. and i still love seeing her dress up as each year, we’re now trying to be more creative in putting the costume together rather than buying a whole made-up one. it’s something doug has been pushing for years. i avoided it because it’s more work to make one and/or put one together but i do see the advantage in it.
for one, it will be original. and 2nd, you can do a lot with wearing everyday, store-bought clothes with the right accessories.
last year, chaeli was a funky cat. decked out all in black with a poofy mini-skirt, we just bought her a tail and ear kit. we got her some cheap, black, faux-suede boots, too. along with a couple of smaller stuff that didn’t cost much.
this year, she wants to go as a cat again but i bought her a mini-balloon skirt from children’s place that has shiny leopard spots all over it. add some red and silver hair spray to the effect and she’s now upgraded to a punk rock leopard!
still, i am not looking forward to that after-work rush to get dinner down. and then the before bedtime rush that follows. next year, halloween will be on a friday – a little less chaotic.