I never was a huge fan of Halloween, and yet I didn't really like the idea of avoiding simple, fun things like collecting loads of candy from local businesses and houses. So...after a couple of years of randomly dressing up, I decided upon a new family tradition. The rule is: you can dress up, but it must be a real historical character. Yet as I am typing, I am remembering more of how the tradition began: Jake was terrified of animal costumes. Wouldn't come near the things at two. Combine that with the Reformation Day party our church was having and "Jake as Martin Luther" was born. Animals were out, but a robe and cross? Sure mom. I'll do that.
Next came Lewis and Clark, Followed by The Wright Brothers followed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin who accompanied the then Senators Obama and McCain. It is a favorite time in October to look back over the pictures and remember the endless amounts of fun and pretending that have come with those costumes.
However, this was the first year my whole idea could come together. They had to choose their costume in early October and spend most of the month learning about their chosen person. Since we are studying ancient history, we chose from among the ancients: Moses and Ramses.
It is a lot to do. Costume making takes much of my time and sleep. But I have to admit, the excitement that comes from learning, pretending, planning and actually "becoming" the character of their choice is priceless.
This year, we were able to include "presentations" to the weekend agenda. Chaos abounded but presentations were given to an audience of nine adults, five under 3, three 4 year olds, three six year olds and a nine year old. Each took their turn nicely and there were only a few "filling ins" for little brothers by big brothers.
It was a fun weekend. Crammed full of fun. Of course, the comments are always hilarious. We heard lots of "Pharaoh and Abraham" comments (welcome to the NW) or shepherd and wiseman guesses, and the boys were quick to point out the truth of who they were. One collage guy was about beside himself over Max's costume...declaring it an "Arab" costume and saying he "looks just like a Bedouin." I took that as a compliment. The middle ages comes next year and already ideas are forming in their heads. We'll see if they remain there. Knowing my kids, they probably will.
Oh...the littles? Well, they got a little bit neglected this year, knowing that they really could care less. But I did quickly and hastily make them little fleece tablets to waddle around in. Yep...the 10 commandments. As I was in the fabric store with Jake he warns, "You better tell Max he can't throw and smash them." Fortunately, Max only found this a funny proposition and didn't actually try.
I am always a little amazed and the types of stores who willingly open their doors to let masses of candy-loaded children wander around.
"That lady gave me tootsie roll THIS BIG!"
Jake really did have a good time, he just likes to assume the character.
The 10 commandments (or at least 5) are no match for Pharaoh. He broke right away and ran towards the street.
After this much sewing, I expect to find pins everywhere...I just didn't expect to find one here. Yes, that is Noah's hair.
Noah learned a new word: TANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Max's favorite pose: Parting the Red Sea
Jake's favorite pose
My little Laws: who stayed warm in their fleece and loved to be out getting the candy, but had a hard time when they couldn't eat every piece.
My little pharaoh: who loves getting into character
My little Prophet: who likes getting dressed, but also likes taking off the costume. Who could definitely do without his picture being taken, and who chose Moses because "I don't want to make you make a hard costume. I wuv woo mommy!"