Before we had kids, my husband and I hosted an annual Halloween costume party.
(The year was 2004; we were footloose and fancy free)
It was so fun! Our friends would come in droves to carve pumpkins, eat their collective body weight in chocolate, and take lots of funny photos in their creative outfits. People got so into it and we loved the event.
(This photo was taken moments before a tea light lit his costume on fire. Crazy!)
Then we, and all of our guests, starting having kids and the Halloween festivities shifted from being about us to about the kids. The grown-up party fizzled out we focused on taking our kids trick-or-treating and dreaming up toddler costumes. It IS really fun to dress your kid up, I know:
(Avelyn’s first Halloween, circa 2006)
We have made a new tradition of having an early pizza party dinner with a family we love, then heading down to the grandparents’ block to go trick-or-treating. It’s a lot of fun, but I have been craving the good ol’ days a bit, too. I miss dreaming up a costume, scouring the local thrift stores for essential pieces, decorating the house (aka: not dusting my chandelier all year long so it hosts genuine cobwebs…take that, MARTHA) and having a night to remember with people over the age of five.
Do you dress up and go to any parties to celebrate Halloween, or is it all about the kiddos? Can you share any really great or memorable costumes that you or your kids went as?