Since we are gearing up for Christmas, I thought why not take a look back at Halloween.
When Bailey told me she wanted to be Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit, I beamed with pride. A girl after my own heart, swoon. But you know what is hard to find at the thrift stores…hobbit gear. I don’t know why I assumed it would be easy to find a green vest, red corduroy jacket, and some tweed pants that I could alter. But after hitting the third thrift store and coming away with nothing but a white blouse, I took to the internet, “How much could a hobbit costume be anyway?” $9.95 that’s how much…sold! Bailey wasn’t as thrilled as I was, “That’s not how it looks in the movie.” It took just a little bit to convince her that a movie quality costume wasn’t a possibility. She was thrilled when it finally came in the mail but more thrilled when the hairy feet showed up.
Mia on the other hand kept looking outside for a package with her costume in it that was never going to come. When I suggested she be a troll for Halloween, I was thinking of the old gem trolls that were a hit in the 80’s. She was all for it, although I could have suggested she be a centipede or a rock and she would have been all for that too. Every day she would declare, “I’m going to be a tiger. I am going to be a horse. I’m going to be a kitty cat. I’m going to be a witch.” And then I would say, “I thought you were going to be a troll?” “Oh yes! I am going to be a troll!” and so on. But then we started seeing toys and previews for the new TROLLS movie and a new excitement was reached. Bailey was pulling for Mia to be Branch, but Poppy was triumphant in Mia’s eyes. Her costume was all about the hair. We teased and sprayed until we could “TASTE IT IN MY MOUTH!!!“, but we survived. We didn’t see the movie before Halloween but have seen it since. Go see it, it will make your heart happy.
Like every year, Bailey seemed to be more interested in handing out candy than going to get it. There can’t be very many situations where it is is the kid saying, “Can we go home, now?” and the adults saying, “Let’s just do one more house.”
My only regret is not showing up as Gandalf the Grey to Bailey’s Halloween party at school. I had picked up a Wonder Woman shirt with attached cape to get in the spirit of things and was greeted joyfully by Bailey and her school chums. But when I asked Bailey if she liked my costume, she gave me one of her disapproving looks and whispered “You should have been Gandalf.” I am wasting these days! What kid is okay with their mom showing up in a themed costume with them! AT SCHOOL!
I can only hope for next year.