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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Nightmares Come True!

Halloween is around the corner, My Friends...
And this has been a big one for us!

Getting my daughter's costume together this year made me nostalgic and I started to remember fondly all the anticipation of the Big Night.  We'd wait for it to get dark enough, while my Mom would transform us all from ordinary...to otherworldly!
She would sit us down in the kitchen and make us into whatever we decided to be that year.  She wasn't a professional make-up artist or anything....but, in my mind, she was magical in her abilities....
She was up for trying anything....from Rockstars...
My Aunt Shana as a member of KISS

To Vampires....

My Uncle Corey circa 1981 or so

To Hobo Clowns....
 Yep, that's my Mom on the left...you can't see in this picture, but she stuffed her bra like Dolly Parton for this, her "Rhinestone Cowgirl" costume ;P

Me

A Bunch of Balloons.....
My Aunt Nan

...and Skeletons....

Aunt Shana again
...And Japanese Geisha Girls....

That's me :)
My parents made Halloween such a fun holiday...and still do!  They love to dress up, even now, and thrill the grandkids (and big kids, too) with their playfulness and willingness to join in the adventures! 
Dad 2009....

...and Maggie, Me and Mom same year
 Thanks Mom and Dad, I love you!

So, Maggie's previous year's costumes haven't been too demanding...
When your kids are very young, you get to pick their costumes....dressing them up to your whim...
Maybe using a hand-me-down costume or getting a cute idea from somewhere :)

For Maggie's first year Trick or Treating back in 2008 (she was 2 1/2) I found a little leopard costume at the local Thrift Store.  It was lightweight, one piece and had a tail attached.  All she needed was some ears and a bit of make-up...

 For 2009, you saw our matching Witch costumes above.  I found them at the same Thrift Store (it is closed now....and boy, I missed that place this year!) And I knew I might not get away with wearing matching costumes in the future...haha!

Last year she requested to be a puppy....
No other specifics...which made it nice.  I found a bunch of white clothes and painted spots all over them....pretty easy!
....and Daddy was the Dogcatcher...haha!


This year, though....
She wanted to be a specific character....
She asked to be made into Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas...
I started with a black dress from, where else....a Thrift Store....and rummaged in my fabric stash til I found pieces that were close enough...
I dyed a shirt and a pair of tights blue, found stripey socks, put on some blue make-up, stitches and a wig....
Here's my little Sally :D

I had so much trouble finding a straight red wig...this was the best we could do....but she LOVED it!
I was so proud and happy with the way it turned out and how much she enjoyed being transformed!

We went to Disneyland and just had to get her picture in front of the Haunted Mansion, which is a Nightmare Before Christmas attraction this time of year!



It was perfect!
Now I know how my Mom must've felt all those years....
I made her Halloween dreams nightmares come true :D
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AND NOW.....to announce the winner of my Halloween Party Treat!
All your names were written on slips of paper...
...and dropped in the pot....
They were stirred and mixed.....
...then a winner was picked...
...and this is who we got!
Congrats to
Little Miss Hungry!
A certain little crow will be flying to you soon!

Thank you all so much for walking with me down memory lane....and being one of the reasons this year's Halloween is so awesome!

Much love...and sweets to you and your families,
Cam

19 comments:

Shayla said...

These photos are adorable! I am excited for Trick or Treating this year because it is the first year my son can (sort of) join in on the fun. Though...he is terrified of anyone dressed up. haha.

Marty said...

Hi Cameron! I LOVED seeing all the pictures and the costumes from years past. You and Maggie are just too cute! :)

NatashaMay said...

This was such a pleasure to read. :)It's so nice that your whole family is into this holiday and your parents totally rock! :) Judging from the pictures and dates you're aunts and uncle are much younger from your mom? And you were such a cutie as a geisha. :)Not to mention your little girl. What a gem!

The Secret Hermit said...

Awesome photos Cam, my girl had her halloween school disco on friday and we are trick or treating tonight and tomorrow, Loving it :)

Diane said...

Great memories, and Maggie's costume this year--love it!! And to top it off you got to go to Disneyland and one of my favorite attractions (the Haunted Mansion) I'm so jealous!!
P.S. Congratulations to the lucky winner!
Happy Halloween.....

Treehugger_31 said...

That geisha girl costume is to die for! Love it!!!!

Maggie looks super cute! Have fun Trick or Treating!

Carmen said...

That Sally costume is AMAZING and can I just say... how cool is your daughter to ask to go as her? Seriously? Bet that was a proud Mummy moment!

Love this little peek into your Halloween past :D How I wish it was such a big thing here. We had our first trick or treater last night and I hadn't been shopping! I don't think she was having much luck as her little cauldron was mighty bare so I raided our chocolate biscuit tin for her. Told her to come back Monday when we would definitely have something a bit more tempting :P

Once again, I'm so jealous of your handwriting!

Jennifer said...

What wonderful costumes! She looks adorable as Sally, that is a really creative and awesome job you have done there!

Allison said...

I love her costume, you did great!! I love going back and looking at pictures from years gone bye!! Happy Halloween to you and yours!!

Little Miss Hungry said...

There's nothing like a homemade costume! My mom always made ours as kids and I still make my own to this day :) The Sally costume came out great!

Thank you so much for choosing me as the lucky giveaway winner! Yay!

Hybrid J said...

Such a heart warming post to read. I just adore your family, full of love and creativity. :)

Geri Centonze said...

Really enjoyed your walk down Halloween Memory lane! Maggie looks awesome as Sally! What a lucky girl she is to have you!

Kristin said...

Awe, these are so so so awesome! No wonder you've created such wonderful things for your Halloween home! Your baby is SO cute (wonderful makeup job!) and I LOVE you in that Geisha costume! So brilliant, xoxo

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, this is the most AMAZING post!!! Your daughter's costume is astounding! Happy Halloween and hugs to your little darlin'!!
XO
Cindy

Joyce van der Lely said...

Love your story about years and costumes gone by and I am in Love with Mags costume this year !!!! Happy Halloween my friends ♥♥

Lisa Graham Art said...

This makes me want to dress up...have not done so in years.

Great photos Cam...and Sally's costume looks so super! Have fun today!

Cris said...

Love all those photos! Can't wait to see the trick or treaters we get tonight. I love your daughter as Sally. So Cute! One of my daughters dressed as Sally one year wearing a burlap dress with lots of stitches. Have good night!

Victoria said...

Wow..super wow!!..oh Cameron..what a fabulous post and tribute and beautiful festive-family fun..beautiful photos and memories and gorgeous costumes! Super creative! thanks for sharing this wonderful post! and oh my..congrats to the winner..lucky!

Hugs kindred..visiting here always make me smile and sparked with magic!
Victoria

Raven Moon Magic said...

what an awesome trip down memory lane! I loved seeing your old photos and how much halloween is integrated into your life. Just pop into disneyland!! seriously! thats just a place thats on the start of movies for us, you have no idea how lucky you are to be able to go! Maggie Moo looked amazing, when I googled the picture of the character, she looked perfect!!! talented mummy!!!

xxx
sheree

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