The first costume for Halloween 2007 was inspired by the local thrift store and its Going-Out-of-Business sale. This black dress was purchased for a mere quarter, and Miss Clavel -from Ludwig Bemelmens Madeline - came to life once I made her little headdress veil. (Miss Clavel was the costume worn at library storytime.)
At work, we had a staff luncheon with lots of fun folks in fun costumes! It was a hoot to finally put this blue and purple polyester front-zipping dress on after finding it years ago in a thrift store in the UP. It was liberating to "let it all hang out" in two...no THREE specific areas!
Later, when Anne and Jed came "home" to spend the evening with us, we headed upstairs to the thrift shop clothing/costume bin and Anne chose this groovy flower child dress, and we coaxed Jed into being a cowboy. Wes decided to go with "Fitness Man" and I was Thrift Shop Bag Lady. Amidst the doorbell ringing, Jed and Anne carved one of the front porch pumpkins, and roasted some seeds. (Jed had a great idea of rubbing the underside of the pumpkin lid with pumpkin pie spice, so that when the lighted candle burned inside, it would smell like pie baking!)
Costumed children climbed the front porch steps, rang the bell and waited for the people with the candy to come. They shouted out, "Trick or Treat!" and held out their plastic containers in anticipation of what would be placed inside. Many said their thank you's on their way back down the steps...especially after being prompted by the waiting adult at the end of the driveway. Free, colorful, sugary treats. Now THIS is a holiday! And it is still quite fun for us oldsters to celebrate, too.