Tag Archives: halloween

Knowing When to Give Up

27 Oct

Halloween Costume Parenting Pony Twilight Sparkle

I may be reserved and nice, but I’m also surprisingly stubborn. As in, so stubborn that my husband once joked I could have a C-section without anesthetics, if I got it in my head to do so.

Stubborn plus parenting doesn’t always mix, let me tell ya.

It’s been a bumpy road, but I’m slowing learning the art of knowing when to give up—and that it’s not always a bad thing.

Case in point…

For those of you who’ve been following my escapades for a while now (if so—thank you!), you know that my daughter’s Halloween costumes have been kind of a big deal.

It started when Szaba was a mere four months old. My mother-in-law, Sue, was coming to visit. Her cancer had taken a turn for the worse, and I wanted something to cheer us both up. So I asked Sue to come up with Szaba’s costume.

I only had one rule: something aspirational, no princess girly nonsense.

Sue came through in spades with an incredible Amelia Earhart costume.

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Strong Females in Literature Costumes: Carmen

31 Oct

Strong Females in Literature Costumes Year 1For my daughter’s first Halloween, Sue set the bar very high with Amelia Earhart.

Once the torch was handed to me, I continued the theme of Inspiring Women in History costumes. In 2011 there was Marie Curie, and the next year we finished the trio with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. (Appropriately enough, it was an election year. And, yes, that was by design.)

In 2013, I wanted to somehow continue the tradition Sue started, but was ready to change my theme a bit.

How about… strong females in literature costumes?!

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Halloween Costume Ideas

21 Oct

PumpkinBabyAnyone else doing the Halloween scramble? Have no fear.

I’ve wrapped up all my previous posts on Halloween costume ideas into one handy reference.

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Best Halloween Costume?

31 Oct

Prom Blood Scene Halloween CostumeWhat what your best Halloween costume ever?

The women-in-history trio I created for my daughter is high on my list, but my personal favorite was:

Carrie. Hands down.

Unfortunately it was 1999, so I don’t have a picture to share. Most of us didn’t have camera phones or digital camera then (cue gasps from the post-Gen X crowd). You had to pay to develop film for pictures, and straight out of college, I didn’t have budget for that. My funds were strictly limited to food, transportation, loans, Filene’s Basement business suits (for my insurance job, shutter), bar covers, and beer.

But the costume was epic, trust me.

I found a white prom dress at the thrift store, stood in the tub, and dumped profuse amounts of fake blood on my head. Then I proceeded to take the ‘L’ and freak out a bunch of evening commuters. Ah, memories …

Here are a few others I’ve tried. How about about you? What your personal all-time favorite? If you’re really feeling daring, post a photo!

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No-Sew Costume Wig

26 Oct
Madame Curie Outfit

Can’t sew? Little dough? Your costume remedy…

Need an easy (and impressive) finishing touch for that last-minute costume you’re pulling together?

Here’s a great solution if you:

Need a wig.

Can’t really sew (like me).

And don’t want to spend $40 on an itchy, ill-fitting travesty at a costume shop.

Pssst: As promised, if you want to see part three of Szaba’s inspiring women in history costume series, scroll to the bottom of this post.

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Women in History Costumes

22 Oct

Girl Princess Halloween CostumesHow do parents put up with year after year of the same Halloween costume ideas?

Just the thought of a rack of princess-in-a-bag ensembles makes me want to gouge my brain out. Sure, Szaba will probably come to me one day (as soon as next year?) wanting to look like everyone else, but until then, I’m making the costumes I want. Selfish? Maybe. Fun? Definitely.

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When It Rains, It Pours

21 Oct

I remember hearing “the holidays are hard.” I had no idea how hard, especially when the holidays are a pivot point in losing someone.

The saying goes: When it rains, it pours. Well, with the drizzled onslaught of fall at my doorstep—and all the memories that come flooding back with it—I have a new appreciation for that phrase.

Last year at this time, Sue was here. Not just here on Earth, but physically HERE, in my house. Her fleece, book, robe, and slippers await where she left them in our guest room. Her e-mail about how excited she was to visit still sits expectantly in my inbox. Memories of my daughter’s first Halloween, jack-o-lantern, and costume all come along with Sue, smiling (and for the first time visibly ill) in their ranks.

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